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DISSIMULATION
[ Also see Artifice Concealment Disguise Dishonesty Equivocation Insincerity ]

Dissimulation is but a faint kind of policy or wisdom; for it asketh a strong wit and a strong heart to know when to tell truth, and to do it; therefore, it is the weaker sort of politicians that are the greatest dissemblers.
      - Francis Bacon

Dissimulation in youth is the forerunner of perfidy in old age; its first appearance is the fatal omen of growing depravity and future shame. It degrades parts and learning, obscures the luster of every accomplishment and sinks us into contempt. The path of falsehood is a perplexing maze. After the first departure from sincerity, it is not in our power to stop; one artifice unavoidably leads on to another, till, as the intricacy of the labyrinth increases, we are left entangled in our snare.
      - Hugh Blair

We endeavor to conceal our vices under the disguise of the opposite virtues.
      - Henry Fielding

Dissimulation, even the most innocent in its nature, is ever productive of embarrassment; whether the design is evil or not artifice is always dangerous and almost inevitably disgraceful.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

We are so much accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that at length we disguise ourselves to ourselves.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

He who knows not how to dissimulate knows not how to rule.
      - Quintus Caecilius Metellus (Macedonius)

Dissimulation is the only thing that makes society possible; without its amenities the world would be a bear-garden.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

All men wear a disguised habit.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)


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