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George Bernard Shaw
Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950+1
A miracle is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive: therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.
A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.
French novelist, critic, and essayist 1871-19220
A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
English poet 1593-16330
Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer.
English preacher and writer 1608-16610
Deceive not thyself by over-expecting happiness in the married estate. Remember the nightingales which sing only some months in the spring, but commonly are silent when they have hatched their eggs, as if their mirth were turned into care for their young ones.
American historian 1800-18910
Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.
Roman poet 65-8 BC0
He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others.
Human beings seem to have an almost unlimited capacity to deceive themselves into taking their own lies for truth.
Source: The politics of experience
Russian writer 1828-19100
Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
British writer 1891-19760
I did not deceive you, mon ami. At most, I permitted you to deceive yourself.
Source: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
American writer and criticus 1932-0
It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks lateness, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patching to repair great rents in the quotidian.
Jean de la Fontaine
French writer 1621-16950
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
Italian novelist and poet 1908-19500
Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: ''You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.''
Thomas à Kempis
German theologian 1380-14710
Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change.
French writer and philosopher 1712-17780
Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.