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

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

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

—Tennessee Williams, 1953

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

—Congolese proverb

Life is the art of being well deceived.

—William Hazlitt, c. 1817

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

—Patricia Highsmith, 1960

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

—Czeslaw Milosz, 1946

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

—Benjamin Franklin, 1738

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

—John Gay, 1728

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

—Lord Byron, 1822

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

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

—Bill Clinton, 1996

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

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC