Deception Quotes

Money only buys the illusion of power. Real power is in the force of will will strong enough that others bend to it for its own sake, and follow it willingly. Power that is won through deception will evaporate under the hot light of truth.

Orson Scott Card

Man loves the marvelous. It has an irresistible charm for him. He is always ready to leave that with which he is familiar to pursue vain inventions. He lends himself to his own deception.

Napoleon Bonaparte

If we can but tear the blindfold of self-deception from our eyes and loosen the gag of self-denial from our voices, we can restore our country to greatness.

Theodore C Sorensen

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

Oscar Wilde

The intention of never deceiving often exposes us to deception.

François de la Rochefoucauld

The capacity for self-deception, rarely acknowledged or understood by those who offer us supernatural answers to our problems, is huge: as easy as it is to make a mediums cold-reading statements fit our own situation and come to believe that he must have some paranormal insight, it is hardly any more difficult for a would-be psychic with an average ego, upon hearing frequently positive feedback, to believe over time that he must be blessed with a special gift. Its harder to think youre doing it for real when youre tossing tambourines in the dark or have ready-made ectoplasm stuffed into your mouth or bottom.

Derren Victor Brown

The essence of football was blocking, tackling, and execution based on timing, rhythm and deception.

Knute Rockne

It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception.

Robert Motherwell

A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.

Sun Tzu

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

Leonardo da Vinci

All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.

Robert Southey

Deception is a cruel act... It often has many players on different stages that corrode the soul.

Donna A. Favors

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

Andre Gide

In all of history, we have found just one cure for errora partial antidote against making and repeating grand, foolish mistakes, a remedy against self-deception. That antidote is criticism.

William M. Kucmierowski

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.

John Ruskin

The art of pleasing is the art of deception.

Marquis De Vauvenargues

Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.

Edward V. Lucas

All war is based on deception.

Sun Tzu

A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.

Marina Tsvetaeva

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

Andre Gide

Abortion is the greatest deception that has plagued the black church since Lucifer himself.

Clenard Howard Childress, Jr.

A revelation, that may be supposed to be really of the institution of God, must also be supposed to be perfectly consistent or uniform, and to be able to stand the test of truth; therefore such pretended revelations, as are tendered to us as the contrivance of heaven, which do not bear that test, we may be morally certain, was either originally a deception, or has since, by adulteration become spurious. Reason therefore must be the standard by which we determine the respective claims of revelation; for otherwise we may as well subscribe to the divinity of the one as of the other, or to the whole of them, or to none at all.

Ethan Allen

To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity

Soren Kierkegaard

While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive.

Sissela Bok
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