A hypocrite might (conceivably) repent and mend…

“A hypocrite might (conceivably) repent and mend; or he might be unmasked and rendered innocuous. But who could bring to repentance, and who can unmask, those who were attempting no deception? who don’t know that they are not the real thing because they don’t know that there ever was a real thing?”

– from p.48 of “The World’s Last Night And Other Essays” by C. S. Lewis (1960).