Life is the art of being well deceived.
We like to be deceived.
Deception is the knowledge of kings.
Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him.
Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception.
I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.
When you find your way you cannot be scared. You need to be brave enough to take wrong steps. The deceptions, failures, lack of enthusiasm, are tools that God places in our way to reveal the path.
People come to music to seek oblivion: is that not also a form of deception?
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
To know how to disguise is the knowledge of kings.
For as long as I care to remember, religion, like the striptease, has always been a display of the power of suggestion. Like the Virgin Birth, it has all too often supported an immaculate deception.
A man is sometimes better off deceived about the one he loves, than undeceived.
The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Men still have to be governed by deception.
Art is the most beautiful deception of all! And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory.
All war is based on deception.
If we can but tear the blindfold of self-deception from our eyes and loosen the gag of self-denial from our voices, we can restore our country to greatness.
There is no killing the suspicion that deceit has once begotten.
In the last few years, the very idea of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is dredged up only as a final resort when the alternative options of deception, threat and bribery have all been exhausted.
What one has most to work and struggle for in painting is to do the work with a great amount of labour and sweat in such a way that it may afterward appear, however much it was laboured upon, to have been done almost quickly and almost without any labour, and very easily, although it was not.
The foreground in a picture is always unattractive... Art demands that the interest of the canvas should be placed in the far distance, where lies take refuge, those dreams which blossom out of fact and are man's only love.
Flat, uninteresting parts of paintings are, in fact, a ruse to get the viewer to see what needs to be seen.
Art lies by its own artifice.
My landscapes are not only beautiful or nostalgic, with a Romantic or classical suggestion of lost Paradises, but above all 'untruthful'.
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