100+ Quotes About Lies and Deception

A common phrase: I have deceived; an uncommon one: I am deceived. – Marty Rubin


A lie can outlast any truth. – Ruth Ware


A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies. –  Alfred Tennyson


A man who lacks understanding is susceptible to deception. – Sunday Adelaja


A partial truth is nothing more than an entire lie. – Fred Muñoz


Accepting fraud from our leaders means accepting fraud in our personal lives.                     – DaShanne Stokes


All facades fall sometime, then the mask comes off and the real heart is seen.                   – Jessiqua Wittman


All those who are not straightforward (frank and forthright) in this world are full of deception. – Dada Bhagwan


Anger is a deception. You engage it thinking you’ll feel better but ultimately it drills you deeper in the hurt. –  TemitOpe Ibrahim


Any government that places profit before people is pure evil. – Suzy Kassem


Appearances are deceptive and behaviours reflective. – Tasneem Hameed


Authenticity was the key to any deception. Sometimes authenticity was disgusting.            – Jodi Meadows


Be careful who influence and inspire your life. Their ways seem like leading to life but the truth is, they lead to eternal death. – Ann Marie Aguilar


Betrayal and dishonour is usually an inside job. Keep it ‘sucka-free’, loved one!                  – T.F. Hodge


Betrayal annihilates trust. The more trust there is, to begin with, and the more deception is involved, the more damage is done. – Sandra Lee Dennis


Bigotry is based on deception, of oneself and of others. – DaShanne Stokes


Characterize people by their actions, and you’ll never be fooled by their words. – Astrid V


Confronting a liar makes a better liar. – Wayne Gerard Trotman


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


Defeating the enemy through deception with little loss of life is better than fighting face-to-face with the loss of many lives on both sides. –  Aleksandra Layland


Deliberate deception is not a mistake. It’s calculating and cold. – Mary E. Pearson


Don’t let deception make you hate the wrong person. – Maria Karvouni


Every picture tells a story. But sometimes it’s hard to know what story is actually being told. – Anastasia Hollings


Everybody wants to be your friend when you have something that they want.                    – Moosa Rahat


Facts are threatening to those invested in fraud. – DaShanne Stokes


Faulty mindset reveals a great deception regarding the destiny of every believer.               – Sunday Adelaja


Fine words have the power to make even the stupidest person sound intelligent.                – Marty Rubin


Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues. – Thomas Hobbes


Guard yourself against lying; there is he who deceives and there is he who is deceived.      – Sextus


Half-truths are worth more than outright lies. – George R.R. Martin


Happy and sad don’t love each other. They can’t be together except in the case of deception. – Srinivas Mishra


He smiles, even attractive, but appearances are unreliable depictions of the character.        – Emily R. King


His mentality was dressed up as a moral code, but when naked, was simply a preference.    – J.S. Mason


History is the lie. History’s words stain otherwise pristine books, drops of inky poison frosted in sugared deception. – Courtney M. Privett


Hope always deceives us when it becomes a substitute for action. – Marty Rubin


Hope is the great deceiver. Hope is the piper who leads us sleepy to our slaughter.             – Brent Weeks


I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth–then shut up.        – Robert A. Heinlein


If the devil is the ultimate deceiver, then words must be the very devil. – Marty Rubin


If the map doesn’t agree with the ground the map is wrong. – Gordon Livingston


In football, side netting can sometimes look like a real goal and it can make spectators jubilate for a moment, and then ponder! So is life! – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah


In order to deceive others, you must first deceive yourself. – Efrat Cybulkiewicz


It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. – Niccolò Machiavelli


It is hard to fake decency. I observed. – On Decency – Lamine Pearlheart


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


Keep the enemy in the dark about where and when our forces will attack. – Mao Tse-tung


Leadership by deception isn’t leadership. It’s a fraud. – DaShanne Stokes


Lies are as dangerous as a sword. They can cut to the bone. – Dhonielle Clayton


Lies require noise and misdirection to blend in, silence is the best way to draw the truth to the surface. – Anna Pitoniak


Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to misrecognize the truth.                – DaShanne Stokes


Love in the service of self is greed in disguise. – Craig D. Lounsbrough


Make an effort with the tenacity to make a real impact that works and don’t just create an impression with deception. – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah


Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides. – André Malraux


Maybe the consequences are dear friends in stealthy disguise. – Craig D. Lounsbrough


Misdirection. False signals. Spreading confusion. This is the Tao of deception.                    – David Ignatius


Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception. – Niccolò Machiavelli


Never be seduced by the sweet promises of a better path. – Sunday Adelaja


Never follow a follower who is following someone who has fallen. It’s why the whole world is falling apart. – Suzy Kassem


Nice words and nice appearance doesn’t conclude that someone is nice; I believe that the nicer you look, the more deceptive you appear. – Michael Bassey Johnson


Often, the most dangerous deception was the one that looked the most like the truth.        – Randy Singer


Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice deceiving. – Walter Scott


Once a person has been poisoned by self-deception, he can’t make decisions about himself as neatly as all that. – Kenzaburō Ōe


Our memory deceives us about the past and our imagination deceives us about the future. – Marty Rubin


Part of the art of bowling spin is to make the batsman think something special is happening when it isn’t. – Shane Warne


Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! – Noel Langley


People appear like angels until you hear them speak. You must not rush to judge people by the colour of their cloaks, but by the content of their words! – Israelmore Ayivor


People are secretive when they have secrets. – Deb Caletti


People trust their eyes above all else – but most people see what they wish to see, or what they believe they should see; not what is really there. –  Zoë Marriott


Politics is a delicate art of saying what people want to hear and doing what people don’t want to hear. – Amit K Ghosh


Princes give rewards with their own hands, But death or punishment by the hands of others. – John Webster


Rights can be considered wrongs depending on who is judging. – Suzy Kassem


Some human beings in their craftiness thought they can pretend to be good when they are actually bad. – Bamigboye Olurotimi


Some people are happy only because they have managed to deceive others into believing that they are happy. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana


The devil’s finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist. – Charles Baudelaire


The duplicity of others must always be shocking when one is unconscious of one’s own.      – Eric Ambler


The eighth deadly sin is lies that harm. – Maria Karvouni


The facts are near to deception! – Deyth Banger


The false advertising makes a lot of people a lot of money. Lying is a big business.             – Marty Rubin


The lies that people tell in stories is what makes them so true. – Majid Kazmi


The majority of people, in their lives, live, breathe, and practice with a mindset of jealousy, deception, lie, conspiratorial, beguile, destruction, selfishness, and ignorance.                    – Ehsan Sehgal


The media are less a window on reality than a stage on which officials and journalists perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions. – Thomas Sowell


The more lies you tell the more stories you have to remember. – Katie Klein


The power to lead is the power to mislead, and the power to mislead is the power to destroy. – Thomas S. Monson


The real promise in too many promises is a promise that I’m going to be disappointed.        – Craig D. Lounsbrough


The truest way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.                      – Francois de La Rochefoucauld


The weak will try to convince you that weakness is strength. – Wayne Gerard Trotman


The world in which deception lives like romance cannot grow with innovation.                    – Prof.Salam Al Shereida


The world would be a better place if even a fraction of us become the kinds of people we have deceived others into believing we are. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana


Those who betray an oath of loyalty and commitment are in training to become a master of deceit and deception. – RJ Intindola


Those who climb the corporate ladder of lies and deception will sooner or later fall off the shaky steps. – Khang Kijarro Nguyen


Through knowledge and experience, I have learned to doubt everything. – Maria Karvouni


True love is away from all deception. It can survive in the cracks of the broken heart.          – Ruchita Bahl


Truth is hard, propaganda is cheap. – DaShanne Stokes


Truth is what it is. A lie, a thought out deception more brutal than the truth could ever be.   – Charlotte Armstrong


Unless we close our eyes we are always deceived. – Maurice Maeterlinck


We lied to our parents and we lied to each other and we lied to ourselves, so addicted to deception had we become. – Janet Malcolm


We must be careful more than ever what we let our hearts believe in. – Solange Nicole


We sometimes benefit way more from being lied to than the person lying to us.                 – Mokokoma Mokhonoana


When a lie has been embedded in the public consciousness, the truth has a difficult time making itself known. – Bethany L. Brand


When our hearts are empty, deception can fill them with lies. – RJ – Intindola


When you can’t tell the truth, tell “a” truth. – Greg Cox


When you live by understanding, you will not live in deception. – Sunday Adelaja


When you’re dealing with frauds and liars, listen more to what they don’t say than what they do. – DaShanne Stokes


Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.                   – Khaled Hosseini


You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. – Joseph E. Levine


You can fool no man than yourself. – Lailah Gifty Akita


You can’t separate desperate politicians from violence and trouble.                                     – Bamigboye Olurotimi


You cannot weave the truth from a string of lies. – Fred Muñoz


You can’t cure a patient who’s pretending to be sick. – Marty Rubin


Your nature may carry deception and lies, but then it won’t stop me from loving you.          – Alok Jagawat



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