Quotes About Deceit

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Noël Coward
“It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit

Leo Tolstoy
“Anything is better than lies and deceit!”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Susan Forward
“Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior. If a man lies to you, he is behaving badly and unlovingly toward you. He is disrespecting you and your relationship. The words “I love you” are not enough to make up for that. Don’t kid yourself that they are.”
Susan Forward, When Your Lover Is a Liar: Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal

Criss Jami
“The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Susan Forward
“MAKING THE LIE MAKE SENSE:

When denial (his or ours) can no longer hold and we finally have to admit to ourselves that we’ve been lied to, we search frantically for ways to keep it from disrupting our lives. So we rationalize. We find “good reasons” to justify his lying, just as he almost always accompanies his confessions with “good reasons” for his lies. He tells us he only lied because…. We tell ourselves he only lied because…. We make excuses for him: The lying wasn’t significant/Everybody lies/He’s only human/I have no right to judge him.

Allowing the lies to register in our consciousness means having to make room for any number of frightening possibilities:

• He’s not the man I thought he was.
• The relationship has spun out of control and I don’t know
what to do
• The relationship may be over.

Most women will do almost anything to avoid having to face these truths. Even if we yell and scream at him when we discover that he’s lied to us, once the dust settles, most of us will opt for the comforting territory of rationalization. In fact, many of us are willing to rewire our senses, short-circuit our instincts and intelligence, and accept the seductive comfort of self-delusion.”
Susan Forward, When Your Lover Is a Liar: Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal

William Shakespeare
“God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

William Shakespeare
“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Libba Bray
“You must remember, my dear lady, the most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

Susan Forward
“When your lover is a liar, you and he have a lot in common, you're both lying to you!”
Susan Forward, When Your Lover Is a Liar: Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal

Euripides
“When one with honeyed words but evil mind
Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.”
Euripides, Orestes

Jane Austen
“Nothing is more deceitful," said Darcy, "than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

Dark Jar Tin Zoo
“To find out if she really loved me, I hooked her up to a lie detector. And just as I suspected, my machine was broken.
”
Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

Criss Jami
“A rumor is a social cancer: it is difficult to contain and it rots the brains of the masses. However, the real danger is that so many people find rumors enjoyable. That part causes the infection. And in such cases when a rumor is only partially made of truth, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the information may have gone wrong. It is passed on and on until some brave soul questions its validity; that brave soul refuses to bite the apple and let the apple eat him. Forced to start from scratch for the sake of purity and truth, that brave soul, figuratively speaking, fully amputates the information in order to protect his personal judgment. In other words, his ignorance is to be valued more than the lie believed to be true.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Christine de Pizan
“Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence.”
Christine de Pizan, Der Sendbrief vom Liebesgott / The Letter of the God of Love

Charles Martin
“Never judge someone by their relatives.”
Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery

Criss Jami
“What man ever openly apologizes for slander? It is not so much a feeling of slander as it is that of a massive lie, a misdeed not only to the slandered but also to those manipulated in the process. He has made them all, every one, his enemies, thereupon he is so overwhelmed with guilt that he will deny it until his grave.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Susan Forward
“Reality Check
His lying is not contigent on who you are or what you do. His lying is not your fault. Lying is his choice and his problem, and if he makes that choice with you, he will make it with any other woman he’s with. That doesn’t mean you’re an angel and he’s the devil. It does mean that if he doesn’t like certain things about you, he has many ways to address them besides lying. If there are sexual problems between you, there are many resources available to help you. Nothing can change until you hold him responsible and accountable for lying and stop blaming yourself.

The lies we tell ourselves to keep from seeing the truth about our lovers don’t feel like lies. They feel comfortable, familiar, and true. We repeat them like a mantra and cling to them like security blankets, hoping to calm ourselves and regain our sense that the world works the way we believe it ought to.
Self-lies are false friends we look to for comfort and protection—and for a short time they may make us feel better. But we can only keep the truth at bay for so long. Our self-lies can’t erase his lies, and as we’ll see, the longer we try to pretend they can, the more we deepen the hurt.”
Susan Forward

Desiderius Erasmus
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”
Desiderius Erasmus

Pierre Corneille
“A liar is always lavish of oaths.”
Pierre Corneille

John Gower
“There is no deception on the part of the woman, where a man bewilders himself: if he deludes his own wits, I can certainly acquit the women. Whatever man allows his mind to dwell upon the imprint his imagination has foolishly taken of women, is fanning the flames within himself -- and, since the woman knows nothing about it, she is not to blame. For if a man incites himself to drown, and will not restrain himself, it is not the water's fault.”
John Gower, Confessio Amantis

Michel Houellebecq
“Love binds, and it binds forever. Good binds while evil unravels. Separation is another word for evil; it is also another word for deceit.”
Michel Houellebecq, The Elementary Particles

Aristotle
“youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.”
Aristotle

“A smile is the best way to deal with difficult situations. Even if it's a fake one. Used properly, you can fool anyone with them.”
Sai

Christine de Pizan
“Yet if women are so flighty, fickle, changeable, susceptible, and inconstant (as some clerks would have us believe), why is it that their suitors have to resort to such trickery to have their way with them? And why don't women quickly succumb to them, without the need for all this skill and ingenuity in conquering them? For there is no need to go to war for a castle that is already captured. (...)

Therefore, since it is necessary to call on such skill, ingenuity, and effort in order to seduce a woman, whether of high or humble birth, the logical conclusion to draw is that women are by no means as fickle as some men claim, or as easily influenced in their behaviour. And if anyone tells me that books are full of women like these, it is this very reply, frequently given, which causes me to complain. My response is that women did not write these books nor include the material which attacks them and their morals. Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence. But if women had written these books, I know full well the subject would have been handled differently. They know that they stand wrongfully accused, and that the cake has not been divided up equally, for the strongest take the lion's share, and the one who does the sharing out keeps the biggest portion for himself.”
Christine de Pizan, Der Sendbrief vom Liebesgott / The Letter of the God of Love

François de La Rochefoucauld
“One may outwit another, but not all the others.”
François de La Rochefoucauld

Patti Callahan Henry
“Over time, hidden truths morph in the dark soil of deceit into something much worse.”
Patti Callahan Henry, Between the Tides

Kresley Cole
“Why am I letting you comfort me?” He stared over her head. Because I’ve made sure you have no one else to turn to.”
Kresley Cole, Lothaire

Dee Remy
“Mirrors are perpetually deceitful. They lie and steal your true self. They reveal only what your mind believes it sees”
Dee Remy, There Once Was A Boy

Criss Jami
“Even if there are instances in which it can be mistook by onlookers, never fool yourself into using misunderstood genius as an excuse to be a fool.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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