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.
A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it. The worst lies are those whose blade is false, but whose handle is true.
Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth.
For my part, if a lie may do thee grace, I'll gild it with the happiest terms I have.
Playing the Cretan with the Cretans (i.e. lying to liars).
The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't angry some days. But I really have worked hard to put a lot of the anger and disappointment in the past.
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.
There are lies, damned lies and statistics.
Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.
There's hostility to lying, and there should be.
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.
I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't.
Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies.
Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.
Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.
It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.
A lie is an excuse guarded
I'm not smart enough to lie
He who is not sure of his memory, should not undertake the trade of lying.
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.
Don't lie if you don't have to.
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