Why do decent men deceive?

Why do decent men deceive?
Martin Landau plays Judah in Woody Allen’s film
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

"Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone but only his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. The more decent he is, the greater number of such things in his mind."

Notes from the Underground, 1864, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

From Roger Ebert’s review of the film Crimes and Misdemeanors, about Martin Landau’s character:

"He’s an eye doctor with a thriving practice, he lives in a modern home on three acres in Connecticut, he has a loving wife and nice kids and lots of friends, and then he has a mistress who is going crazy and threatening to start making phone calls and destroy everything. This will not do. He has built up a comfortable and well-regulated life over the years and is respected in the community. He can’t let some crazy woman bring a scandal crashing around his head."

Roger Ebert’s review>>
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