130 Lying To Yourself Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Lying To Yourself Quotes (Best in 2024)

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We lie best when we lie to ourselves. — Stephen King

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. — Eric Hoffer

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

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. — Demosthenes

The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception. — Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. — Marilyn Monroe

How much rationality and higher protection there is in such self-deception, and how much falseness I still require in order to allow myself again and again the luxury of my sincerity. — Friedrich Nietzsche

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. — Virginia Woolf

Short Lying To Yourself Quotes

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  • Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself. — Naval Ravikant
  • In order to succeed, you must first believe in yourself and the power that lies within. — Joe Rogan
  • Above all, don't lie to yourself. — Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Be honest with yourself and lie to everyone else. — Josh Hartnett
  • Above all, do not lie to yourself. — Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The key to lying skillfully is never lie to yourself. — Tammara Webber
  • If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule. Never lie to yourself. — Paulo Coelho
  • The more you speak of yourself, the more you are likely to lie. — Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann
  • Lying to other people is fine and usually funny, but lying to yourself is tacky. — Paul Neilan
  • The worst feeling: when you just have to wait and prepare yourself for the lie. — Gillian Flynn
Lying to yourself quote There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealous
There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.

You're Only Lying To Yourself Quotes

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The only person you have to think about lying twice to is either yourself or to God. The press isn't either of them. And I just figured they're irrelevant. — Bob Dylan

You can lie to yourself and fool yourself and rationalize that the choice you're making is what is right and what is true and what leads to liberation, when it's actually only the fulfillment of desire. — Frederick Lenz

It is only when you're lying to yourself or hating some aspect of yourself that you'll get an emotional charge from someone else's behavior. — Debbie Ford

Lying to yourself quote Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.
Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.

I know how mirrors work. They're all in league with the cosmetics trade. They tell a woman lies. Drawing her gaze from one imagined flaw to another, until all she sees is a constellation of imperfections. If you could get outside yourself, borrow my eyes for just an instant... There is only beauty. — Tessa Dare

Don't forget that we lawyers, we're a higher breed of intellect, and so it's our privilege to lie. It's as clear as day. Animals can't even imagine lying: if you were to find yourself among some wild islanders, they too would only speak the truth until they learned about European culture. — Yevgeny Zamyatin

Not Lying To Yourself Quotes

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Truths are not truths to you unless you realize them within yourself. Without realization, they are just ideas. For spiritual perception, spiritual consciousness, lies not in vague theological ideas, but in the acquisition of Self-realization. — Paramahansa Yogananda

One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. — Osho [Chandra Mohan Jain]

Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us. — Marianne Williamson

Lying to yourself quote Never lie to someone who trusts you and never trust someone who lies to you.
Never lie to someone who trusts you and never trust someone who lies to you.

Concepts vs. self-actualization. - Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, ACTUALIZE YOURSELF. The process of maturing does not mean to become a captive of conceptualization. It is to come to the realization of what lies in our innermost selves. — Bruce Lee

The more you try to simplify things the more you complicate them. You create rules, build walls, push people away, lie to yourself and ignore true feelings. That is not simplifying things. — Cecelia Ahern

What you get is the opening of your mind. I'm not preaching any new religion; I'm ritualizing everyday activities. You drink the water. You count the rice. You sit in Crystal Cave. You lie in Levitation Chamber. You push yourself to a new level. — Marina Abramovic

Lying to yourself quote If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ah
If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.

With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting. It's lying. — Johnny Depp

Remain true to yourself, child. If you know your own heart, you will always have one friend who does not lie. — Marion Zimmer Bradley

You're gutless. It's how you were made. And that's not such a bad thing because your saving grace is that you've never lied to yourself about it. Not about that. Nothing wrong with cowardice as long as it comes with prudence. But when a coward stops remembering who he is... God help him. — Khaled Hosseini

But I'd be lying if I didn't say that every time you go to make a film, you're desperate to either do it better than you did it last time or to not repeat yourself. — Paul Thomas Anderson

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

Lying to yourself quote A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesnt' become
A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesnt' become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.

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

Lying to yourself quote Advertising is legalized lying.
Advertising is legalized lying.

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

Fooling Yourself Quotes

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. — Henry David Thoreau

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused. — Alan Cohen

All negotiations are defined by a network of subterranean desires and needs. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the surface. Once you know that the Haitian kidnappers just want party money, you will be miles better prepared. — Chris Voss

Lying to yourself quote A lie has many variations, the truth none.
A lie has many variations, the truth none.

You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now. — John Spence

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. — Richard P. Feynman

If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair, you're fooling yourself. That's like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn't eat him. — John Spence

Lying to yourself quote Our greatest weaknes lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is alway
Our greatest weaknes lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just on more time.

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too. — Samuel Butler

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. — Charlie Chaplin

There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. — Cynthia Heimel

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job. — Laurence J. Peter

Convincing Yourself Quotes

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Don't waste your energy trying to convince people to understand you. Your time is too valuable to try to prove yourself to people. — Joel Osteen

I am convinced that it will not be long before the whole world acknowledges the results of my work. — Gregor Mendel

The hardest spiritual work in the world is to love the neighbor as the self - to encounter another human being not as someone you can use, change, fix, help, save, enroll, convince or control, but simply as someone who can spring you from the prison of yourself, if you will allow it. — Barbara Brown Taylor

Lying to yourself quote Hurt me with the TRUTH but never comfort me with a LIE!
Hurt me with the TRUTH but never comfort me with a LIE!

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

Once you no longer need to convince yourself that the world isn’t filled with uncertainty and tragedy, you’re free to focus on doing what you can to help. — Oliver Burkeman

Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince the person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. — Zig Ziglar

Lying to yourself quote Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will neve
Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.

The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember. — Harold Pinter

Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his/her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people. — Zig Ziglar

In the last analysis, provincialism is your belief in yourself, in your neighborhood, in your reality. It is patriotism without belligerence. Convincing cases have been made to show that all great art is provincial in the sense of reflecting a place, a time, and a Zeitgeist. — Richard M. Weaver

Don’t limit yourself and don’t let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities. You can achieve what you believe you can. Trust and believe and have faith. — Thomas S. Monson

Lies We Tell Ourselves Quotes

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Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies. — Jim Morrison

The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself. — James Wolcott

The biggest lie is the lie we tell ourselves in the distorted visions we have of ourselves, blocking out some sections, enhancing others. What remains are not the cold facts of life, but how we perceive them. That's really who we are. — Kirk Douglas

Lying to yourself quote Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.
Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.

Deliver us from evil - from moral duplicity and weakness, from laziness and spiritual complacency, from those lies we tell ourselves from our fear of facing the truth. — Rich Mullins

The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we're afraid.We fear we will not find love,and when we find it we fear we'll lose it. We fear that if we don't have love we will be unhappy. — Richard Bach

One of the lies that we tell ourselves is that we're making progress; but Huey's chair's empty. — H. Rap Brown

The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. — Richard Bach

There are some things that we know are just not as pleasant as the lies that we tell ourselves, and in that sense in order to endure existence everyone endures a certain amount of dishonesty in their everyday lives. — Todd Rundgren

Words are such powerful things. We can rip somebody apart with them, we can write words down that can forever hurt another person. We can use them to tell stories and lies. We can misquote them and change what other people said to make ourselves look good. — Joan Bauer

Mythology tells us that where you stumble, there your treasure is ... The world is a match for us, and we’re a match for the world. And where it seems most challenging lies the greatest invitation to find deeper and greater power in ourselves. — Joseph Campbell

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

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

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

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

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

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More Lying To Yourself Quotes

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In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. — Tecumseh

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. — Thomas Sowell

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. — Marilyn Monroe

Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. — Tecumseh

Don't be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That's where the joy and the adventure lie. — Herbie Hancock

Get better at whatever you’re doing. So what if you suck at it now. Everybody sucks at everything when they start. But if you love it, and don’t lie to yourself, then get better at it. — Joe Rogan

Jace,” she said. “Why are you doing this to me?” “Because you’re lying to me. And you’re lying to yourself.” Jace’s eyes were blazing, and even though his hands were stuffed into his pockets, she could see that they were knotted into fists. — Cassandra Clare

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 secret to getting away with lying, is believing with all your heart. That goes for lying to yourself even more so than lying to another. — Elizabeth Bear

Corpse Pose sounds like no big deal, right? Then what’s so difficult about this spiritualized snooze? Forget about getting your feet behind your head. Just try lying still for ten minutes. With nothing left to do, you’re finally forced to come face to face with yourself. — Edward Vilga

The secret of successfully giving yourself away lies not so much in calculated actions as in cultivating friendly, warm-hearted impulses. You have to train yourself to obey giving impulses on the instant -- before they get a chance to cool. When you give impulsively, something happens inside of you that makes you glow, sometimes for hours. — David Dunn

You start to let go on the day you take one step toward building a new life and then let yourself lie in bed and stare at the ceiling and cry for as many hours as you need. — Brianna Wiest

Forgiving someone does not mean you condone their behavior. The act of forgiveness takes place in your own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person. The reality of true forgiveness lies in setting ourselves free from holding on to the pain. It is simply an act of releasing yourself from the negative energy. — Louise Hay

It sounds so cheesy, but there's something very powerful about looking in the mirror and asking yourself a question. Because I think it's really hard to lie. — Kristen Wiig

Lie on the bridge and watch the water flowing past. Or run, or wade through the swamp in your red boots. Or roll yourself up and listen to the rain falling on the roof. It's very easy to enjoy yourself. — Tove Jansson

The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

But history will judge you, and as the years pass, you will ultimately judge yourself, in the extent to which you have used your gifts and talents to lighten and enrich the lives of your fellow men. In your hands lies the future of your world and the fulfillment of the best qualities of your own spirit. — Robert Kennedy

The way to really live is to die. The passport to living is to imagine yourself in your grave. Imagine you're lying in your coffin....Now look at your problems from that viewpoint. Changes everything, doesn't it? — Anthony De Mello

Life and business is like the changing seasons. You cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself. Therein lies the opportunity to live an extraordinary life, the opportunity to change yourself. — Jim Rohn

Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior. If a man lies to you, he is behaving badly and unlovingly toward you. He is disrespecting you and your relationship. The words “I love you” are not enough to make up for that. Don't kid yourself that they are. — Susan Forward

I've read that if an avalanche buries you and you're lying there underneath all that snow, you can't tell which way is up or down. You want to dig yourself out but pick the wrong way, and you dig yourself to your own demise. — Khaled Hosseini

Honor was never taking the easy way when it was also the wrong one. Never telling a falsehood unless the truth was painful and unnecessary, or a lie was necessary to save others. Never manipulating the truth to serve only yourself. Protecting the weak and helpless; standing fast even when fear made you weak. Keeping your word. — Mercedes Lackey

It's very hard to keep your spirits up. You've got to keep selling yourself a bill of goods, and some people are better at lying to themselves than others. If you face reality too much, it kills you.... you've got to find an answer to the question: Why go on? — Woody Allen

I think the lie we've told people in the marketplace is that a degree gets you a job. A degree doesn't get you a job. What gets you a job is the ability to carry yourself into that room and shake a hand and look someone in the eye and have people skills. These are the things that cause people to become successful. — Dave Ramsey

Meditation is a way of slowing down so as to descend into the depths of yourself in the present moment, where God lies waiting to grant you a deep experience of your eternal oneness with God. — James Finley

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