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Deception Quotes

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 (1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the USA)


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

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)


Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)


We like to be deceived.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French Scientist, Religious Philosopher)


To know how to disguise is the knowledge of kings.

Cardinal De Richelieu (1585-1642, French Statesman)


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

Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904, American Author, Lawyer)


I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn’t pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with. And, in the end, I distilled everything down to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die. 

Christopher Hampton (1946-, British Playwright)


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

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536, Dutch Humanist)


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 (1561-1626, British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman)


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

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)



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. 

Françoise Sagan (1935-2004, French novelist, playwright)


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

Hitopadesa (Sanskrit Fable From Panchatantra)


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

Homer (850 BC, Greek Epic Poet)


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

Horace (65-8 BC, Italian Poet)


It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French Poet)


Nothing is more common on earth than to deceive and be deceived.

Johann G. Seume (1763-1810, German Theologist)


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

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss Theologian, Mystic)


We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist)


Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist)


The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.

John Tillotson (1630-1694, British Theologian – Archbishop of Canterbury)


The crafty person is always in danger; and when they think they walk in the dark, all their pretenses are transparent.

John Tillotson (1630-1694, British Theologian – Archbishop of Canterbury)


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

Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941, Russian Poet)


Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer)


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

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer)



The art of pleasing is the art of deception.

Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French Moralist)


Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.

Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French Moralist)


Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658, Parliamentarian General, Lord Protector of England)


The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.

Pierre Charron (1541-1603, French Philosopher)


Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.

Plato (427-347 BC, Greek Philosopher)


Every cloud has a silver lining.



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 (1774-1843, British Author)


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 (1709-1784, British Author)


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 (469-399 BC, Greek Philosopher of Athens)


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

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)


Life is the art of being well deceived.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)


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

William James (1842-1910, American Psychologist, Professor, Author)


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

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor)

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