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FRAUD
[ Also see Artifice Baseness Cheating Corruption Crime Deceit Dishonesty Hypocrisy Knavery Lying Pretension Quackery Wickedness Wrong ]

The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. Anywhere)

Whoever commits a fraud is guilty not only of the particular injury to him who he deceives, but of the diminution of that confidence which constitutes not only the ease but the existence of society.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Though fraud in all other actions be odious, yet in matters of war it is laudable and glorious, and he who overcomes his enemies by stratagem is as much to be praised as he who overcomes them by force.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

So glistered the dire Snake, and into fraud
  Led Eve, our credulous mother, to the Tree
    Of Prohibition, root of all our woe.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 643)

Some cursed fraud
  Of enemy hath beguiled thee, yet unknown,
    And me with thee hath ruined.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 904)

Perplexed and troubled at his bad success
  The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply,
    Discovered in his fraud, thrown from his hope.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. IV, l. 1)

It is with pious fraud as with a bad action; it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.
      - Thomas Paine

Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

His heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth.
      - William Shakespeare

But truer stars did govern Proteus' birth;
  His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles,
    His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate,
      His tears pure messengers sent from his heart,
        His heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Julia at II, vii)

For the most part fraud in the end secures for its companions repentance and shame.
      - Charles Simmons (2)


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