80+ Best Deceit Quotes : Exclusive Selection

Deceit is the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid. Inspirational deceit quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Deceit Quotes

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. – Phineas T. Barnum

It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. – Noël Coward

He seemed For dignity compos’d and high exploit: But all was false and hollow. – John Milton

Anything is better than lies and deceit! – Leo Tolstoy

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. – Mark Twain

God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another. – Shakespeare

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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 South

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. – William Shakespeare

Deceit is in haste, but honesty can wait a fair leisure – Proverb

When one with honeyed words but evil mind. Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state. – Euripides

Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don’t insult them. – Japanese Proverb

I am convinced that human life is filled with many pure, happy, serene examples of insincerity, truly splendid of their kind-of people deceiving one another without (strangely enough) any wounds being inflicted, of people who seem unaware even that they are deceiving one another. – Osamu Dazai

Lying and stealing are next door neighbors. – Arabic Proverb

It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth. – Robert Armstrong

Nothing is more deceitful,” said Darcy, “than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. – Jane Austen

inspiring deceit quotes

A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. – William Blake

When your lover is a liar, you and he have a lot in common, you’re both lying to you! – Susan Forward

With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back. – Proverb

You must remember, my dear lady, the most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it. – Libba Bray

You may tell the greatest lies and wear a brilliant disguise, but you can’t escape the eyes of the one who sees right through you. – Tom Robbins

To find out if she really loved me, I hooked her up to a lie detector. And just as I suspected, my machine was broken. – Dark Jar Tin Zoo

Habitual liars invent falsehoods not to gain any end or even to deceive their hearers, but to amuse themselves. It is partly practice and partly habit. It requires an effort in them to speak truth. – William Hazlitt

famous deceit quotes

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. – Desiderius Erasmus

O, what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive! – Sir Walter Scott

Never judge someone by their relatives. – Charles Martin

Yeah, it never fails to amaze me how a single lie can undo an entire lifetime of good. – Sherrilyn Kenyon

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. – Plato

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. – Friedrich Nietzsche

What man ever openly apologizes for slander? It is not so much a feeling of slander as it is that of a massive lie, a misdeed not only to the slandered but also to those manipulated in the process. He has made them all, every one, his enemies, thereupon he is so overwhelmed with guilt that he will deny it until his grave. – Criss Jami

We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to them. – Samuel Butler

youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. – Aristotle

Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited. James Cardinal Gibbons

Love binds, and it binds forever. Good binds while evil unravels. Separation is another word for evil; it is also another word for deceit. – Michel Houellebecq

A lie which is a half truth is ever the blackest of lies. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

A liar is always lavish of oaths. – Pierre Corneille

When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. – Michael Ende

Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn’t there, and finding it. – Anonymous

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest. – Benjamin Franklin

One may outwit another, but not all the others. – François de La Rochefoucauld

Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth. – Socrates

She was a ray of sunshine, a warm summer rain, a bright fire on a cold winter’s day, and now she could be dead because she had tried to save the man she loved. – Grace Willows

top deceit quotes

It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver. – Jean De La Fontaine

I survive at the edge of friends circles. – Holly Black

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others. – William Hazlitt

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. – Christian Nevell Bovee

We are easily fooled by that which we love. – Moliere

Our distrust of another justifies his deceit – La Rochefoucauld

It is a pity that we so often succeed our endeavors to deceive each other. – Empress Irene

The cunning man uses deceit, but the more cunning man shuns deception – Adam Ferguson

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 South

We never deceive for a good purpose; knavery adds malice to falsehood. – La Bruyere

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act – George Orwell

Deceit is in haste, but honesty can wait a fair leisure. – Proverb

It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. – Noel Coward

One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground –Baltasar Gracian

Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. – Bible

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy. – Bible

Skilled in every trick, a worthy heir of his paternal craft, he would make black look like white, and white look black. – Ovid

The most deceitful persons spend their lives in blaming deceit, so as to use it on some great occasion to promote some great interest. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Trust not in him that seems a saint. – Thomas Fuller

Nothing is more easy than to deceive one’s self, as our affections are subtle persuaders. – Demosthenes

Habitual liars invent falsehoods not to gain any end or even to deceive their hearers, but to amuse themselves. It is partly practice and partly habit. It requires an effort in them to speak truth. – William Hazlitt

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade. – Christian N Bovee

Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act. – Abraham Cahan

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

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

Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another. – Homer

It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the ‘fronts” people assume before one another’s eyes, and the ”front” a writer puts on the face of reality. – Francoise Sagan

Appearances often are deceiving. – Aesop

The art of pleasing is the art of deception. – Marquis De Vauvenargues

We pay a person the complement of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to them. – Samuel Butler

Persistent distrust is the flame of deceit. Be as good as your word or be signed by the heat. – Wes Fessler

With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other. – Charles Dickens

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. – Oscar Wilde

Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited. – James Cardinal Gibbons

None are deceived but they that confide. – Benjamin Franklin

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly deceived. – Oscar Wilde

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