Duplicity Quotes

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William Shakespeare
“And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear, millions of mischiefs.”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Niccolò Machiavelli
“For this can be said of men in general: that they are ungrateful, fickle, hypocrites and dissemblers, avoiders of dangers, greedy for gain; and while you benefit them, they are entirely yours, offering you their blood, their goods, their life, their children,...when need is far away, but when you actually become needy, they turn away. (translated by Wayne A. Rebhorn)”
Machiavelli Niccolo, The Prince

Roland Barthes
“I want a History of Looking. For the Photograph is the advent of myself as other: a cunning dissociation of consciousness from identity. Even odder: it was before Photography that men had the most to say about the vision of the double. Heautoscopy was compared with an hallucinosis; for centuries this was a great mythic theme.”
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Boris Pasternak
“The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.”
Boris Pasternak

“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.”
Francois De La Rochefoucault

Wallace Stevens
“There is a perfect rout of characters in every man—and every man is like an actor’s trunk, full of strange creatures, new & old. But an actor and his trunk are two different things”
Wallace Stevens

“The next morning the sea was calm again, the sun was shining, and the water was so blue and innocent a man might never know that under it my brother floated, dead with all his men.”
George R.R. Martin, Fire & Blood

Criss Jami
“I suspect that 'Kindness and Cruelty' and 'Mercy and Justice' all have secret affairs, as though they rendezvous only within certain sophisticated souls: those who hate being offensive, but love telling the truth.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Guy de Maupassant
“They were so absorbed in their plotting that they did not hear Boule de Suif return. But the Comte's whispered 'shh!' made them all look up. There she was. A sudden silence fell, and at first a feeling of embarrassment prevented them from speaking to her. At last, however, the Comtesse, more of an adept than the rest in social duplicity, asked her: 'Did you enjoy the christening?”
Guy de Maupassant, Selected Short Stories

Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Oh, oh, you will be sorry for that word!
Give me back my book and take my kiss instead.
Was it my enemy or my friend I heard,
"What a big book for such a little head!"
Come, I will show you now my newest hat,
And you may watch me purse my mouth and prink!
Oh, I shall love you still, and all of that.
I never again shall tell you what I think.
I shall be sweet and crafty, soft and sly;
You will not catch me reading any more:
I shall be called a wife to pattern by;
And some day when you knock and push the door,
Some sane day, not too bright and not too stormy,
I shall be gone, and you may whistle for me.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Angelica Hopes
“Cyber trolls' deceptive manipulative, political power play, duplicity and devious hypocrisy cannot equate to true friendship.~ Angelica Hopes, K.H. Trilogy”
Angelica Hopes

Charles Dickens
“When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people.”
Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

David Halberstam
“All professions have some element of theater to them.”
David Halberstam, The Powers That Be

Francis Bacon
“There be many wise men, that have secret hearts, and transparent countenances.”
Francis Bacon

Arundhati Roy
“But you have no understanding of the depths of Kashmiri duplicity, Musa thought but did not say. You have no idea how a people like us, who have survived a history and a geography such as ours, have learned to drive our pride underground. Duplicity is the only weapon we have. You don’t know how radiantly we smile when our hearts are broken. How ferociously we can turn on those we love while we graciously embrace those whom we despise. You have no idea how warmly we can welcome you when all we really want is for you to go away. Your thermometer is quite useless here.”
Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Eric Ambler
“The duplicity of others must always be shocking when one is unconscious of one's own.”
Eric Ambler, The Mask of Dimitrios

“It’s not sufficient to know that something is wrong. You also have to appreciate why it is wrong, how things might be changed, and then persuade others of the new possibilities.”
David Sharpley, 7 Principles for Exceptional Performance: Developing Purpose, Motivation & Leadership Skills

A.H. Septimius
“As the map of the Great Plain was being redrawn by a young Shazarian councillor, the ageing Shylonian king interrupted mid-speech to ask him his name. With a piercing glare and a haughty flick of his cloak, he retorted ‘Lord Ratilla, Shazarian Imperial Secretary, and who might you be?’ Behind the gasps of horror, the message was clear. It was Shazaria who now bestrode the Amaran world, henceforth the office of Shazarian minister now held greater prestige than even that of foreign monarchs. What became even clearer were the depths of Shazarian treachery. The impudent youth who stood before the kings of Amara stripping them of ancient provinces, was the same adolescent reputed to have delivered an eloquent speech which swayed the Shazarian councillors in favour of war.
Had this been their intention all along?”
A. H. Septimius, Crowns Of Amara: The Return Of The Oracle

“This ia fast-paced page-turner with suspense in every chapter.”
Raymond Knowles

Booth Tarkington
“It’s when you want to get something for nothing that the ‘confidence men’ steal the money you sweat for and make the farmer a laughing stock.”
Booth Tarkington, The Gentleman from Indiana

Nancy Rubin Stuart
“If Arnold's leap to the British was to succeed, Peggy must play the innocent as his cheerful and charming young wife.”
Nancy Rubin Stuart, Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married

Nancy Rubin Stuart
“Pegg, cowering in her bedroom, asked her housekeeper to check on the ailing Varick. Then, willing herself in to a frenzy, she tore at her hair and clothes, weeping, her sobs accelerating in volume.”
Nancy Rubin Stuart, Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married

Albert Camus
“In order to reveal to all eyes what he was made of, I wanted to break open the handsome wax-figure I presented everywhere.”
Albert Camus, The Fall

“I love you more than I planned”
Julez, Duplicity