Tricksters, or the Bullshit Artist

“Salesmen, neat, deadly, small intent eyes looking for weakness.” – Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck

“What freedom men and women could have, were they not constantly tricked and enslaved by their sexuality!” – Steinbeck 

“Fella in business got to lie an’ cheat, but he calls it somepin else…You go steal that tire an’ your a thief, but he tried to steal your four dollars for a busted tire. They call that sound business.” – Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck

“…they got to live before they can afford to die.” – ex. Rev. Casy, The Grapes of Wrath

“I think the difference between a lie and a story is that a story utilizes the trappings and appearance of truth for the interest of the listener as well as the teller. A story has in it neither gain nor loss. But a lie is a device for profit or escape. I suppose that if the definition is strictly adhered to, than a writer of stories is a liar, if he is financially fortunate….Most liars are tripped up either because they forgot what they have told or because the lie is faced with an incontrovertible truth.” – East of Eden, Steinbeck

“Speak softly and carry a big stick [and] you will go far.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Now is my way clear, now is the meaning plain: Temptation shall not come in this kind again.The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.” – T.S. Eliot

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” – Mark Twain

“Alright, then, I’ll go to hell.” – Huck Finn on not telling Watson where Jim Is 

“You can’t pray a lie-that’s what I found out.” – Huck Finn

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