A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying.
Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
Lies circle the earth while Truth is still trying to put on its shoes.
The truth is everything in the end. It is the greatest power in the world to make all people equal. If everyone knows what the truth is, no one can use lies to separate those people and turn them against one another.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.
We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.
Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.
By a lie, a man... annihilates his dignity as a man.
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
An excuse is a lie guarded.
The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of ungraceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.
A little candor never leaves me. It is what protects me.
The most mischievous liars are those who keep sliding on the verge of truth.
Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. I can work out a good character much faster than anyone can lie me out of it
Christmas Eve I saw a stable, low and very bare, A little child in a manger. The oxen knew Him, had Him in their care, To men He was a stranger, The safety of the world was lying there, And the world's danger.
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.
Half the world knows not how the other half lies.
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