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Your piping-hot lie is the best of lies.

—Plautus, c. 200 BC

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

—Marguerite Duras, 1987

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

—Lord Byron, 1822

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

—John Gay, 1728

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

—Maxim Gorky, 1902

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

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

—Virginia Woolf, 1927

Life is the art of being well deceived.

—William Hazlitt, c. 1817

Cheating is more honorable than stealing. 

—German proverb

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

—Jean Genet, 1986

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

—Congolese proverb

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

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1947