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The Best Quotes About Lies And Lying

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A list of the best lies and lying quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous lies and lying quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic lies and lying quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational lies and lying quotes from that same writer.

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    He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.

    Friedrich Nietzsche
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    To the rulers of the state then, if to any, it belongs of right to use falsehood, to deceive either enemies or their own citizens, for the good of the state: and no one else may meddle with this privilege.

    Plato
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    I am a lie who always speaks the truth.

    Jean Cocteau
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    A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.

    Finley Peter Dunne
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    A fellow who says he has never told a lie has just told one.

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    You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

    James Thurber
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    No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.

    Friedrich Nietzsche
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    Burning lies led to my silent cries Keeping it inside I've got everything to hide. lustful desire, a burning fire You are the flame, You are to blame. Beautiful light deliver me from fright dreams full of lust. Or is the dream dreaming us? PHYSICAL PAIN don't call me insane. I don't want to be dead but all beautiful colors bleed to red

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    We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.

    Eric Hoffer
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    One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.

    Friedrich Nietzsche
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    By a lie, a man...annihilates his dignity as a man.

    Immanuel Kant
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    No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

    Abraham Lincoln
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    Truth will lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none.

    Robert South
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    Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.

    George Steiner
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    Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Lying and stealing are next door neighbors.

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    Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.

    Epictetus
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    I do myself a greater injury in lying that I do him of whom I tell a lie.

    Michel de Montaigne
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    Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, lessens the friction of social contacts. It is only in lies, wholeheartedly and bravely told, that human nature attains through words and speech the forbearance, the nobility, the romance, the idealism, that -- being what it is -- it falls so short of in fact and in deed.

    Clare Boothe Luce
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    With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.

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    The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.

    George Bernard Shaw