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Deceit

Definition: The action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.
Number of Quotes: 22

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.
Henry Adams

There are three kinds of lie: a small lie, a big lie and politics.
Time Magazine
Anonymous

She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
Margot Asquith

Everyone is a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers, don't let their appearances fool you.
Kenneth Blanchard

History books which contain no lies are extremely dull.
Anatole France

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
André Gide

Self-deception operates both at the level of the individual mind, and in the collective awareness of the group. To belong to a group of any sort, the tacit price of membership is to agree not to notice one's own feelings of uneasiness and misgiving, and certainly not to question anything that challenges the group's way of doing things.
Daniel Goleman

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Baltasar Gracián

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
Eric Hoffer

I once said cynically of a politician, He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Oscar Levant

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

He was the consummate politician. He didn't lie, neither did he tell the truth.
John Lundberg

Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham

Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell

By the time you say you're his,
Shivering and sighing
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.

Dorothy Parker

O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!
Walter Scott

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Adlai Stevenson

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
Mark Twain

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself; and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
Henry Wotton

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