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Abraham LincolnYou can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

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Sun TzuAll warfare is based on deception.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

Samuel JohnsonWe are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Mark TwainWhen a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Eric HofferPropaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

John KennedyThe great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived, and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Antonio PorchiaThey have stopped deceiving you, not loving you. And it seems to you that they have stopped loving you.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Fernando PessoaDeceiving himself well is the first quality of the statesman.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Albert CamusWe always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love — first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Charles de GaulleIn politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

VauvenarguesThe art of pleasing is the art of deception.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

La RochefoucauldThe truest way to be deceived is to think oneself more smart than others.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Will DurantIt may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Jean Jacques RousseauNature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Sun TzuAll warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are nea

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist


Bible Quotes

Gospel of MatthewThis last deception will be worse than the first.

—  Gospel of Matthew ‐ 27:64

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Old TestamentThe serpent deceived me, and I ate.

—  Old Testament ‐ Genesis 3:13


Funny Quotes

George CarlinIf a man smiles all the time, he’s probably selling something that doesn’t work.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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Henry YoungmanThis man is frank and earnest with women. In Fresno, he's Frank and in Chicago he's Ernest.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

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Ancient Greek

Bias of PrieneGood men are easily deceived.

Οι αγαθοί ευαπάτητοι.

—  Bias of Priene, 625-540 BC, Greek philosopher, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece

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Proverbs

Turkish proverbThey call you “generous” to get your money, they call you “brave” to get you killed.

—  Turkish proverb

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