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Famous Deception Quotes

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A list of the best deception quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous deception quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic deception quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about deception?" and "What are inspirational deception quotes?"

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

    Benjamin Franklin More
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    Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.

    Socrates More
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More
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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 More
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    The art of pleasing is the art of deception.

    Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues More
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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 More
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    Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

    Homer More
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    The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.

    François de La Rochefoucauld More
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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 More
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    It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

    Jean de La Fontaine More
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    Every cloud has a silver lining.

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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 More
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    The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.

    Johann Kaspar Lavater More
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    Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.

    Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues More
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    The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three. First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise. For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum to call up all that are against them. The second is to reserve a man's self a fair retreat: for if a man engage himself, by a manifest declaration, he must go through, or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought.

    Francis Bacon More
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    I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him.

    Samuel Johnson More
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    No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.

    Christian Nevell Bovee More
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    Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.

    Oliver Cromwell More
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    Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.

    Desiderius Erasmus More
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    Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?

    Benjamin Franklin More
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More
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    Life is the art of being well deceived.

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

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

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    He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others.

    Horace More
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    To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified.

    William James More
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    new! "Deception is a tactic: use it. Do whatever it takes to win."

    Janet Morris More
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    Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.

    Plato More
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    We like to be deceived.

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

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    All gods are tricksters, and war gods worst of any.

    Janet Morris More
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