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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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Every cloud has a silver lining.
~ Proverb

 

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Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.
~ Marquis De Vauvenargues

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
~ Jean De La Fontaine

 

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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.
~ Francoise Sagan

 

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Life is the art of being well deceived.
~ William Hazlitt

 

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

 

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

 

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Nothing is more common on earth than to deceive and be deceived.
~ Johann G. Seume

 

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Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
~ Oliver Cromwell

 

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The art of pleasing is the art of deception.
~ Marquis De Vauvenargues

 

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

 

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