It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.
When a liar became too skilled at deception, he could lose the ability to discern truth, and could himself be more easily deceived.
Half the truth is often a great lie.
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
I will say that the idea of a woman being deceptive came from that original discussion with critics and reporters about if woman could do that kind of thing. Evelyn, herself, grew out of the discussions about how capable women are of deceit and lying and manipulation.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
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.
The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.
A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
Lies circle the earth while Truth is still trying to put on its shoes.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his teeth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.
Above all, don't lie to yourself.
Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.
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?
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
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.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.
Truth travels slowly and gets weaker as it goes. Suitable lies are strong and run faster.
A lie cannot live.
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