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There is much difference between imitating a good man, and counterfeiting him.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1738

You can put wings on a pig, but you don’t make it an eagle.

—Bill Clinton, 1996

If you find excrement somewhere in the village, the chief was the one who put it there.

—Congolese proverb

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

—Czeslaw Milosz, 1946

Cheating is more honorable than stealing. 

—German proverb

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

—Jacob Burckhardt, c. 1875

Anyone who’s never experienced the pleasure of betrayal doesn’t know what pleasure is.

—Jean Genet, 1986

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

—John Gay, 1728

Children and fools cannot lie. 

—John Heywood, 1546

Credulity forges more miracles than trickery could invent.

—Joseph Joubert, 1811

In most cases men willingly believe what they wish.

—Julius Caesar, 52 BC

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

—Lord Byron, 1822

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

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1947