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.
The prevarication and white lies which a mind that keeps itself ambitiously pure is as uneasy under as a great artist under the false touches that no eye detects but his own, are worn as lightly as mere trimmings when once the actions have become a lie.
Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie; he has to, to make the lie good for anything.
It is planned speeches that contain lies or dissimulations, not what you blurt out so spontaneously in one instant.
All lies, white or black, disgrace a gentleman, although I grant there is a difference: to say the least of it, it is a dangerous habit, for white lies are but the gentleman ushers to black ones.
One of the things cops learn first is that everyone lies. Some people to hide things, some people just for the hell of it, but everyone lies. Assume that everyone is hiding something, it saves time.
Truth travels slowly and gets weaker as it goes. Suitable lies are strong and run faster.
A good memory is needed once we have lied.
[Fr., Il faut bonne memoire apres qu'on a menti.]
A liar is always lavish of oaths.
[Fr., Un menteur est toujours prodigue de serments.]
I believe in the dull lie - make your story boring enough and no one will question it.
A lie that is half a truth is ever the hardest to fight.
For no falsehood can endure
Touch of celestial temper.
A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.
Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.
The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade.
A liar is full of oaths.
Dying is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down.
The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.
There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
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