Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
It is a self-deception of philosophers and moralists to imagine that they escape decadence by opposing it. That is beyond their will; and, however little they acknowledge it, one later discovers that they were among the most powerful promoters of decadence.
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
Stop lying to yourself. When we deny our own truth, we deny our own potential.
What further helps to reveal reality is when our personal thinking ceases to take reality for granted.
People hide truths about themselves from themselves. Such self-deception is a coping mechanism, and to one extent or another, most people begin deceiving themselves when they're children.
People love answers, but only as long as they are the ones who came up with them.
The truth about lies is that first, it's to fool others and later it's to fool yourself.
I believe in my mask-- The man I made up is me I believe in my dance-- And my destiny
America's state religion, is patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that 'treason' is morally worse than murder or rape.
While facts do kill ignorance, ignoring facts does not kill them.
Ignorance leads to leaving in self-deception.
Self-deception is a constant problem as we progress along a spiritual path. Ego is always trying to achieve spirituality. It is rather like wanting to witness your own funeral.
Does one need to deceive oneself, to understand self-deception! If not, then why do you deceive yourself, by conforming to the social labels, be it a religious label, a non-religious label, a nationalist label, an intellectual label, or a gender label.
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency -- the belief that the here and now is all there is.
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.