Deception Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old deception quotes, deception sayings, and deception proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There's a degree of deception in silence.     

Don Lemon

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

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

Marina Tsvetaeva

Any seeming deception in a statement is costly, not only in the expense of the advertising but in the detrimental effect produced upon the customer, who believes she has been misled.     

John Wanamaker

Only one deception is possible in the infinite sense, self-deception.     

Soren Kierkegaard

Self-deception is sometimes as necessary a tool as a crowbar.     

Moss Hart

He who tries to protect himself from deception is often cheated, even when most on his guard.     

Plautus

Don't tell me of deception; a lie is a lie, whether it be a lie to the eye or a lie to the ear.     

Samuel Johnson

Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.     

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.     

Oscar Wilde

We are never so easily deceived as when we imagine we are deceiving others.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It is vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving wherein men find pleasure to be deceived.     

John Locke

He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others.     

Horace

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

William Hazlitt

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

Homer

It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.     

Jean de la Fontaine

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

Nothing is more common on earth than to deceive and be deceived.     

Johann G. Seume

The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.     

John Tillotson

The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.     

Pierre Charron

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.     

Benjamin Franklin

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified.     

William James

The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.     

Abraham Lincoln

We like to be deceived.     

Blaise Pascal

Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.     

Plato

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

Mark Twain

The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.     

Hitopadesa

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

Donna A. Favors

Reality denied comes back to haunt.     

Philip K. Dick

You can fool yourself, you know. You'd think it's impossible, but it turns out it's the easiest thing of all.     

Jodi Picoult

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Beware of becoming a pawn in your own game.     

Marty Rubin

Avoidance of self deception is a matter of integrity not comfort.     

Orrin Woodward

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

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.     

Arthur Conan Doyle

It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies and is unvaccinated by suspicion.     

John Updike

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.     

Samuel Butler

A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.     

Demosthenes

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.     

Thomas Jefferson

Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers, life would become a mere syllogism and hence too metallic to be borne.     

H. L. Mencken

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.     

Michel de Montaigne

Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.     

Phaedrus

If you do not wish to be lied to, do not ask questions. If there were no questions, there would be no lies.     

B. Traven

Yet still we hug the dear deceit.     

Nathaniel Cotton

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

Ovid

Deceit is the false road to happiness; and all the joys we travel through to vice, like fairy banquets, vanish when we touch them.     

Aaron Hill