Deception Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osamu Dazai
“I am convinced that human life is filled with many pure, happy, serene examples of insincerity, truly splendid of their kind-of people deceiving one another without (strangely enough) any wounds being inflicted, of people who seem unaware even that they are deceiving one another.”
Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

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

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

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

Alberto Moravia
“And we all know love is a glass which makes even a monster appear fascinating.”
Alberto Moravia, The Woman of Rome

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

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.

Noel Langley
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
Noel Langley, The Wizard of Oz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grace Willows
“You are enough to drive a saint to madness or a king to his knees.”
Grace Willows, To Kiss a King

Robert A. Heinlein
“I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth--then shut up.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

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

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