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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 deception quotes from that same writer.

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

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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

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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

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Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will. Oliver Cromwell

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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

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We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others. Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

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The art of pleasing is the art of deception. Luc de Clapiers^! marquis de Vauvenargues

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

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Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth. Desiderius Erasmus

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"Deception is a tactic: use it. Do whatever it takes to win." Janet Morris

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It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver. Jean de La Fontaine

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Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers. Luc de Clapiers^! marquis de Vauvenargues

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

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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

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Who had deceived thee so often as thyself? Benjamin Franklin

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

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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

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Every cloud has a silver lining.

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To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified. William James

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Life is the art of being well deceived. William Hazlitt

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The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart. Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

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Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. Plato

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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

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We like to be deceived. Blaise Pascal