A Quote by Fulke Greville, Lord Brook on deception

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.

Lord Brook Fulke Greville (1554 - 1628)

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A Quote by Lemuel K. Washburn on deception, grief, lies, and life

There is no sadder grief than that which lies at the bottom of a life that has been wrecked through deception

Lemuel K. Washburn

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A Quote by Lazurus Long on deception and evil

Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil

Lazurus Long

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A Quote by Bishop Joseph Butler on action, consequences, deception, and desires

Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why then should we desire to be deceived?

Joseph Butler (1692 - 1752)

Source: Fifteen Sermons. No.7, § 16

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A Quote by John Tillotson on deception, god, heaven, hope, hospitals, lust, purpose, repentance, words, and world

Let no man deceive you with vain words or vain hopes or false notions of a slight and sudden repentance. As if heaven were a hospital founded on purpose to receive all sick and maimed persons that, when they can live no longer to the lusts of the flesh and the sinful pleasures of this world, can but put up a cold and formal petition to be admitted there. No, no, as sure as God is true, they shall never see the Kingdom of God who, instead of seeking it in the first place, make it their last refuge and retreat.

John Tillotson (1630 - 1694)

Source: Sermons

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A Quote by John Ruskin on deception, lies, and words

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: Modern Painters

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A Quote by John Dryden on cheating, day, deception, hope, lies, life, men, past, pleasure, and trust

When I consider life, 't is all a cheat. Yet fool'd with hope, men favour the deceit; Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay. To-morrow 's falser than the former day; Lies worse, and while it says we shall be blest With some new joys, cuts off what we possest. Strange cozenage! none would live past years again, Yet all hope pleasure in what yet remain; And from the dregs of life think to receive What the first sprightly running could not give.

John Dryden (1631 - 1700)

Source: Aurengzebe. Act iv. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on deception and nature

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.

Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

Source: Emile

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A Quote by Hamilton Wright Mabie on deception, god, illusions, life, opportunity, pain, simplicity, virtue, and world

Our wills are not ours to be crushed and broken; they are ours to be trained and strengthened. Our affections are not ours to be blighted and crucified; they are ours to be deepened and purified. The rich opportunities of life are not held out to us only to be snatched away by an invisible hand patiently waiting for the hour when the cup is sweetest; they are given to us that we may grow, alike through their rise or their withdrawal. They are real, they are sweet, and they are worthy of our longing for them; we gain nothing by calling them dross, or the world an illusion, or ourselves the victims of deception, or by exalting renunciation as the highest virtue. When these opportunities are denied us, it is a real, not an imaginary, loss which we sustain; and our part is not that of bare renunciation, of simple surrender; our part is to recognize the loss, to bear the pain, and to find a deeper and richer life in doing the will of God.

Hamilton Wright Mabie (1845 - 1916)

Source: The Life of the Spirit

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A Quote by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz on deception, dreams, life, reason, and world

Although the whole of this life were said to be nothing but a dream and the physical world nothing but a phantasm, I should call this dream or phantasm real enough, if, using reason well, we were never deceived by it.

Gottfried von Leibniz (1646 - 1716)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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