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

—Jean Genet, 1986

Credulity forges more miracles than trickery could invent.

—Joseph Joubert, 1811

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

—Patricia Highsmith, 1960

Children and fools cannot lie. 

—John Heywood, 1546

If you steal, do not steal too much at a time. You may be arrested. Steal cleverly, little by little.

—Mobutu Sese Seko, 1991

An honest man is all right even if he’s an idiot…but a crook must have brains.

—Maxim Gorky, 1902

Cheating is more honorable than stealing. 

—German proverb

The poor man is ruined as soon as he begins to ape the rich.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

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

—Benjamin Franklin, 1738

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

—Czeslaw Milosz, 1946

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

—John Gay, 1728

Your piping-hot lie is the best of lies.

—Plautus, c. 200 BC

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

 

—Tennessee Williams, 1953