It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
Of all forms of deception self-deception is the most deadly, and of all deceived persons the self-deceived are the least likely to discover the fraud.
Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.
We lie best when we lie to ourselves.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
Self-deception can be more comforting than self-knowledge.
We like to fool ourselves.
Avoidance of self deception is a matter of integrity not comfort.
When we successfully deceive others, they are not aware of it; the same is true with self-deception.
Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge.
There are genuine mysteries in the world that mark the limits of human knowing and thinking. Wisdom is fortified, not destroyed, by understanding its limitations. Ignorance does not make a fool as surely as self-deception.
Self-deception helps us deceive.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
It is self-love and its offspring self-deception, which shut the gates of heaven, and lead men, as if in a delicious dream, to hell.
It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of individual's and society's self-deception.
Only one deception is possible in the infinite sense, self-deception.
Cheating in school is a form of self-deception. We go to school to learn. We cheat ourselves when we coast on the efforts and scholarship of someone else.
Food, clothing and shelter — these are the basic needs. Beyond that, if you want anything, it is the beginning of self-deception.
If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.
How much rationality and higher protection there is in such self-deception, and how much falseness I still require in order to allow myself again and again the luxury of my sincerity.
The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.
Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture.
Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning.
All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.
People who believe that they are strong-willed and the masters of their destiny can only continue to believe this by becoming specialists in self-deception.
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