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

—Jacob Burckhardt, c. 1875

Credulity forges more miracles than trickery could invent.

—Joseph Joubert, 1811

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

—Patricia Highsmith, 1960

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

—Congolese proverb

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

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

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

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

—Czeslaw Milosz, 1946

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

—John Gay, 1728

Life is the art of being well deceived.

—William Hazlitt, c. 1817

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

 

—Tennessee Williams, 1953

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

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1947

In most cases men willingly believe what they wish.

—Julius Caesar, 52 BC