There was no treachery too base for the world to commit.

—Virginia Woolf, 1927

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.


—Tennessee Williams, 1953

Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth.

—Czeslaw Milosz, 1946

Children and fools cannot lie. 

—John Heywood, 1546

Honesty, for me, is usually the worst policy imaginable.

—Patricia Highsmith, 1960

Men were born to lie, and women to believe them.

—John Gay, 1728

Alongside all swindlers the state now stands there as swindler-in-chief.

—Jacob Burckhardt, c. 1875

Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1947

Life is the art of being well deceived.

—William Hazlitt, c. 1817

In most cases men willingly believe what they wish.

—Julius Caesar, 52 BC

It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.

—Marguerite Duras, 1987

Cheating is more honorable than stealing. 

—German proverb

And, after all, what is a lie? ’Tis but the truth in masquerade.

—Lord Byron, 1822