185 Deception Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of deception quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about self deception.

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The Most Famous Deception Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The worst of all deceptions is self-deception. — Plato

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception. — Saul Bellow

All war is deception. — Sun Tzu

All war is based on deception. — Sun Tzu

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. — Hannah Arendt

Deception is the knowledge of kings. — Cardinal Richelieu

Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State. — James Jesus Angleton

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

Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves. — Elias Canetti

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. — Demosthenes

Short Deception Quotes

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  • The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. — Leonardo da Vinci
  • A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths. — Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
  • Men are gentle, honest and straightforward. Women are convoluted, deceptive and dangerous. — Erin Pizzey
  • Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning. — Karen Horney
  • They catch up with a liar sooner than with a limping dog. — Hungarian Proverbs
  • It's easy to be in motion and convince yourself that you're making progress. — James Clear
  • He says one thing and does another — Greek Proverbs
  • Any politician or campaigner trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public won't get very far. — Nicola Sturgeon
  • A real scoundrel turned up and they took off their hats to him — Greek Proverbs
  • Tell a lie and the truth will come to light. — Filipino Proverbs

Top 10 Deception Quotes

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Our labor here is brief, but the reward is eternal. Do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world, which passes like a shadow. Do not let false delights of a deceptive world deceive you. — Clare of Assisi

Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. — Leonardo da Vinci

People always have been and they always will be stupid victims of deceit and self-deception in politics. — Vladimir Lenin

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

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. — Niccolo Machiavelli

Men are gentle, honest and straightforward. Women are convoluted, deceptive and dangerous. — Erin Pizzey

Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning. — Karen Horney

They catch up with a liar sooner than with a limping dog. — Hungarian Proverbs

It's easy to be in motion and convince yourself that you're making progress. — James Clear

Deception Image Quotes

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The truth cannot be deceptive, and one who sees it cannot be deceived. — Said Nursi

Deception quote They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.
They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.

Love Deception Quotes

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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

Art has no place in modern life. It will continue to exist as long as there is a mania for the romantic and so long as there are people who love beautiful lies and deception... Every modern cultured man must wage war against art, as against opium... Photograph and be photographed. — Alexander Rodchenko

Above all, don't lie to yourself. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

She's easy to lead around, a shiny present here, a pretty compliment there, and you have true love and a popped cherry sacrificed to the god of deception and hormones. Young girls are so ridiculous--so predictably easy. — P. C. Cast

The worst thing you can do for your loved one caught in alcoholism or addiction is to help the person continue in the deception that he or she is OK. Your best course of action is to speak the truth in love (see Eph. 4:15) and don't allow him or her to escape the consequences of wrong behavior. — Neil T Anderson

Above all, do not lie to yourself. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

The Marxians love of democratic institutions was a stratagem only, a pious fraud for the deception of the masses. Within a socialist community there is no room left for freedom. — Ludwig von Mises

He who desires anything but God deceives himself, and he who loves anything but God errs miserably. — Philip Neri

If female liberation is to happen, if the reservoir of real female love is to be tapped, this sterile self-deception must be counteracted. The only literary form which could outsell romantic trash on the female market is hard-core pornography. — Germaine Greer

Self Deception Quotes

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If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and ignorance. — Marcus Aurelius

It is the cult of self that is killing the United States. This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity and self-importance ; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation; and the incapacity for remorse or guilt. — Chris Hedges

All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished. — Marshall B. Rosenberg

They are most cheated who cheat themselves. — Danish Proverbs

We expect more from technology and less from each other. We create technology to provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship. — Sherry Turkle

I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. — Og Mandino

I'm interested in memory because it's a filter through which we see our lives, and because it's foggy and obscure, the opportunities for self-deception are there. In the end, as a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened. — Kazuo Ishiguro

It is a self-deception of philosophers and moralists to imagine that they escape decadence by opposing it. That is beyond their will; and, however little they acknowledge it, one later discovers that they were among the most powerful promoters of decadence. — Friedrich Nietzsche

No one was ever injured by the truth; but he who persists in self-deception and ignorance is injured. — Marcus Aurelius

Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge. — Todd Solondz

Lies And Deception Quotes

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Deceivers are the most dangerous members of society. They trifle with the best affections of our nature, and violate the most sacred obligations. — George Crabbe

Never lie unless you have to, and if you don’t have a dang good lie, stick to the truth. — American Proverbs

Among other common lies, we have the silent lie - the deception which one conveys by simply keeping still and concealing the truth. Many obstinate truth-mongers indulge in this dissipation, imagining that if they speak no lie, they lie not at all. — Mark Twain

Ask no questions and hear no lies. — English Proverbs

Art is a deception that creates real emotions - a lie that creates a truth. And when you give yourself over to that deception, it becomes magic. — Marco Tempest

The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others. — Friedrich Nietzsche

The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie. — Shannon Alder

An honorable man or woman is one who is truthful; free from deceit; above cheating, lying, stealing, or any form of deception. An honorable man or woman is one who learns early that one cannot do wrong and feel right. A man's character is judged on how he keeps his word and his agreements. — Ezra Taft Benson

I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me. — S. E. Hinton

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

Lying And Deception Quotes

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Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

When a liar became too skilled at deception, he could lose the ability to discern truth, and could himself be more easily deceived. — Dean Koontz

The Good News means we can stop lying to ourselves. The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self-deception. It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed, and pride still rages within us. — Brennan Manning

By a lie a man throws away and, as it were, annihilates his dignity as a man. A man who himself does not believe what he tells another ... has even less worth than if he were a mere thing. ... makes himself a mere deceptive appearance of man, not man himself. — Immanuel Kant

I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with. — Christopher Hampton

Deception, machination and mendacity lie at the core of human intelligence, like worms coiled at the core of a apple — Mark Rowlands

The foreground in a picture is always unattractive... Art demands that the interest of the canvas should be placed in the far distance, where lies take refuge, those dreams which blossom out of fact and are man's only love. — Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Somewhere between the honest truth and the deceptive lie is the deceptive truth and the honest lie. — Robert Breault

The theatre has always been to me a place where beautiful lies are told, and playwrighting the orchestration of platitudes around a central flaw in logic or a ridiculous idea. Acting — the disguise and impersonation — is an art of deception. — Charles Ludlam

The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is being attacked, and every man will be glad of these conscience-soothing falsities — Mark Twain

Deceit Quotes

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In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. — George Orwell

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

We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye. — Carlos Castaneda

Only fools argue whether to eat meat or not. They don't understand truth nor do they meditate on it. Who can define what is meat and what is plant Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non vegetarian — Guru Nanak

I’m a human being, I’m not anyone’s mascot! And I am America’s conscience. And that’s what they don’t want to look at. They would rather look at a cartoon character than at the deceit of this country and this government. — Russell Means

A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. — Henry A. Wallace

Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection. — Henry A. Wallace

It seems we are capable of immense love and loyalty, and as capable of deceit and atrocity. It's probably this shocking ambivalence that makes us unique. — John Scott

The supreme value is not the future but the present. The future is a deceitful time that always says to us, 'Not Yet,' and thus denies us... Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present. — Octavio Paz

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

Deceptionlying Quotes

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The church today is riddled with fad doctrines and new sounds that distract from the clear message of the Great commission in the New Testament. Any message that attracts you which does not bring glory to Christ is the message of a seducing spirit and the man giving it is in deception. — John Hagee

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. — Mahatma Gandhi

Fooled once, shame on you; fooled twice, shame on me. — American Proverbs

Looks as monkey eats ginger. — Vietnamese Proverbs

Words don’t match with actions. — Vietnamese Proverbs

It is hard to wake up someone who is pretending to be asleep. — Filipino Proverbs

The supreme mystery of despotism, its prop and stay, is to keep men in a state of deception, and with the specious title of religion to cloak the fear by which they must be held in check, so that they will fight for their servitude as if for salvation. — Baruch Spinoza

Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside she is covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary--and terrible elegant. — Muriel Barbery

The donkey is hiding but his ears are sticking out in plain sight. — Moroccan Proverbs

One witness one liar; more witnesses, all liars — Greek Proverbs

Being Deceived Quotes

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A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human. — Alan Turing

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Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical. — Friedrich Nietzsche

The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists. — Joan Robinson

If the president alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself, he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to patriotism. — Roger Sherman

Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. I'd tell her I was going to school but I'd be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet. — Ronaldo

Wherever there is power, there is age. Don't be deceived by dimples and curls. I tell you that babe is a thousand years old. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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No matter how smart or well-educated you are, you can be deceived. — James Randi

. . . you should know that there is present with you the angel whom God has appointed for each man. . . This angel, who is sleepless and cannot be deceived, is always present with you; he sees all things and is not hindered by darkness. You should know, too, that with him is God. — Anthony the Great

Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God. — Pope Francis

Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys. — C. S. Lewis

Deceiving Others Quotes

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Remember: The best deceivers do everything they can to cloak their roguish qualities. They cultivate an air of honesty in one area to disguise their dishonesty in others. Honesty is merely another decoy in their arsenal of weapons. — Robert Greene

Human life is thus only an endless illusion. Men deceive and flatter each other. No one speaks of us in our presence as he does when we are gone. Society is based on mutual hypocrisy. — Blaise Pascal

I think each player has an individual style. Each is concerned with giving the best to his team, and I think my best talent is dribbling and setting up goal situations, giving an assist or deceiving one of the other team's players. — Ronaldinho

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves. — Saint Francis de Sales

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. — Oscar Wilde

There's a sort of rage a man feels when he's been deceived where he most trusted. It compares to no other anger. — Orson Scott Card

A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one. She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself. — Ninon De L'Enclos

Human beings will continue to deceive and overpower one another. Basically, everyone exists in the very nature of suffering, so to abuse or mistreat each other is futile. The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request. — Dalai Lama

An attempt to gain a value by deceiving the mind of others is an act of raising your victims to a position higher than reality. — John Galt

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

Deceitful Quotes

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I have nothing but contempt for the deceitful thing men call 'happiness,' and find myself with no choice but to push my characters, whom I pour my heart and soul out to create, into the abyss of tragedy. — Gen Urobuchi

Lies legs are short. — Bulgarian Proverbs

It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. — Noel Coward

The last people who are consulted, the last people who benefit from anything in Washington are Americans! Billions of dollars are sent to this black hole we call Ukraine. Sending money to Ukraine is an exercise of fraud, deceit and criminality. — Douglas Macgregor

Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else. — Italo Calvino

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? — Bible

Invariably, micromanaging results in four problems: deceit, disloyalty, conflict, and communication problems. — John Rosemond

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Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. — Aesop

Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fantastic fortune thou deceitful light, That cheats the weary traveler by night, Though on a precipice each step you tread, I am resolved to follow where you lead. — Aphra Behn

Love Deceive Quotes

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Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so. — Franz Kafka

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

Even though we are deceived, still believe. Though we are betrayed, still forgive. Love completely even those who hate you. — Sun Myung Moon

Never tell a loved one of an infidelity: you would be badly rewarded for your troubles. Although one dislikes being deceived, one likes even less to be undeceived. — Ninon De L'Enclos

The heart is the place where we live our passions. It is frail and easily broken, but wonderfully resilient. There is no point in trying to deceive the heart. It depends upon our honesty for its survival. — Leo Buscaglia

It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most. — Marguerite Duras

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever,- One foot in sea and one on shore, To one thing constant never. — William Shakespeare

There is nothing that deceives us more than our own judgment when used to give an opinion on our own works. It is sound in judging the work of our enemies but not that of our friends, for hate and love are two of the most powerfully motivating factors found among living things. — Leonardo da Vinci

Plants do everything animals do, but slowly. They migrate, communicate, deceive, stalk their food and, with an ostentation of styles and perfumes to put the animal kingdom to shame, they make love. It's just that catching them in flagrante delicto might require time-lapse photography. — Barbara Kingsolver

When all the people in the world love one another, then the strong will not overpower the weak, the many will not oppress the few, the wealthy will not mock the poor, the honored will not disdain the humble, and the cunning will not deceive the simple. — Motsi Mabuse

Deceiving Yourself Quotes

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Don't lose who you are in the blur of the stars Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing — Jessie J

Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, 'I am of no value', is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought — so what are you lacking? If you have will-power , then you can do anything. It is usually said that you are your own master. — Dalai Lama

You can't know your real mind as long as you deceive yourself. — Bodhidharma

A strong player requires only a few minutes of thought to get to the heart of the conflict. You see a solution immediately, and half an hour later merely convince yourself that your intuition has not deceived you. — David Bronstein

Be sure that you are not deceiving yourself at any time about actual conditions. — John D. Rockefeller

Life is about balance. Be kind, but don’t let people abuse you. Trust, but don’t be deceived. Be content, but never stop improving yourself. — Zig Ziglar

There are so many ways to betray someone. You can whisper behind his back. You can deceive him on purpose. You can deliver him into the hands of his enemy, when he trusts you. You can break a promise. The question is, if you do any of those things, are you also betraying yourself? — Jodi Picoult

Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to believe such dreadful things about Him. The conclusion I dread is not 'So there's no God after all,' but 'So this is what God's really like. Deceive yourself no longer. — C. S. Lewis

Seek for the endless life in the world, because with death, there remains neither the seeker nor the sought! The other world is altogether an illusion! Stop deceiving yourself; seek for the endless life in the world! — Mehmet Murat Ildan

I do not believe there is such a thing as a God. — George Holyoake

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More Deception Quotes

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The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. — Hugo Black

With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal. — Bernard of Clairvaux

Famous people are deceptive. Deep down, they're just regular people. Like Larry King. We've been friends for forty years. He's one of the few guys I know who's really famous. One minute he's talking to the president on his cell phone, and then the next minute he's saying to me, Do you think we ought to give the waiter another dollar? — Don Rickles

The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people. — Hugo Black

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. — Bible Proverbs

Don’t mistake chicken dung for an egg. — American Proverbs

Ours is a problem in which deception has become organized and strong; where truth is poisoned at its source; one in which the skill of the shrewdest brains is devoted to misleading a bewildered people. — Walter Lippmann

Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction. — Criss Jami

It is necessary to recover the primeval force of the shock taking place at the moment when opposite a man (the viewer) there stood for the first time a man (the actor) deceptively similar to us, yet at the same time infinitely foreign, beyond an impassable barrier. — Tadeusz Kantor

The two principles of truth, reason and senses, are not only both not genuine, but are engaged in mutual deception. The senses deceive reason through false appearances, and the senses are disturbed by passions, which produce false impressions. — Blaise Pascal

The crane was killed by the fishhook. — Vietnamese Proverbs

A dolphin's smile is the greatest deception. It creates the illusion that they're always happy. — Ric O'Barry

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