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You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) Dutch humanist and theologian.


We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) French poet.

The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) Swiss theologian and poet.

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.