We have no use for illusions and self-deceptions on the way to our indispensable victory.
Life was no jest and no holiday, it was no place for shams and self-deceptions.
Now, I am curious to hear what injury I was inflicting on that old woman at No. 12 by any self-deceptions of mine?
Little Camilles are apt to be hot-headed and fanciful; they are subject to self-deceptions regarding their sentiments.
The self-deceptions of wealth, power, and prominence wear thin.
But Cochrane saw his own self-deceptions with a savage clarity even as he tried to keep them.
The latter case begets all sorts of hypocrisies and self-deceptions.