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DECEIT
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[ Also see Appearance Artifice Candor Cant Conspiracy Coquetry Cunning Deception Disguise Dishonesty Duplicity Equivocation Falsehood Fraud Hypocrisy Ingratitude Insincerity Knavery Lying Mischief Quackery Strategy Swearing Treachery Treason Unkindness ]

Men are so simple, and yield so much to necessity, that he who will deceive will always find him who will lend himself to be deceived.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

Mankind in the gross is a gaping monster, that loves to be deceived and has seldom been disappointed.
      - Henry Mackenzie ("Man of Feeling" or "Addison of the North")

He seem'd
  For dignity compos'd and high exploit:
    But all was false and hollow.
      - John Milton

He seemed
  For dignity compos'd and high exploit:
    But all was false and hollow.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 110)

We are easily fooled by that which we love.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

One is easily fooled by that which one loves.
  [Fr., On est aisement dupe par ce qu'on aime.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Le Tartuffe (IV, 3)

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

Deadly poisons are concealed under sweet honey.
  [Lat., Impia sub dulci melle venena latent.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (I, 8, 104)

A pious fraud.
  [Lat., Pia fraus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (IX, 711)

Skilled in every trick, a worthy heir of his paternal craft, he would make black look like white, and white look black.
  [Lat., Furtum ingeniosus ad omne,
    Qui facere assueret, patriae non degener artis,
      Candida de nigris, et de candentibus atra.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (XI, 313)

Man is nothing but insincerity, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in regard to himself and in regard to others. He does not wish that he should be told the truth, he shuns saying it to others; and all these moods, so inconsistent with justice and reason, have their roots in his heart.
      - Blaise Pascal

Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.
      - Pericles

Though thy face is glossed with specious art thou retainest the cunning fox beneath thy vapid breast.
  [Lat., Fronte politus
    Astutam vapido servas sub pectore vulpem.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (V, 116)

The smooth speeches of the wicked are full of treachery.
  [Lat., Habent insidias hominis blanditiae mali.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (I, 19, 1)

He carries a stone in one hand, and offers bread with the other.
  [Lat., Altera manu fert lapidem, altera panem ostentat.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Aulularia
         (II, 2, 18)

No one has deceived the whole world, nor has the whole world ever deceived any one.
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus)

Individuals indeed may deceive and be deceived; but no one has ever deceived all men, nor have all men ever deceived any one.
  [Lat., Singuli enim decipere et decipi possunt: nemo omnes, neminem omnes fefellunt.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Panegyr--Traj (62)

With one hand he put
  A penny in the urn of poverty,
    And with the other took a shilling out.
      - Robert Pollok

Of darkness visible so much be lent, as half to show, half veil, the deep intent.
      - Alexander Pope

Shut, shut the door, good John! fatigu'd I said;
  Tie up the knocker, say I'm sick, I'm dead.
      - Alexander Pope

Machination is worth more than force.
  [Fr., Engin mieulx vault que force.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel (ch. XXVII)

We deceive and flatter no one by such delicate artificies as we do our own selves.
  [Ger., Wir betrugen und schmeicheln niemanden durch so feine Kunstgriffe als uns selbst.]
      - Arthur Schopenhauer, Die Delt als Wille
         (I, 350)

O, what a tangled web we weave,
  When first we practise to deceive!
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto VI, st. 17)

It is dishonorable to say one thing and think another; how much more dishonorable to write one thing and think another.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Look to her, Moor; if thou host eyes to see:
  She has deceiv'd her father, and may thee.
      - William Shakespeare


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