Friedrich Nietzsche quote about lies from The Antichrist - The most common sort of lie is that by which a man deceives himself: the deception of others is a relatively rare offence.
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The most common sort of lie is that by which a man deceives himself: the deception of others is a relatively rare offence.
 Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist (1895). copy citation

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Author Friedrich Nietzsche
Source The Antichrist
Topic lies self deception
Date 1895
Language English
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Note Translated by Henry Louis Mencken
Weblink https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Antichrist

Context

“What if falsehood be also one of these embryonic forms of conviction?—Sometimes all that is needed is a change in persons: what was a lie in the father becomes a conviction in the son.—I call it lying to refuse to see what one sees, or to refuse to see it as it is: whether the lie be uttered before witnesses or not before witnesses is of no consequence. The most common sort of lie is that by which a man deceives himself: the deception of others is a relatively rare offence.—Now, this will not to see what one sees, this will not to see it as it is, is almost the first requisite for all who belong to a party of whatever sort: the party man becomes inevitably a liar. For example, the German historians are convinced that Rome was synonymous with despotism and that the Germanic peoples brought the spirit of liberty into the world: what is the difference between this conviction and a lie?” source

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