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.
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?
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.
Shew me a lyer, and I'le shew thee a theefe.
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.
A degree of lying - you know, white lies - seems to be inherent in all languages and all forms of communication.
The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
Liars are always most disposed to swear.
A liar is always lavish of oaths.
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
When lying, be emphatic and indignant, thus behaving like your children.
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
It is not without good reason, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.
We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.
Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.
A lie never lives to be old.
Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it.
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