Category Archives: MANIPULATION

It is as easy unwittingly to deceive oneself as to deceive others.

“Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs: Authors, 931; Subjects, 1391 …” Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don’t insult them. Japanese fo…

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Dull, soulless eyes and coarse lips curled in a mountebank’s grimace! J.H. Greene.


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The Tatler. No. 97. 

I remember when our whole island was 
shaken with an earthquake some years ago, 
fchere was an impudent mountebank who 
sold pills, which, as he told the country 
people, were very good against an earth 

Just a puppet on a lonely string. Oh who would ever want to be king? Coldplay


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“Mom,” said Peter, “nobody thinks you’re a lackwit, if that’s what you’re worried about.”

Lackwit? In what musty drawer of some dead English professor’s dust-covered desk did you find that word? I assure you that never in my worst nightmares did I ever suppose that I was a lackwit.”

― Orson Scott Card, Shadow Puppets

When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life

– Antisthenes.

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“Lies are a little fortress; inside them you can feel safe and powerful. Through your little fortress of lies you try to run your life and manipulate others. But the fortress needs walls, so you build some. These are the justifications for your lies. You know, like you are doing this to protect someone you love, to keep them from feeling pain. Whatever works, just so you feel okay about the lies.”

― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity