Dishonesty Quotes


Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.

Aggravation    Concealment    Confusion    Contemplation    Dishonesty    Hardcore    Honesty    Lie    Lying    Never    Pain    Provoke    Secrecy    Secrets    Thinkers    Thought    Torture    Truth

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.

Lying is done with words, and also with silence.

Dishonesty    Lies    Silence    Words

I despise the rituals of fake friendship. I wish we could just claw each other's eyes out and call it a day; instead we put on huge radiant smiles and spout compliments until our teeth hurt from the saccharine sweetness of it all.

Dishonesty    Fake    Friends    Friendship    Humor    Pretense

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as 'moral indignation,' which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

Dishonesty    Double standards    Envy    Hate    Indignation    Morality    Vice    Virtue

Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.

And not only the pride of intellect, but the stupidity of intellect. And, above all, the dishonesty, yes, the dishonesty of intellect. Yes, indeed, the dishonesty and trickery of intellect.

How is it possible that our parents lied to us?"
"Lets see: Santa, the Tooth Fairy,the Easter bunny,um, God. You're the prettiest kid in school. This wont hurt a bit. Your face will freeze like that..."
"Everythings going to be alright.

There are only two kinds of men in this world: Honest men and dishonest men. ...Any man who says the world owes him a living is dishonest. The same God that made you and me made this earth. And He planned it so that it would yield every single thing that the people on it need. But He was careful to plan it so that it would only yield up its wealth in exchange for the labor of man. Any man who tries to share in that wealth without contributing the work of his brain or his hands is dishonest.

Politics: Poli a Latin word meaning "many" and "tics" meaning "bloodsucking creatures".

Being nice merely to be liked in return nullifies the point.

Canceled    Cancelled    Dishonesty    Honesty    Insincerity    Kind    Nice    Nullified    Pointless    Sincerity

The moral world has no particular objection to vice, but an insuperable repugnance to hearing vice called by its proper name.

Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair

One is what one is, and the dishonesty of hiding behind a degree, or a title, or any manner and collection of words, is still exactly that: dishonest.

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.

Where questions of religion are concerned, people are guilty of every possible sort of dishonesty and intellectual misdemeanor.

I am a politician which means I am a liar and a crook. When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollypops.

We have come to a point in time where using common sense, speaking factual truths and asking honest questions have been deemed radical behavior. While in turn, manipulation, thoughtlessness and dishonesty is often rewarded and rules the day.

The trouble with excuses, however, is that they become inevitably difficult to believe after they’ve been used a couple of times.

DON PEDRO
Come, lady, come; you have lost the heart of Signior Benedick.
BEATRICE
Indeed, my lord, he lent it me awhile; and I gave him use for it, a double heart for his single one: marry, once before he won it of me with false dice, therefore your grace may well say I have lost it.
DON PEDRO
You have put him down, lady, you have put him down.
BEATRICE
So I would not he should do me, my lord, lest I should prove the mother of fools.

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
Betrayal    Deceit    Dishonesty    Falsehood    Hearts    Honesty    Love    Men    Payback    Women

The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is the pretense of intelligent ignorance. The former is teachable; the latter is not.

One percent of people will always be honest and never steal," the locksmith said. "Another one percent will always be dishonest and always try to pick your lock and steal your television. And the rest will be honest as long as the conditions are right - but if they are tempted enough, they'll be dishonest too. Locks won't protect you from the thieves, who can get in your house if they really want to. They will only protect you from the mostly honest people who might be tempted to try your door if it had no lock".

Tension, in the long run, is a more dangerous force than any feud known to man.

Bitterness    Dangerous    Dishonesty    Feuds    Force    Honesty    Lies    Lying    Man    Mankind    Peace    Pressure    Repression    Resistance    Rivalry    Run    Secrecy    Suppression    Tension    Truth    War

It is not only by dint of lying to others, but also of lying to ourselves, that we cease to notice that we are lying.

Sodom and Gomorrah

Marcel Proust

Sodom and Gomorrah

Bullshit makes the flowers grow and that is beautiful

Dishonesty    Lie    Lies

If human nature were not base, but thoroughly honourable, we should in every debate have no other aim than the discovery of truth; we should not in the least care whether the truth proved to be in favour of the opinion which we had begun by expressing, or of the opinion of our adversary. That we should regard as a matter of no moment, or, at any rate, of very secondary consequence; but, as things are, it is the main concern. Our innate vanity, which is particularly sensitive in reference to our intellectual powers, will not suffer us to allow that our first position was wrong and our adversary’s right. The way out of this difficulty would be simply to take the trouble always to form a correct judgment. For this a man would have to think before he spoke. But, with most men, innate vanity is accompanied by loquacity and innate dishonesty. They speak before they think; and even though they may afterwards perceive that they are wrong, and that what they assert is false, they want it to seem thecontrary. The interest in truth, which may be presumed to have been their only motive when they stated the proposition alleged to be true, now gives way to the interests of vanity: and so, for the sake of vanity, what is true must seem false, and what is false must seem true.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Often, love is a tangled web of lies that only a broken heart would weave. Seldom is dishonesty the whole person, rather it's the pain.

A DEAD STATESMAN
I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?
from EPITAPHS OF THE WAR 1914-18

Corruption    Deceit    Dishonesty    Irony    Lies    Politics    Truth    War    Youth

If politics is like show business, then the idea is not to pursue excellence, clarity or honesty but to appear as if you are, which is another matter altogether.

When you're paid to do a job, it's better to give a few minutes more to it, than a few minutes less. That's one of the differences between doing a job honestly and doing it dishonestly! See?

Dishonesty    Honestly    Jobs    Minutes    Time    Working

By God, if women had written stories,
As clerks had within here oratories,
They would have written of men more wickedness
Than all the mark of Adam may redress.

Books    Dishonesty    Evil    Gender    Inequality    Men    Storytelling    Wickedness    Women

A DEAD STATESMAN
I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?
from EPITAPHS OF THE WAR 1914-18

Corruption    Deceit    Dishonesty    Irony    Lies    Politics    Truth    War    Youth

Just as some people may conceal their own sinfulness thus seeming better than the norm, others expose their own sinfulness thus seeming worse than the norm.

Tolerance! The virtue that makes one bite his tongue so that he can tear out his hair.

Many people in a rather reckless context claim to 'just tell it like it is'. In actuality, nobody really stresses what one says so much as the motive behind what one says; hence, he is merely blowing hot air and detracting from 'what is'.

Actuality    Air    Dishonesty    Emphasis    Honest    Motives    Reckless    Truth

When reading the history of the Jewish people, of their flight from slavery to death, of their exchange of tyrants, I must confess that my sympathies are all aroused in their behalf. They were cheated, deceived and abused. Their god was quick-tempered unreasonable, cruel, revengeful and dishonest. He was always promising but never performed. He wasted time in ceremony and childish detail, and in the exaggeration of what he had done. It is impossible for me to conceive of a character more utterly detestable than that of the Hebrew god. He had solemnly promised the Jews that he would take them from Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey. He had led them to believe that in a little while their troubles would be over, and that they would soon in the land of Canaan, surrounded by their wives and little ones, forget the stripes and tears of Egypt. After promising the poor wanderers again and again that he would lead them in safety to the promised land of joy and plenty, this God, forgetting every promise, said to the wretches in his power:—'Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness and your children shall wander until your carcasses be wasted.' This curse was the conclusion of the whole matter. Into this dust of death and night faded all the promises of God. Into this rottenness of wandering despair fell all the dreams of liberty and home. Millions of corpses were left to rot in the desert, and each one certified to the dishonesty of Jehovah. I cannot believe these things. They are so cruel and heartless, that my blood is chilled and my sense of justice shocked. A book that is equally abhorrent to my head and heart, cannot be accepted as a revelation from God.
When we think of the poor Jews, destroyed, murdered, bitten by serpents, visited by plagues, decimated by famine, butchered by each, other, swallowed by the earth, frightened, cursed, starved, deceived, robbed and outraged, how thankful we should be that we are not the chosen people of God. No wonder that they longed for the slavery of Egypt, and remembered with sorrow the unhappy day when they exchanged masters. Compared with Jehovah, Pharaoh was a benefactor, and the tyranny of Egypt was freedom to those who suffered the liberty of God.
While reading the Pentateuch, I am filled with indignation, pity and horror. Nothing can be sadder than the history of the starved and frightened wretches who wandered over the desolate crags and sands of wilderness and desert, the prey of famine, sword, and plague. Ignorant and superstitious to the last degree, governed by falsehood, plundered by hypocrisy, they were the sport of priests, and the food of fear. God was their greatest enemy, and death their only friend.
It is impossible to conceive of a more thoroughly despicable, hateful, and arrogant being, than the Jewish god. He is without a redeeming feature. In the mythology of the world he has no parallel. He, only, is never touched by agony and tears. He delights only in blood and pain. Human affections are naught to him. He cares neither for love nor music, beauty nor joy. A false friend, an unjust judge, a braggart, hypocrite, and tyrant, sincere in hatred, jealous, vain, and revengeful, false in promise, honest in curse, suspicious, ignorant, and changeable, infamous and hideous:—such is the God of the Pentateuch.

Some Mistakes of Moses

Robert G. Ingersoll

Some Mistakes of Moses
Abhorrent    Affection    Agony    Arrogant    Beauty    Belief    Benefactor    Bible    Blood    Book    Christianity    Corpses    Cruelty    Curse    Death    Deceived    Delight    Despair    Despicable    Dishonesty    Dreams    Dust    Enemy    Exchange    Exodus    Falsehood    Famine    Fear    Freedom    Friend    God    Govern    Hateful    Heartless    Hideous    History    Home    Horror    Hypocrisy    Ignorant    Impossible    Indignation    Infamous    Jehovah    Jewish    Jews    Joy    Judaism    Justice    Liberty    Love    Moses    Murder    Music    Myth    Mythology    Pain    Parallel    Pentateuch    Pharaoh    Pity    Plagues    Plunder    Prey    Priests    Promise    Promised land    Reading    Religion    Revelation    Revengeful    Robbed    Sad    Safety    Serpents    Shock    Slavery    Sorrow    Sport    Starved    Superstitious    Sympathy    Tears    Thankful    The bible    Tyranny    Tyrants    Unreasonable    Vain    Wander    Wasted    Yahweh

Here is a man whose life and actions the world has already condemned - yet whose enormous fortune...has already brought him acquittal!

Corruption    Dishonesty    Guilt    Humour    Justice    Law    Lies    Politics    Sarcasm    Wealth

Arraigned at my own bar, Memory having given her evidence of the hopes, wishes, sentiments I had been cherishing since last night-- of the general state of mind which I have indulged for nearly a fortnight past; Reason having come forward and told in her own quiet way , a plain, unvarnished tale, showing how I had rejected the real, and rabidly devoured the ideal;-- I pronounced judgment to this effect:-- That a greater fool than Jane Eyre had never breathed the breath of life: that a more fantastic idiot had never surfeited herself on sweet lies, and swallowed the poison as if it were nectar.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

Put a thief among honest men and they will eventually relieve him of his watch.

Swim-Two-Birds

Flann O'Brien

Swim-Two-Birds

Hang your merit. I don't seek anyone's approbation.

Being dishonest to himself is the biggest crime any human can make

Honesty means nothing to a dishonest person, but honesty to a honest person gains respect.

All historical writing, even the most honest, is unconsciously subjective, since every age is bound, in spite of itself, to make the dead perform whatever tricks it finds necessary for its own peace of mind.

Whoever claims any right that he is unwilling to accord to his fellow-men is dishonest and infamous.

You'd think (losing his job and degree for having made false claims as a researcher) would be a lesson to him," said Miss Hillyard. "It didn't pay, did it? Say he sacrificed his professional honour for the women and children we hear so much about -- but in the end it left him worse of."
But that," said Peter, "was only because he committed the extra sin of being found out.

Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night

My correspondence has certainly the charm of variety, and the humbler are usually the more interesting. This looks like one of those unwelcome social summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie.

Nevertheless a certain class of dishonesty, dishonesty magnificent in its proportions, and climbing into high places, has become at the same time so rampant and so splendid that there seems to be reason for fearing that men and women will be taught to feel that dishonesty, if it can become splendid, will cease to be abominable. If dishonesty can live in a gorgeous palace with pictures on all its walls, and gems in all its cupboards, with marble and ivory in all its corners, and can give Apician dinners, and get into Parliament, and deal in millions, then dishonesty is not disgraceful, and the man dishonest after such a fashion is not a low scoundrel. Instigated, I say, by some such reflections as these, I sat down in my new house to write The Way We Live Now. And as I had ventured to take the whip of the satirist into my hand, I went beyond the iniquities of the great speculator who robs everybody, and made an onslaught also on other vices;--on the intrigues of girls who want to get married, on the luxury of young men who prefer to remain single, and on the puffing propensities of authors who desire to cheat the public into buying their volumes.

Some false representations contravene the law; some do not. ... The sensibilities of no two men are the same. Some would refuse to sell property without carefully explaining all about its merits and defects, and putting themselves in the purchasers' place and inquiring if he himself would buy under the circumstances. But such men never would be prosperous merchants.

The Story of My Life

Clarence Darrow

The Story of My Life

Some false representations contravene the law; some do not. The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business, and, besides, could not be done. The line between honesty and dishonesty is a narrow, shifting one and usually lets those get by that are the most subtle and already have more than they can use.

The Story of My Life

Clarence Darrow

The Story of My Life

Moreover, grandmothers of students who aren't doing so well in class are at even higher risk - students who are failing are fifty times more likely to lose a grandmother compared with non-failing students. In a paper exploring this sad connection, Adam speculates that the phenomenon is due to intrafamilial dynamics, which is to say, students' grandmothers care so much about their grandchildren that they worry themselves to death over the outcome of exams.

I find it most offensive that the character of Reason, whom [
Jean den Meun
(author of the
Romance of the Rose
)] himself calls the daughter of God, should put forth such a statement as ... where she says by way of a proverb that "in the war of Love it is better to deceive than be deceived." And indeed I dare say that in making that statement
Jean den Meun
's Reason denied her Father, for the doctrine He gave was altogether different.

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