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53 Deceit Quotes

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

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

Hitopadesa 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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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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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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Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.

Marquis De Vauvenargues Quotes

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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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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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