Self Deception Quotes

Most popular self-deception quotes

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.

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Self-esteem, n. An erroneous appraisement.


There is no such flatterer as is a man's self.

flattery the self

Self-deception, n. The low road to peace of mind.
The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible.
The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.
Self-deception is sometimes as necessary a tool as a crowbar.
The coward regards himself as cautious, the miser as thrifty.


The most common sort of lie is the one uttered to one's self.
Where we have strong emotions, we're liable to fool ourselves.


Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning.


Every stink that fights the ventilator thinks it is Don Quixote.
We do not deal much in fact when we are contemplating ourselves.


It's the easiest thing in the world for a man to deceive himself.
We all have our little illusions about our own mental capacities.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.


Self-deception once yielded to, all other deceptions follow naturally more and more.
What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.


We are most deeply asleep at the switch when we fancy we control any switches at all.
The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot wheel and said, "What a dust do I raise!"
It is amazing how people deceive themselves and others when it is in their interest to do so.


The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you're the easiest person to fool.
We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves.


Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
It is as easy to deceive ourselves without noticing as it is hard to deceive others without their noticing.


No estimate is more in danger of erroneous calculation than those by which a man computes the force of his own genius.
O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It would frae mony a blunder free us,
And foolish notion.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.


I try not to kid myself. You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous.
No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
If tempted by something that feels "altruistic," examine your motives and root out that self-deception. Then, if you still want to do it, wallow in it!

altruism Giving

Most of our platitudes notwithstanding, self-deception remains the most difficult deception. The tricks that work on others count for nothing in that very well-lit back alley where one keeps assignations with oneself.
Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others.


It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions—especially  selfish ones.