Quotes of Deception

“ I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final. You know, I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me. ”

- Woody Allen

“ We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves. ”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“ War is based on deception. ”

- Sun tzu

“ A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective. ”

- Sun tzu

“ All warfare is based on deception. There is no place where espionage is not used. Offer the enemy bait to lure him. ”

- Sun tzu

“ The intention of never deceiving often exposes us to deception. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that. ”

- Pearl Bailey

“ If you can talk brilliantly enough about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered. ”

- Stanley Kubrick

“ I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating. ”

- Sophocles

“ For neither man nor angel can discern hypocrisy, the only evil that walks invisible, except to God alone. ”

- John Milton

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

- Homer

“ Superstition, idolatry and hypocrisy have ample wages, but the truth goes begging. ”

- Martin Luther

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

- Bret Harte

“ When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat. Yet, fooled by hope, men favour the deceit; trust on, and think to-morrow will repay: to-morrow's falser than the former day. ”

- John Dryden

“ Rob the average man of his life-illusion and you rob him also of his happiness. ”

- Henry Jacobsen

“ There is no deception now, Mr. Weller. Tears," said Job, with a look of momentary slyness, "tears are not the only proofs of distress, nor the best ones. ”

- Charles Dickens

“ In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. ”

- George Orwell

“ Peace, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive. ”

- Ogden Nash

“ There was a period of sort of minor deception. Then the book seemed to be being advertised initially as the official history, and I did object to him saying that. ”

- Nick Mason

“ He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; / When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. ”

- Bible

“ Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify the trouble we take to have sex. ”

- Daniel S. Greenberg

“ A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths. ”

- Marina Tsvetaeva

“ 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

“ Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. ”

- George Orwell

“ Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't — it's human. ”

- Desiderius Erasmus

“ The art of pleasing is the art of deception. ”

- Marquis de Vauvenargues

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

- John Locke

“ You can have no greater or lesser dominion than the one over yourself. The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. ”

- Leonardo da Vinci

“ I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down. ”

- Virgil Thomson
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