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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 ]

Oh, that deceit should dwell in such a gorgeous palace!
      - William Shakespeare

The world is still deceiv'd with ornament,
  In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
    But, being season'd with a gracious voice,
      Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
        What damned error, but some sober brow
          Will bless it and approve it with a text,
            Hiding the grossness with fair ornaments?
      - William Shakespeare

When I was stamp'd, some coiner with his tools
  Made me a counterfeit.
      - William Shakespeare

Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen,
  Th' imperial jointress to this warlike state,
    Have we, as 'twere with a defeated joy,
      With an auspicious and a dropping eye,
        With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage,
          In equal scale weighing delight and dole,
            Taken to wife.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at I, ii)

They fool me to the top of my bent.--I will come by and by.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

But when the fox hath once got in his nose,
  He'll soon find means to make the body follow.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Richard, Duke of Gloucester at IV, vii)

What Clarence but a quicksand of deceit?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Queen Margaret at V, iv)

But 'tis strange:
  And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
    The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
      With us with honest trifles, to betray's
        In deepest consequence.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Banquo at I, iii)

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at I, vii)

Which thing to do,
  If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trash
    For his quick hunting, stand the putting on,
      I'll have our Michael Cassio on the hip,
        Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb
          (For I fear Cassio with my nightcap too),
            Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me
              For making him egregiously an ass
                And practicing upon his peace and quiet
                  Even to madness.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at II, i)

Thou speak'st like him's untutored to repeat:
  Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre (Cleon at I, iv)

O, that deceit should dwell
  In such a gorgeous palace!
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Juliet at III, ii)

So may the outward shows be least themselves;
  The world is still deceived with ornament.
    In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt
      But being seasoned with a gracious voice,
        Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
          What damned error but some sober brow
            Will bless it and approve it with a text,
              Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

So may the outward shows be least themselves;
  The world is still deceived with ornament.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Ah, that deceit should steal such gentle shapes,
  And with a virtuous vizor hide deep vice!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Duchess of York at II, ii)

If mankind were only just what they pretend to be, the problem of the millennium would be immediately solved.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

It many times falls out that we deem ourselves much deceived in others because we first deceived ourselves.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Orlando's helmet in Augustine's cowl.
      - Horace Smith and James Smith,
        Rejected Addresses--Cui Bono--Imitation of Byron

There can be no greater labor than to be always dissembling; there being so many ways by which a smothered truth is apt to blaze and break out.
      - Bishop Robert South

What man so wise, what earthly wit so ware,
  As to descry the crafty cunning train,
    By which deceit doth mask in visor fair,
      And cast her colours dyed deep in grain,
        To seem like truth, whose shape she well can feign,
          And fitting gestures to her purpose frame,
            The guiltless man with guile to entertain?
      - Edmund Spenser

All false practices and affections of knowledge are more odious to God, and deserve to be so to men, than any want or defect of knowledge can be.
      - Thomas Sprat

It is in disputes as in armies; where the weaker side sets up false lights, and makes a great noise, to make the enemy believe them more numerous and strong than they really are.
      - Jonathan Swift

There is no quality so contrary to any nature which one cannot affect, and put on upon occasion, in order to serve an interest.
      - Jonathan Swift

You should not live one way in private, another in public.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

There is a demand in these days for men who can make wrong conduct appear right.
  [Lat., Hinc nunc praemium est, qui recta prava faciunt.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (VIII, 2, 6)


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