“It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit”
William Makepeace Thackeray
“One should rather die than be betrayed. There is no deceit in death. It delivers precisely what it has promised. Betrayal, though ... betrayal is the willful slaughter of hope.”
“When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat yet, fool'd by hope, men favour the deceit”
“When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat. Yet, fooled by hope, men favour the deceit; trust on, and think to-morrow will repay: to-morrow's falser than the former day.”
“A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines”
“Self deceit is the best known last hope.”
“Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?”
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