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Cheating is more honorable than stealing. 

—German proverb

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

—John Gay, 1728

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

—Czeslaw Milosz, 1946

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

Credulity forges more miracles than trickery could invent.

—Joseph Joubert, 1811

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

—Tennessee Williams, 1953

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

—Jacob Burckhardt, c. 1875

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

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1947

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

—Virginia Woolf, 1927

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

—Lord Byron, 1822

Life is the art of being well deceived.

—William Hazlitt, c. 1817

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

—Jean Genet, 1986