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
Scandalous self deception quotes that are about the art of deception
They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.
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.
People always have been and they always will be stupid victims of deceit and self-deception in politics.
Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.
Men are gentle, honest and straightforward. Women are convoluted, deceptive and dangerous.
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?
Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We expect more from technology and less from each other.
We create technology to provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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A dolphin's smile is the greatest deception. It creates the illusion that they're always happy.
Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State.
Deceivers are the most dangerous members of society.
They trifle with the best affections of our nature, and violate the most sacred obligations.
I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.
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.
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.
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.
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.