Saturday, 30 March 2013

Lies / Lying

A concealed truth, that's all a lie is. Either by omission or commission we never do more than obscure. The truth stays in the undergrowth, waiting to be discovered. - Josephine Hart

A good man will not lie, although it be for his profit. - Cicero

A good memory is needed once we have lied. - Pierre Corneille

A great lie is like a great fish on dry land; it may fret and fling, and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you; you have only to keep still and it will die of itself. - George Crabbe

A lie ... is often the mirror image of the truth; by examining it carefully, you can reconstruct the fact that lie was designed to conceal. - K. J. Parker

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

A lie has no legs, and cannot stand; but it has wings, and can fly far and wide. - Chinese Proverb

A lie is a very short wick in a very small lamp. The oil of reputation is very soon sucked up and gone. And just as soon as a man is known to lie, he is like a two-foot pump in a hundred-foot well. He cannot touch bottom at all. - Henry Ward Beecher

A lie is like a cat: You need to stop it before it gets out the door or it’s really hard to catch. - Charles M. Blow

A lie is like a snow-ball; the longer it is rolled, the larger it is. - Martin Luther

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. - Croft M. Pentz

A lie never lives to be old. - Sophocles

A lie should be trampled on and extinguished wherever found; I am for fumigating the atmosphere when I suspect that falsehood, like pestilence, breathes around me. - T. Carlyle

A lie stands on one leg, truth on two. - Benjamin Franklin

A lie told often enough becomes the truth. - Vladimir Lenin

A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie. - Charles Edward Montague

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

A single lie discovered is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed. - Unknown

A small lie, if it actually is a lie, condemns a man as much as a big and black falsehood. If a man will deliberately cheat to the amount of a single cent, give him opportunity and he would cheat to any amount. - E. H. Chapin

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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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