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Agatha Christie
A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attentions and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love he can't help looking like a sheep.
Alberto Moravia
And we all know love is a glass which makes even a monster appear fascinating.
Amit K Ghosh
Politics is a delicate art of saying what people want to hear and doing what people don't want to hear
Ana Claudia Antunes
Treat me well and I will tell... Treat me bad and I feel sad. Treat me good, change my mood. Treat me sweet and call it quits!
Ashly Lorenzana
Never try to do anything that is outside of who you are. A forced smile is a sign of what feels wrong in your heart, so recognize it when it happens. Living a lie will reduce you to one.
Atom Tate
Your soul understands more than you think.
Bamigboye Olurotimi
You can't separate desperate politicians from violence and trouble.
Blaque Diamond
Michelle, since the first day I met you I knew you were the one for me. I knew that I would make you my wife. I love waking up to your beautiful face every morning and seeing you before I close my eyes each night. I love you with everything in me, and I promise to be the man that you need for the rest of our lifetime together. Would you do me the honor of being my wife?
Brent Weeks
Hope is the great deceiver. Hope is the piper who leads us sleepy to our slaughter.
C. JoyBell C.
The medicine to fear, these days, is a dose of reality! Because these days the reality is far worse than the disembodiment of the ideal. People today are afraid of the disembodiment of the ideal, because they think the ideal is the reality. A rabbit that does not know it lives in the ground with snakes, is constantly afraid of the sea hawk possibly finding its way to land, to destroy the rabbit's meadowy existence. In the meadow, living in fear of the sea hawk, not knowing the hole in the ground next to its burrow belongs to a snake. I show the rabbit where the snakes are, thus eliminating its hazardous fear. Misplaced fear is hazardous fear. Fear well placed is a skill for survival.
C. JoyBell C.
We are all tricked. We think that religion tells us what to believe; but it doesn't, it is telling us what not to believe. Atheism is not the absence of religion; atheism is the most undiluted form of religion: it tells us not to believe in anything at all. Atheists hate the religious and the religious hate atheists, but this is only a deception! We are all deceived! There is only one boat and we are all in it! All at the same time!
Charles Fort
Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.
Charlotte Armstrong
A truth is what it is. A lie, a thought out deception more brutal than a truth could ever be.
Courtney M. Privett
History is the lie. History's words stain otherwise pristine books, drops of inky poison frosted in sugared deception.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
What is fear but that 'thing' that we believed to be as powerful as it pretended to be.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If truth be told, the easy road is nothing more than an armchair in clever disguise. And if you look around, it seems that there are a whole lot of people in the furniture business.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I can arrogantly brag that the doors I choose in life open wide and grant me unobstructed passage. But the widest doors tend to lead to the worst places.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I pretend to give gifts that people pretend to be gifts so that I can pretend that I gave something that actually cost me something. And what pretending or this sort gives me is the gift of a pretend life.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
How often have I painted a splendid picture of a journey marked by courageous ascents and daring desert crossings when all along all I've really been doing is running?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The best I can do is to 'pretend' that I'm my own god. But in the pretending I have to pretend that I'm not pretending, and somehow that doesn't sound very god-like to me.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
God's eyes readily see beyond our actions, for our actions are simply fear and selfishness pretending to be us.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I am likely to fail if I have determined the cost as too high or my intelligence as too low. Yet, if I think about it, the real failure rests in believing either of these to be true.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Strength other than that received from God is just hype manufactured by men.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Possibly the most debilitating deception of all is to create a god of my own making, fool myself into believing that this limp god of mine is the true God, and then construct the entirety of my life on this flamboyantly fictional character. Possibly the most devastating realization of all is when the real God shows up, and in the showing up all of this come crashing down.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Discerning the difference between a dictator and a leader is quite easy. The former cannot help but see 'leading' and 'serving' as stark contradictions that by their very nature are utterly incompatible. The latter can't tell the difference
Criss Jami
So the paradox goes: No man who is really ignorant is ever aware that he is ignorant. That is its finest, most faulty manifestation; there can be no true ignorance without first some claim of intelligence or consciousness, or superiority or enlightenment.
Criss Jami
It is a healthy approach not to expect persons to turn out precisely how you would have wished.
Criss Jami
What further helps to reveal reality is when our personal thinking ceases to take reality for granted.
Criss Jami
Any halfway clever devil would decorate the highway to Hell as beautiful as possible.
Dada Bhagwan
All those who are not straightforward (frank and forthright) in this world are full of deception.
Dark Jar Tin Zoo
To find out if she really loved me, I hooked her up to a lie detector. And just as I suspected, my machine was broken.

DaShanne Stokes
Accepting fraud from our leaders means accepting fraud in our personal lives.
DaShanne Stokes
People turned against each other cannot turn against those responsible.
DaShanne Stokes
If you lay with a scorpion, don't be surprised when it finally stings you.
DaShanne Stokes
Leadership by deception isn't leadership. It's fraud.
DaShanne Stokes
Truth is hard, propaganda is cheap.
DaShanne Stokes
The more we're thrown into conflict with each other through engineered distrust, the less able we are to unite against those responsible.
DaShanne Stokes
When you're dealing with frauds and liars, listen more to what they don't say than what they do.
Deb Caletti
People are secretive when they have secrets.
Demosthenes
Nothing is easier than self-deceit.For what every man wishes,that he also believes to be true.
Denise Hildreth Jones
Some things just couldn't be protectd from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off...Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.
Dennis Sharpe
A lie's true power cannot be accurately measured by the number of people who believe its deception when it is told, it must be measured by the number of people who will go out after hearing it trying to convince others of its truth.
Djayawarman Alamprabu
An Idea is nothing but Information, It won't do us any harm until we accept it as perception of truth in our mind, which in time will potentially evolve and construct major events in history.
Erol Ozan
Love feeds on deception.
ETC Wanyanwu
Your true personality is not the outer you but the inner you; not the person you present to the world but the person you hide from the world
Eugene V. Debs
In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.(Canton, OH, Anti-War Speech, June 16, 1918)
Evita Ochel
Until you realize how easily it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else's game.
George R.R. Martin
Half-truths are worth more than outright lies.
Grace Willows
Oh honey, someday a real man is going to make you see stars and you won't even be looking at the sky. Excerpt from Grace Willow's Last Minute Bride
Grace Willows
You are enough to drive a saint to madness or a king to his knees.
Grace Willows
You are enough to drive a saint to madness or a king to his kneesExcerpt from To Kiss a King by Grace WillowsComing this summer to Amazon Kindle and paperback.
Grace Willows
She was a ray of sunshine, a warm summer rain, a bright fire on a cold winter's day, and now she could be dead because she had tried to save the man she loved.
Greg Cox
When you can't tell the truth, tell *a* truth.
Guy de Maupassant
Nevertheless man has found love, which is not a bad reply to that sly Deity, and he has adorned it with so much poetry that woman often forgets the sensual part of it. Those among us who are unable to deceive themselves have invented vice and refined debauchery, which is another way of laughing at God and paying homage, immodest homage, to beauty.
Imre Kertész
You just sit there and tolerate it, the same way everything in this country is tolerated. Every deception, every lie, every bullet in the brains. Just as you are already tolerating bullets in the brains that will be implemented only after the bullet is put in your brains.
Imre Kertész
Kurti had believed in politics, and politics had deceived him, the way politics deceives everyone.
Israelmore Ayivor
There is no other way to determine the difference between the will of God and the crafts of satan... Jesus is the way, the truth and the life... The Holy Spirit of God is the Comforter...
Israelmore Ayivor
No matter how sweet is smells, if you know it will give you a discomfort later, don't even attempt to taste it. Discipline yourself to stay out of sin!
Israelmore Ayivor
Don't be deceived by the spirit of complacency and think you have achieved enough. Try to become better than you've been.
Israelmore Ayivor
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
On your way to accomplish greatness, you will hear a lot of noise. Listen to your inner voice and never let the distraction of the crowd discolour your poise.
Israelmore Ayivor
When you are posessed by evil spirits, it is crafty manipulations that you follow; but when you are posessed by the Holy Spirit of God, it is wise discretions you pursue!
James Robertson
Trust the story ... the storyteller may dissemble and deceive, the story can't: the story can only ever be itself.
Jane Austen
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.
Jim Butcher
Many things are not as they seem: The worst things in life never are.
John Webster
Princes give rewards with their own hands,But death or punishment by the hands of other.
Joshilyn Jackson
...nothing helps a lie float like a hopeful listener.
Katherine J Walden
The enemy knows that without surrender, we will never experience the freedom that God offers us. Without surrender, we will remain spiritually malnourished, ill and confused. Without surrender, our foxholes become prisons of the enemy's making. Our lack of full surrender limits God's ability to both work in our lives and through our lives.God's call to surrender is not an intimidating, angry bark heard from the other side of a battlefield. God's invitation to surrender is expressed through the example of his Son, Jesus, as described in Philippians 2:5-11.
Khaled Hosseini
Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.
Mark Leyner
I tend to interpret that whole 'everyone's wife is a Mossad agent' thing in a more sort of metaphorical way--that people you're intimate with might be, like, 'double agents,' y'know? It's a weird kind of paranoia you get about people you love--that they might turn out to be completely different from who you think they are, that it's all been some sort of diabolically patient plot against you. I think that's a pretty normal fear you have in any serious relationship. And that's why it's such a popular part of the epic, because so many people can relate to that fear. But personally, I don't really worry about it too much.
Marty Rubin
Higher education-I wonder how much longer the deception can go on.
Marty Rubin
Fine words have the power to make even the stupidest person sound intelligent.
Max Frisch
A joke is a good camouflage. Next best comes sentiment... But the best camouflage of all - in my opinion - is the plain and simple truth. Because nobody ever believes it.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some people wish they were as happy as or happy like some people think they are.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Looks sure can be deceiving: not every 'ugly' person is a 'bad' person (or is guilty of whatever it is that they are accused of).
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Most men would no longer enjoy conversing with most women if they stopped bringing their vaginas along.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Man is an extremely complex creature: he usually acts in an unselfish manner for selfish reasons.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
For a sane person to sincerely be happy that someone has succeeded, they have to either be profiting or likely to profit from that person's success, or be that person.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Most human beings would have never been pained by the death of a human being if they had never seen a human being or pretending to be pained by that.
Osamu Dazai
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.
Oscar Wilde
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
René Descartes
It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.
Robert A. Heinlein
I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth--then shut up.
Sharon Salzberg
Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what's happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what's happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.
Solange nicole
We must be careful more than ever what we let our hearts believe in.
Sun Tzu
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
Sun Tzu
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
Sunday Adelaja
Ignorance leads to leaving in self-deception.
Sunday Adelaja
Never be seduced by the sweet promises of a better path
Suzanne Finnamore
Someday I will have revenge. I know in advance to keep this to myself, and everyone will be happier. I do understand that I am expected to forgive N and his girlfriend in a timely fashion, and move on to a life of vegetarian cooking and difficult yoga positions and self-realization, and make this so much easier and more pleasant for all concerned.
Suzanne Finnamore
To keep myself from harming or calling N and to stave off the rage and despair, I focus on my extraordinary son, drink midrange Chardonnay every night after he is asleep, and make a barrage of late-night mail-order retail purchases placed from the couch. The couch has officially become my second battle station. I am angry and I have credit And I´m all blackened inside; I should wear a pointy witch hat around Larkspur as I go to the bank and drop A off at day care. It would be more honest.
Suzanne Finnamore
I feel incendiary, a wildfire. My spirit licks at the gates of a very elaborate, customized, and distracting emotional Hades.
Suzanne Finnamore
We talk. Darlene worries aloud that her husband works with a lot of attractive young women; she herself is fourty. I tell her it´s not about age. Little thing called character, I say, thinking, Accepting marital advice from me: the height of lunacy.
Suzanne Finnamore
God is great and God is good, Lisa says. But where are the Apache attack helicopters when you need them?
Suzanne Finnamore
I used to loathe ambivalence; now I adore it. Ambivalence is my new best friend.
Suzanne Finnamore
Although I notice there is never a truly good time to have a nice long chat with one´s mother-in-law, unless you are having an extraordinary life and marriage and your mother-in-law is, say, Maureen Dowd, or Indira Gandhi. Someone of that ilk.
Suzanne Finnamore
The Betty Lady explains love and splitting up: It´s like playing the shell game with Jesus. You can´t figure anything out; it´s best not to try. You´ll just humiliate yourself.
Suzanne Finnamore
Surprises, I feel now, are primarily a form of violence.
Suzanne Finnamore
I´m just not sending out the right vibe lately. Perhaps the fact that I wear stained sweatpants and free T-shirts is holding me back. I just can´t seem to get back into the intelligent-slut-for-hire outfits that lure men; even shoes with laces evade me. Plus my hair is Fran Lebowitz-esque. I think my eyes are getting closer together. I don´t know.
Suzanne Finnamore
Together we agree that there are few tableaus more pathetic than a woman poring over a plethora of self-help books, while in a small café across town her husband is sharing a bottle of Pouilly-Fuissé and fettucini Alfredo with a beautiful woman, fondling her fishnet knee and making careful plans to escape his life.
Suzanne Finnamore
Take me now, God! I shout to the inky sky. I´m ready.You´re not ready. You´re not even divorced yet, Bunny says. You cannot die married to that man.
Suzanne Finnamore
So many events and moments that seemed insignificant add up. I remember how for the last Valentine´s Day, N gave flowers but no card. In restaurants, he looked off into the middle distance while my hand would creep across the table to hold his. He would always let go first. I realize I can´t remember his last spontaneous gesture of affection.
Suzanne Finnamore
Très, très, triste...
Suzanne Finnamore
I review what I know once again, confronting the monolith now alien and almost unconnected to me: my marriage.
Suzanne Finnamore
I love you as the mother of my child: the kiss of death.Mother of His Child: demotion. I am beginning to see this truism: Mothers are not always wives. I have been stripped of a piece of self.
Suzanne Finnamore
You get what you give, we will tell his sorry, selfish ass. The Betty Lady has spoken. I detect a Bronx accent.But, I demur, it will make the other woman say, ´See? She IS a jealous and paranoid and pushy wife.´The Betty Lady rips open a cell phone statement with a nail file and, without looking up at me, says, Let me tell you something, honey. In my experience? The only thing they care about is what they see in the mirror each morning and WINNING...or their perception of winning.
Suzanne Finnamore
How can I grieve what is still in motion? I ask her. Shoes are still dropping all over the place. I´m not kidding, I say. It´s Normandy out there.
Suzanne Finnamore
The snag about marriage is, it isn´t worth the divorce.
Suzanne Finnamore
This does not escape my notice, it is a context. I resent the fact of a context; my social status has shifted and no one is going to acknowldege it, that´s certain. I´m expected to be Brave and Rise Above. I dress for the role; I must look far better now that I did when I was married. I must look pulled together into a nice tight Hermès knot of self-containment. I don´t make the rules; I just do my best to follow them.
Suzanne Finnamore
I know my vision is impaired and cannot be trusted with even the simplest tasks, much less dating. Not that I´ve come within talon distance of a man.
Suzanne Finnamore
He announces that lately he keeps losing things. Like your wife and child, I want to say, but don´t. At fourty, I´ve learned not to say everything clever, not to score every point.
Suzanne Finnamore
For me, it´s sloth, I say. Hedonistic sloth and escapism.
Suzanne Finnamore
I am replete with stamina in finding out every single fact I can about this whole affair.Yet, I think, do I want to pull that thread? Do I want to unleash the truth, unravel deceit, and kill reality as I´ve known it? It is irreparable, if I do, from the moment we met until now. It is long. If I discover too much that is false about what I thought my past was, Time will be skewed even further. I already have a poor connection with the present. Example: I have no sense of what day it is. It´s better.
Suzanne Finnamore
They feel life is for the taking, and that everyone deserves happiness no matter what the cost. I must remember these tricks if I ever decide to have my soul surgically removed.
Suzanne Finnamore
There is that, and there is also the Irreconcilable Differences line. It seems so catchall, so vague. You could say that about anyone, any man and woman at all. Jesus and Mary Magdalene: Irreconcilable Differences. JFK and Jackie, anyone at all. It´s built into the man-woman thing. What kind of paltry reason is that? Insanity is another box to be checked on the divorce petition, the only alternative to Irreconcilable Differences. I would like to check it.
Suzanne Finnamore
I´ve blown it, the whole grisly charade.
Suzanne Finnamore
How do you know? How best to ensure his nervous breakdown? I ask.Keep going, Christian says. Just go on as if nothing has happened. We all hate that.
Suzanne Finnamore
I remember one desolate Sunday night, wondering: Is this how I´m going to spend the rest of my life? Marrid to someone who is perpetually distracted and somewhat wistful, as though a marvelous party is going on in the next room, which but for me he could be attending?
Suzanne Finnamore
Naturally, I do blame Françoise. I blame her for having N in the first place. She was young, she was beautiful, she was married to a doctor, and she was intelligent. She could have abstained from producing her first son. It was wrong on a variety of levels.
Suzanne Finnamore
Yes. THANK YOU. And say hello to Judas Iscariot.
Suzy Kassem
People need to remember that a man who is deceptive deceives by hiding that he is deceptive. He is not going to openly validate that he is deceiving you because his aim is to deceive you.
Suzy Kassem
Most of the time, we see only what we want to see, or what others tell us to see, instead of really investigate to see what is really there. We embrace illusions only because we are presented with the illusion that they are embraced by the majority. When in truth, they only become popular because they are pounded at us by the media with such an intensity and high level of repetition that its mere force disguises lies and truths. And like obedient schoolchildren, we do not question their validity and swallow everything up like medicine. Why? Because since the earliest days of our youth, we have been conditioned to accept that the direction of the herd, and authority anywhere
Suzy Kassem
Most of the time, we see only what we want to see, or what others tell us to see, instead of really investigate to see what is really there. We embrace illusions only because we are presented with the illusion that they are embraced by the majority. When in truth, they only become popular because they are pounded at us by the media with such an intensity and high level of repetition that its mere force disguises lies and truths. And like obedient schoolchildren, we do not question their validity and swallow everything up like medicine. Why? Because since the earliest days of our youth, we have been conditioned to accept that the direction of the herd, and authority anywhere
Suzy Kassem
Any government that places profit before people is pure evil.
Suzy Kassem
To know the good from the bad, study a man or woman's history of actions, not their record of intentions.
T.F. Hodge
Betrayal and dishonor is usually an inside job. Keep it 'sucka-free', loved one!
TemitOpe Ibrahim
Anger is a deception. You engage it thinking you'll feel better but ultimately it drills you deeper in the hurt.
Thomas Hardy
At first I did not love you, Jude; that I own. When I first knew you I merely wanted you to love me. I did not exactly flirt with you; but that inborn craving which undermines some women's morals almost more than unbridled passion--the craving to attract and captivate, regardless of the injury it may do the man--was in me; and when I found I had caught you, I was frightened. And then--I don't know how it was-- I couldn't bear to let you go--possibly to Arabella again--and so I got to love you, Jude. But you see, however fondly it ended, it began in the selfish and cruel wish to make your heart ache for me without letting mine ache for you.
Thomas Hobbes
Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
Thomas S. Monson
The power to lead is the power to mislead, and the power to mislead is the power to destroy.
Umberto Eco
Thus we have on stage two men, each of whom knows nothing of what he believes the other knows, and to deceive each other reciprocally both speak in allusions, each of the two hoping (in vain) that the other holds the key to his puzzle.
Umberto Eco
I'd lost all faith in everything, except for the certainty that there's always someone behind our backs waiting to deceive us.
Upton Sinclair
Hitler was calling upon Almighty God to give him courage and strength to save the German people and right the wrongs of Versailles...and then to settle down and govern the county in the interest of those millions of oppressed little people for whom he spoke so eloquently.
Virginia Alison
All women are lifelong members of the Secret Service...So, if you must lie, better make sure you cover your tracks because there is no such thing as a 'dumb blonde'...
Walter Scott
Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.
Yiyun Li
When the dead departed, they took away any falsehoods that they might have allowed us to believe while alive; we who are left behind have to embark on a different life, since the dead are no longer here to help us deceive ourselves.
Zoë Marriott
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
How much easier life was once you learned how to lie. I had gotten into trouble by speaking out of turn, arguing and answering back so many times. Not anymore. Now I would do what I wanted, and no one would stop me.