Photo: via Wikimedia

Quotations The Best Quotes About Deception  

207 votes 98 voters 21.7k views

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. Vote for the deception sayings that strongly resonate with you, and downvote any you didn't like.

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.

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

This list includes notable deception quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest deception quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite deception sayings get to the bottom of the list.
list ordered by

11 1
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. Mark Twain

11 1
Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will. Oliver Cromwell

20 8
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. Benjamin Franklin

13 3
For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night. William Shakespeare

9 2
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

10 4
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

8 3
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

8 4
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another. Homer

4 0
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others. William Hazlitt

4 0
"Deception is a tactic: use it. Do whatever it takes to win." Janet Morris

6 3
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver. Jean de La Fontaine

6 3
Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5 2
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4 1
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others. Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

4 1
All gods are tricksters, and war gods worst of any. Janet Morris

4 1
The art of pleasing is the art of deception. Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

3 2
He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others. Horace

2 1
Life is the art of being well deceived. William Hazlitt

2 1
Who had deceived thee so often as thyself? Benjamin Franklin

1 0
The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.

1 0
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

1 0
The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart. Johann Kaspar Lavater

3 3
Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers. Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

2 2
Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth. Desiderius Erasmus

0 0
To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified. William James

2 3
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people. Mark Twain

1 2
Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. Plato

1 2
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. Christian Nevell Bovee

1 2
Every cloud has a silver lining.

0 1
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

0 4
We like to be deceived. Blaise Pascal