Quotes About Self Deception

Quotes tagged as "self-deception" (showing 1-30 of 129)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

S.E. Hinton
“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”
S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

Leo Tolstoy
“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

Søren Kierkegaard
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Napoléon Bonaparte
“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

Patrick Rothfuss
“The best lies about me are the ones I told.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Friedrich Nietzsche
“The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Philip K. Dick
“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”
Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Henry David Thoreau
“The preachers and lecturers deal with men of straw, as they are men of straw themselves. Why, a free-spoken man, of sound lungs, cannot draw a long breath without causing your rotten institutions to come toppling down by the vacuum he makes. Your church is a baby-house made of blocks, and so of the state.

...The church, the state, the school, the magazine, think they are liberal and free! It is the freedom of a prison-yard.”
Henry David Thoreau, I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau

Thomas Hardy
“People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of them may know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort.”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

Saul Bellow
“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back

Rudyard Kipling
“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

Derek Landy
“The fact is that we have no way of knowing if the person who we think we are is at the core of our being. Are you a decent girl with the potential to someday become an evil monster, or are you an evil monster that thinks it's a decent girl?"

"Wouldn't I know which one I was?"

"Good God, no. The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Allan Bloom
“The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency -- the belief that the here and now is all there is.”
Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

Jodi Picoult
“You can fool yourself, you know. You'd think it's impossible, but it turns out it's the easiest thing of all.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

W. Somerset Maugham
“If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

Derek Landy
“The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Irvine Welsh
“There's that horrible-beautiful moment, that bitter-sweet impasse where you know that somebody is bullshitting you but they're doing it with such panache and conviction...no, it's because they say exactly what you want to hear, at that point in time.”
Irvine Welsh, Porno

Criss Jami
“I often find that people confuse inner peace with some sense of insensibility whenever something goes wrong. In such cases inner peace is a permit for destruction: The unyielding optimist will pretend that the forest is not burning either because he is too lazy or too afraid to go and put the fire out.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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

Sam Shepard
“I believe in my mask-- The man I made up is me
I believe in my dance-- And my destiny”
Sam Shepard

James     Baldwin
“People who believe that they are strong-willed and the masters of their destiny can only continue to believe this by becoming specialists in self-deception.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

Mark  Lawrence
“We all practice self-deception to a degree; no man can handle complete honesty without being cut at each turn. There's not enough room in a man's head for sanity alongside each grief, each worry, each terror that he owns. I’m well used to burying such things in a dark cellar and moving on.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Fools

Friedrich Nietzsche
“It is a self-deception of philosophers and moralists to imagine that they escape decadence by opposing it. That is beyond their will; and, however little they acknowledge it, one later discovers that they were among the most powerful promoters of decadence.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power

Steve Maraboli
“Stop lying to yourself. When we deny our own truth, we deny our own potential.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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

“Being in love is dangerous because you talk yourself into thinking you've never had it so good.”
David Salle

Cees Nooteboom
“Language is something you inherit, it's never just you doing the talking, which helps when you're pretending.”
Cees Nooteboom

Criss Jami
“People love answers, but only as long as they are the ones who came up with them.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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