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Credulity forges more miracles than trickery could invent.

—Joseph Joubert, 1811

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

—Benjamin Franklin, 1738

He that will cheat you at play, will cheat you any way.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

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

—Congolese proverb

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

—Virginia Woolf, 1927

Cheating is more honorable than stealing. 

—German proverb

Life is the art of being well deceived.

—William Hazlitt, c. 1817

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

—Lord Byron, 1822

Your piping-hot lie is the best of lies.

—Plautus, c. 200 BC

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

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

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

—Bill Clinton, 1996

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

—Marguerite Duras, 1987

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

—Jacob Burckhardt, c. 1875