Cheating is defined as an act of deception, fraud, trickery, imposture, or imposition. Cheating characteristically is employed to create an unfair advantage, usually in one's own interest, and often at the expense of others. Cheating implies the breaking of rules.
- No treaty is ever an impediment to a cheat.
- Sophocles, Fragments, l (671)
- I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break.
- Herodotus, The Histories, 1.153.1
- Doubtless the pleasure is as great
Of being cheated as to cheat.
- Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part II, canto iii, line i (1664)
- L'intention de ne jamais tromper nous expose à être souvent trompés.
- Translation: The intention of cheating no one lays us open to being cheated ourselves.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 118 (1665-1678)
- When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat;
Yet, fooled with hope, men favor the deceit;
Trust on, and think tomorrow will repay.
Tomorrow's falser than the former day.
None would live past years again,
Yet all hope pleasure in what yet remain;
And from the dregs of life think to receive
What the first sprightly running could not give.
- John Dryden, Aureng-Zebe (1676), Act IV, scene i.
- Every man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his marketcare into a chariot of the sun. What a day dawns, when we have taken to heart the doctrine of faith!
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Worship,” The Conduct of Life (1860)
- One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory.
- Franz Kafka, The Third Notebook (December 8, 1917)
- The only way to win is cheat.
- Mike Altman, Suicide is Painless, theme from M*A*S*H