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used in Atlas Shrugged

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to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
  • A mystic is driven by the urge to impress, to cheat, to flatter, to deceive, to force that omnipotent consciousness of others.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (64% in)
  • If we want to accomplish anything, we have to deceive them into letting us accomplish it.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (52% 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)
  • And if any of you have been deceived by vicious rumors aimed to undermine your faith in the great social program of our leadersyou may trust the word of Miss Taggart, who-
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (72% in)
  • she had heard about, she thought .... somebody's dog in somebody's laboratory .... the dog who got his signals switched on him, and saw no way to tell satisfaction from torture, saw food changed to beatings and beatings to food, saw his eyes and ears deceiving him and his judgment futile and his consciousness impotent in a shifting, swimming, shapeless world-and gave up, refusing to eat at that price or to live in a world of that kind...... No! was the only conscious word in her brain-no!
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (98% in)
  • Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud-that an attempt to gain a value by deceiving the mind of others is an act of raising your victims to a position higher than reality, where you become a pawn of their blindness, a slave of their non-thinking and their evasions, while their intelligence, their rationality, their perceptiveness become the enemies you have to dread and...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (26% in)
  • ...moment, that his senses do not provide him with automatic knowledge in separate snatches independent of context, but only with the material of knowledge, which his mind must learn to integrate-the day when he grasps that his senses cannot deceive him, that physical objects cannot act without causes, that his organs of perception are physical and have no volition, no power to invent or to distort, that the evidence they give him is an absolute, but his mind must learn to understand...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (58% in)
  • But this-she thought with a shudder-was the state in which they lived, all those people whom she had never understood, this was the state they desired, this rubber reality, this task of pretending, distorting, deceiving, with the credulous stare of some Mr. Thompson's panic-bleary eyes as one's only purpose and reward.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (70% in)

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