Saturday, 30 March 2013

Lies / Lying


A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. - Mark Twain

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous. - Alfred Adler

A single lie can make all your truths questionable. - Unknown

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well. - Samuel Butler

He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time till at length it becomes habitual. - Thomas Jeffeson

He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one. - Alexander Pope

If one cannot invent a really convincing lie, it is often better to stick to the truth. - Angela Thirkell

If you lie too often and get away with it, you will trap yourself in a world of self-deception. - Unknown

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country. - Alfred Adler

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts. - Claire Booth Luce 

Lying is the most simple form of self-defence. - Susan Sontag

Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. - Lyman Beecher

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive! - Sir Walter Scott

People will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one. - Adolf Hitler

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie. – Aeschylus

There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it. - William James

Truly, to tell lies is not honourable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonourably is pardonable. - Sophocles 

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. - Anatole France

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