Well, this is all that’s left of us-and I want no self-deception about it.
He smiled, as if grasping a full confession of the meaning she attached to his name; the smile held an adversary’s acceptance of a challenge-and an adult’s amusement at the self-deception of a child.
Some crudely childish form of self-deception had made them choose to give to this occasion the decorous setting of a formal dinner.
You must take their side, as fully, consistently and loudly as your capacity for deception will permit.
With an awed contempt-awed by the enormity of the sight-she wondered what inner degradation those men had to reach in order to arrive at a level of self-deception where they would seek the extorted approval of an unwilling victim as the moral sanction they needed, they who thought that they were merely deceiving the world.
Reason is the enemy he dreads and, simultaneously, considers precarious; reason, to him, is a means of deception; he feels that men possess some power more potent than reason-and only their causeless belief or their forced obedience can give him a sense of security, a proof that he has gained control of the mystic endowment he lacked.
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However, like all dangerous deceptions, the lies that clappers tell themselves wear seductive disguises.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
Not to know after all these years that deception can hide in plain sight?