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

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1947

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

—Czeslaw Milosz, 1946

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

—Jean Genet, 1986

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

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

Your piping-hot lie is the best of lies.

—Plautus, c. 200 BC

Credulity forges more miracles than trickery could invent.

—Joseph Joubert, 1811

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

—John Gay, 1728

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

 

—Tennessee Williams, 1953

Children and fools cannot lie. 

—John Heywood, 1546

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

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