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53 Deceit Quotes

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

Phineas T. Barnum Quotes , Source: often attributed to Lincoln but denied by Spofford

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What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women.

Sir Thomas Browne Quotes , Source: Urn Burial (ch. V)

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A sheep in sheep's clothing.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3) Quotes , Source: about Clement Atlee

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We never deceive for a good purpose: knavery adds malice to falsehood. [Fr., On ne trompe point en bien; la fourberie ajoute la malice au mensonge.]

Jean de la Bruyere Quotes , Source: Les Caracteres (XI)

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He seemed For dignity compos'd and high exploit: But all was false and hollow.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 110)

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Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Mark Twain Quotes

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All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.

Robert South Quotes

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When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what world calls a romance.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Deceit is in haste, but honesty can wait a fair leisure

Proverb Quotes

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Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Bible Quotes

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Think'st thou there are no serpents in the world But those who slide along the grassy sod, And sting the luckless foot that presses them? There are who in the path of social life Do bask their spotted skins in Fortune's sun, And sting the soul.

Joanna Baillie Quotes , Source: De Montfort (act I, sc. 2)

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Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Lord Thomas Denman Quotes , Source: O'Connell vs. the Queen, II Clark and Finnelly Reports 351

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The silly when deceived exclaim loudly; the fool complains; the honest man walks away and is silent. [Fr., Le bruit est pour le fat, la plainte pour le sot; L'honnete homme trompe s'eloigne et ne dit mot.]

Francois de la Noue ("Bras de Fer") Quotes , Source: La Coquette Corrigee (I, 3)

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One is easily fooled by that which one loves. [Fr., On est aisement dupe par ce qu'on aime.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Le Tartuffe (IV, 3)

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The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.

Pierre Charron Quotes

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Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.

Robert Southey Quotes

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Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fastly misled us as those that are not wholly wrong, as no timepieces so effectively deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right.

Colton Quotes

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Every crowd has a silver lining.

P. T. Barnum Quotes

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The man creates a pseudonym and hides behind it like a worm

Sylvia Plath Quotes

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God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause.

Aeschylus Quotes , Source: Frag. Incert. (II)

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False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.

Christian N. Bovee Quotes

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The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.

Hitopadesa Quotes

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If the world will be gulled, let it be gulled.

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. III, sec. IV, memb. 1, subsect. 2)

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But Esau's hands suit ill with Jacob's voice.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 982)

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