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The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three. First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise. For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum to call up all that are against them. The second is to reserve a man's self a fair retreat: for if a man engage himself, by a manifest declaration, he must go through, or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.

Author: Pierre Charron (1541-1603)

Profession: French Philosopher

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.

Author: Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

Profession: Parliamentarian General, Lord Protector of England

Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with. And, in the end, I distilled everything down to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.

Author: Christopher Hampton (1946)

Profession: British Playwright

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

Life is the art of being well deceived.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.

Author: Hitopadesa

Profession: Sanskrit Fable From Panchatantra

Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

Author: Homer

Profession: Greek Epic Poet

He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet