All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.
~ Robert Southey (August 12, 1774 - March 21, 1843)
When people say they do not care what others think of them, for the most part they deceive themselves. Generally they mean only that they will do as they choose, in the confidence that no one will know their vagaries; and at the utmost only that they are willing to act contrary to the opinion of the majorities because they are supported by the approval of their neighbors. It’s not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set.
~ William Somerset Maugham (January 25, 1874 - December 16, 1965)
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
~ Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 - January 29, 1956)