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deception
used in Atlas Shrugged

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Definition
the act of lying to or misleading someone; or something that misleads
  • Well, this is all that's left of us-and I want no self-deception about it.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (4% in)
  • The headlight still hung behind them, like the liquid silver globe of a planet, deceptively close, but belonging to another orbit and another system.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (59% in)
  • 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.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (3% in)
  • The sun had not yet vanished beyond the mountains, but the sky was an even, deep, deceptively clear blue that blended with the blue of invisible clouds into a single spread, hiding the sun; only the edges of the clouds were outlined by a thin thread of flame, and it looked like a glowing, twisted net of neon tubing, she thought .... like a chart of winding rivers .... like .... like the map of a railroad traced in white fire on the sky.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (82% in)
  • 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.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (63% in)
  • Some crudely childish form of self-deception had made them choose to give to this occasion the decorous setting of a formal dinner.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (67% in)
  • 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.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (65% in)
  • You must take their side, as fully, consistently and loudly as your capacity for deception will permit.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (38% in)

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