A lie is an excuse guarded
The silent colossal National Lie that is the support and confederate of all the tyrannies and shams and inequalities and unfairnesses that afflict the peoples — that is the one to throw bricks and sermons at.
A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.
Note that venerable proverb: Children and fools always speak the truth. The deduction is plain: adults and wise persons never speak it.
There are 869 different forms of lying, but only one of them has been squarely forbidden. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.
Above all, do not lie to yourself.
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.
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.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Truth is treason in the empire of lies.
Don't lie if you don't have to.
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone's eyes.
Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.
Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
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