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53 Deceit Quotes

The angel answer'd, "Nay, said soul; go higher! To be deceived in your true heart's desire Was bitterer than a thousand years of fire!"

John Hay Quotes , Source: A Woman's Love

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Where the lion's skin falls short it must be eked out with the fox's.

Lysander Quotes , Source: his remark on being told he resorted too much to craft, in Plutarch's "Life of Lyander"

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When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.

Mark Twain Quotes

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You think him to be your dupe; if he feigns to be so who is the greater dupe, he or you? [Fr., Vous le croyez votre dupe: s'il feint de l'etre, qui est plus dupe, de lui ou de vous?]

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

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One may outwit another, but not all the others. [Fr., On peut etre plus fin qu'un autre, mais non pas plus fin que tous les autres.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maxim (394)

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Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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There is a cunning which we in England call the turning of the cat in the pan.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Essays--Of Cunning

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The people wish to be deceived; let them be deceived. [Lat., Populus vult decipi; decipiatur.]

Cardinal Carlo Carafa (or Caraffa) Quotes , Source: said to have used this expression in reference to the devout Parisians

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It is the act of a bad man to deceive by falsehood. [Lat., Improbi hominis est mendacio fallere.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Oratio Pro Murena (XXX)

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We are never deceived, we deceive ourselves. [Ger., Man wird betrogen, man betrugt sich selbst.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Spruche in Prosa (III)

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Pretexts are not wanting when one wishes to use them. [It., Non mancano pretesti quando si vuole.]

Goldoni Quotes , Source: La Villeggiatura (I, 12)

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Which I wish to remark-- And my language is plain,-- That for ways that are dark And for tricks that are vain, The heathen Chinee is peculiar.

Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte) Quotes , Source: Plain Language from Truthful James, (Heathen Chinee)

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Hateful to me as are the gates of hell, Is he who, hiding one thing in his heart, Utters another.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Iliad (bk. IX, l. 386), (Bryant's translation)

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It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. [Fr., Car c'est double plaisir de tromper le trompeur.]

Jean de La Fontaine Quotes , Source: Fables (II, 15)

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It is vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving, wherein men find pleasure to be deceived.

John Locke Quotes , Source: Human Understanding (bk. III, ch. X, 34)

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The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.

Adolf Hitler Quotes

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Men are always sincere. They change sincerities, that's all.

Tristan Bernard Quotes

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The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them and they make us despair in losing them.

Madame de Lambert Quotes

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Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.

William Hazlitt Quotes

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It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

Jean de La Fontaine Quotes

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

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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We like to be deceived.

Blaise Pascal Quotes

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It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality.

Francoise Sagan Quotes

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For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.

William Shakespeare Quotes

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Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

Mark Twain Quotes

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