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    deception Quotes

    To notice people's deceptions yet not reveal it in words, to bear people's insults without showing any change of attitude-there is endless meaning in this, and also endless function.
    — Zicheng Hong
    Only fools imagine they are already awake. How clearly they understand everything! How easily they distinguish this deception from that reality!
    — Zhuangzi
    The petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him.
    — Xunzi
    Homer and Hesiod attributed to the gods all things which are disreputable and worthy of blame when done by men; and they told of them many lawless deeds, stealing, adultery, and deception of each other.
    — Xenophanes
    tags: deception  god 
    After years of denial and deception, the Philip Morris company has admitted that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer and other diseases. This formal acknowledgment comes far too late but still we must all welcome it. It can be the beginning of clearing the air.
    — William J. Clinton
    Life is deceitful because all warfare is based on deception.
    — William C. Brown
    tags: deception 
    The most dire of all of life's grueling deceptions wedge themselves in in our minds between truth and perceptions.
    — Wes Fesler
    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
    What I've learned from fighting is that the lights in side the cage will tell everything you did or did not do in your camp! Once the doors close there can be no lie or deception and the lights will tell all!
    — Walel Watson
    tags: lies  fighting  deception 
    Once the doors close there can be no lie or deception and the lights will tell all!
    — Walel Watson
    tags: lies  deception 
    People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be, until they have learned to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.
    — Virgil Thomson
    tags: deception  music 
    Sometimes terror and pain are not the best levers; deception, when it works, is the most elegant and the least expensive manipulation of all.
    — Vernor Vinge
    tags: work  pain  deception 
    You know, any sane magician would never reveal his method of deception. And I don't think that a sensible musician would either.
    — Van Dyke Parks
    tags: deception 
    As in everything else, I must start with myself. That is: in all circumstances try to be decent, just, tolerant, and understanding, and at the same time try to resist corruption and deception. In other words, I must do my utmost to act in harmony with my conscience and my better self.
    — Vaclav Havel
    It shouldn't surprise any American to know that Russia uses its money and its intelligence services to spread disinformation, use subterfuge and deception and manipulation, to try to divide political opinion within the United States, within any Western European country, or among NATO countries. That's one of the techniques that Russia has used for decades, during the Cold War and during the Putin era.
    — Tom Cotton
    Perhaps the greatest scientific deception of the IPCC is the abuse and misuse of computer climate models. They allow them to make their reports and deliberations appear credible. They allow them to bamboozle the public because computer models are a complete mystery to most people.
    — Timothy Ball
    Like Karl Kraus [Wittgenstein], was seldom pleased by what he saw of the institutions of men, and the idiom of the passerby mostly offended his ear - particularly when they happened to speak philosophically; and like Karl Kraus, he suspected that the institutions could not but be corrupt if the idiom of the race was confused, presumptuous, and vacuous, a fabric of nonsense, untruth, deception, and self-deception.
    — Thomas Szasz
    tags: men  deception  race  corrupt 
    Deception is one of the quickest ways to gain little things and lose big things.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: deception 
    Restrain an inordinate desire for knowledge, in which is found much anxiety and deception. Learned men always wish to appear so, and desire recognition of their wisdom. But there are many matters, knowledge of which brings little or no advantage to the soul.
    — Thomas a Kempis
    Beauty is a mute deception.
    — Theophrastus
    tags: beauty  deception 
    Deception is mostly a game we play with ourselves.
    — Terry Brooks
    tags: deception  games 
    It is still difficult for many to believe that a deception of such magnitude is possible. Deceptions and false declarations have ben the standard in the politics of the powerful, and certainly are in Israel's policy toward the Palestinians from the start.
    — Tanya Reinhart
    What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective. Our relationship with truth is fundamental but cracked, refracting confusingly like fragmented glass. It is the core of our careers, the endgame of every move we make, and we pursue it with strategies painstakingly constructed of lies and concealment and every variation on deception.
    — Tana French
    Love cannot reconcile with deception
    — Susan Abulhawa
    tags: deception 
    No one from the intelligence community, anyplace else ever came in and said, "What if Saddam is doing all this deception because he actually got rid of the WMD and he doesn't want the Iranians to know?' Now somebody should have asked that question. I should have asked that question. Nobody did. Turns out that was the most important question in terms of the intelligence failure that never got asked.
    — Stephen Hadley
    Each time the losses and deceptions of life teach us about impermanence, they bring us closer to the truth. When you fall from a great height, there is only one possible place to land: on the ground-the ground of truth. And if you have the understanding that comes from spiritual practice, then falling is in no way a disaster, but the discovery of an inner refuge.
    — Sogyal Rinpoche
    Rise above the deceptions and temptations of the mind. This is your duty. You are born for this only; all other duties are self-created and self-imposed owing to ignorance.
    — Sivananda
    While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive.
    — Sissela Bok
    tags: deception 
    Either the men of Galilee were men of superlative wisdom, and extensive knowledge and experience, and of deeper skill in the arts of deception than any and all others, before them or after them, or they have truly stated astonishing things which they saw and heard.
    — Simon Greenleaf
    When "news stories" are broken, do we not expect a certain amount of fact-checking or source-checking? One has to ask if this falls under the guise of sloppy reporting or deception as a source of spin. We seem to accept a certain amount of deception and we seem to be helpless to doing anything about it, as illustrated so clearly by where we are right now in this moment in history.
    — Sheryl Crow
    The presence of death annihilates all superstitions. We are the children of death, and it is death that rescues us from the deceptions of life. In the midst of life he calls us and summons us to him.
    — Sadegh Hedayat
    Everything about the left is perception, manipulation, and lies. Everything. Everything is 'Wag the Dog.' Everything is a structured deception.
    — Rush Limbaugh
    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
    tags: lies  deception 
    Deception is a developed art of civilization and the most potent weapon in the game of power
    — Robert Greene
    Playing with appearances and mastering the arts of deception are among the aesthetic pleasures of life. They are also key components in the acquisition of power.
    — Robert Greene
    tags: power  key  pleasure  deception 
    Governments are based pincipally on force and deception. Democratic governments are based chiefly on deception, other governments on force. And democratic governments, if you get too uppity, give up on the deception and resort to brute force, as a lot of us found out in the sixites. Those who didn't find out in the sixites will find out in the near future because we're going to have a rerun.
    — Robert Anton Wilson
    Why do most great pictures look uncontrived? Why do photographers bother with the deception, especially since it so often requires the hardest work of all? The answer is, I think, that the deception is necessary if the goal of art is to be reached: only pictures that look as if they had been easily made can convincingly suggest that beauty is commonplace.
    — Robert Adams
    I have often heard, "I love God but just don't like His people." This may sound glib, but as John explained, this is a basic deception as we do not really love God unless we also love His people. The Scriptures also go to great lengths to explain that love is not to be based on whether people are lovable or not.
    — Rick Joyner
    tags: people  deception  god 
    If your educe sculpture to the flat plane of the temporal experience of the work. (...) the experience of the work is inseparable from the place in which the work resides. Apart from that condition, any experience of the work is a deception.
    — Richard Serra
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