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Quotes About Deception

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Arthur Conan Doyle
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boscombe Valley Mystery

Sun Tzu
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Criss Jami
“Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”
Criss Jami

Jane Austen
“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”
Jane Austen, Emma

Walter Scott
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.”
Walter Scott, Marmion

André Malraux
“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”
André Malraux

Charles Baudelaire
“La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas."

("The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.")”
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen

Sun Tzu
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Alfred Tennyson
“A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.”
Alfred Tennyson

Oscar Wilde
“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
Oscar Wilde

Ashly Lorenzana
“Never try to do anything that is outside of who you are. A forced smile is a sign of what feels wrong in your heart, so recognize it when it happens. Living a lie will reduce you to one.”
Ashly Lorenzana

Khaled Hosseini
“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.”
Khaled Hosseini

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

Niccolò Machiavelli
“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Zoë Marriott
“People trust their eyes above all else - but most people see what they wish to see, or what they believe they should see; not what is really there”
Zoë Marriott, Shadows on the Moon

L. Frank Baum
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Denise Hildreth Jones
“Some things just couldn't be protectd from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off...Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.”
Denise Hildreth Jones

Agatha Christie
“A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attentions and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love he can't help looking like a sheep.”
Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train

Frank Herbert
“Do actions agree with words? There's your measure of reliability. Never confine yourself to the words.”
Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

Thomas Hardy
“At first I did not love you, Jude; that I own. When I first knew you I merely wanted you to love me. I did not exactly flirt with you; but that inborn craving which undermines some women's morals almost more than unbridled passion--the craving to attract and captivate, regardless of the injury it may do the man--was in me; and when I found I had caught you, I was frightened. And then--I don't know how it was-- I couldn't bear to let you go--possibly to Arabella again--and so I got to love you, Jude. But you see, however fondly it ended, it began in the selfish and cruel wish to make your heart ache for me without letting mine ache for you.”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

William Shakespeare
“And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With odd old ends stol'n out of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”
William Shakespeare, Richard III

Deb Caletti
“People are secretive when they have secrets.”
Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

Jim Butcher
“Many things are not as they seem: The worst things in life never are.”
Jim Butcher, White Night

Dave Eggers
“His lies were so exquisite I almost wept.”
Dave Eggers, What is the What

Suzanne Finnamore
“I remember one desolate Sunday night, wondering: Is this how I´m going to spend the rest of my life? Marrid to someone who is perpetually distracted and somewhat wistful, as though a marvelous party is going on in the next room, which but for me he could be attending?”
Suzanne Finnamore

Suzanne Finnamore
“I used to loathe ambivalence; now I adore it. Ambivalence is my new best friend.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

Scott Lynch
“We’re a different sort of thief here, Lamora. Deception and misdirection are our tools. We don’t believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much more.”
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Suzanne Finnamore
“So many events and moments that seemed insignificant add up. I remember how for the last Valentine´s Day, N gave flowers but no card. In restaurants, he looked off into the middle distance while my hand would creep across the table to hold his. He would always let go first. I realize I can´t remember his last spontaneous gesture of affection.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Her words were like tinfoil; they shone and they covered things up.”
Helen Cross, My Summer of Love

Suzanne Finnamore
“The snag about marriage is, it isn´t worth the divorce.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

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