Quotes about Deceit and Deception

Most popular deceit quotes

O Memory! Thou fond deceiver.

memory

It is easier to deceive than to undeceive.
God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause.

cause

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.

lies

Deceit, the natural disease of lovers and the ambitious.
To deceive gracefully is the very essence of social life.
People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception.
There is no killing the suspicion that deceit has once begotten.

suspicion

I set it down that
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

cynical love men men and women

There are two ingredients to deceit: a good bit of truth and a few little lies.

lying

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the world with evil.

lies

Deceit and violence—these are the two forms of deliberate assault on human beings.
Men would not live long in social contact unless they were deceived by one another.
For of all the hard things to bear and grin,
The hardest is knowing you're taken in.
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know, because they have never deceived us.
People can be induced to swallow anything, provided it is sufficiently seasoned with praise.

praise

It is amazing how people deceive themselves and others when it is in their interest to do so.

self-deception

There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.
It is as easy to deceive ourselves without noticing as it is hard to deceive others without their noticing.

self-deception

He would withhold information and even allow a listener to be misled—which comes close to the definition of deceit.
Deceit is a kind of garment that conceals the soul.  It might even be compared to a whole wardrobe, so many are its guises.
All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others.  That is what the world calls a romance.

romance

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.
Deception and "con games" are a way of life in all species and throughout nature. Organisms that do not improve their ability to deceive—and to detect deception—are less apt to survive.
It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks latenesses, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patchings to repair great rents in the quotidian.
"Spin" is a polite word for deception.  Spinners mislead by means that range from subtle omissions to outright lies. Spin paints a false picture of reality by bending facts, mischaracterizing the words of others, ignoring or denying crucial evidence, or just "spinning a yarn" — by making things up.