Quotes about Deceit and Deception
Most popular deceit quotes
There are two ingredients to deceit: a good bit of truth and a few little lies.
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.
God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause.
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.
Deceit and violence—these are the two forms of deliberate assault on human beings.
For of all the hard things to bear and grin, The hardest is knowing you're taken in.
There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.
There is no killing the suspicion that deceit has once begotten.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
O Memory! Thou fond deceiver.
To deceive gracefully is the very essence of social life.
He would withhold information and even allow a listener to be misled—which comes close to the definition of deceit.
"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.
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know, because they have never deceived us.
It is as easy to deceive ourselves without noticing as it is hard to deceive others without their noticing.
Men would not live long in social contact unless they were deceived by one another.
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.
People can be induced to swallow anything, provided it is sufficiently seasoned with praise.
Deceit is a kind of garment that conceals the soul. It might even be compared to a whole wardrobe, so many are its guises.
It is easier to deceive than to undeceive.
It is amazing how people deceive themselves and others when it is in their interest to do so.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the world with evil.
Deceit, the natural disease of lovers and the ambitious.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.
I set it down that That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
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.
People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception.
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.