Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.
If you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory.
Above all, don't lie to yourself.
Liars are always most disposed to swear.
I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.
What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
I'm not smart enough to lie
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying. It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected, sooner or later.
Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.
The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically - for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist - but then what isn t?
In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.
A liar is always lavish of oaths.
I also focus on Bush and his administration - who do a lot of lying - and how a right-wing media has allowed them to get away with a lot of stuff that, in a different media environment, they probably wouldn't be able to get away with.
Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his mouth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Halfe the world knowes not how the other halfe lies.
A half-truth does more mischief than a whole lie.
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