Quotations The Best Quotes About Lies And Lying  

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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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Truth will lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none. Robert South

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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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There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. Eric Hoffer

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In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

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Never forget that a half truth is a whole lie.

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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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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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Great talker, great liar.

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I am a lie who always speaks the truth. Jean Cocteau

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This is the punishment of a liar: he is not believed, even when he speaks the truth.

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

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No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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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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Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true. Marcel Proust

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I detest the man who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another. Homer

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It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest. Norman Douglas

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The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it. Minna Antrim

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No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Lying and stealing are next door neighbors.

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A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught. Mark Twain

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Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life. George Steiner

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Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit. Marcel Proust

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Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers, life would become a mere syllogism and hence too metallic to be borne. H. L. Mencken

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Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance. Francis Bacon

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When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies.

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If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth. Logan Pearsall Smith

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Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth. Phaedrus

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It is my belief... that the truth is generally preferable to lies. J. K. Rowling

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When lying, be emphatic and indignant, thus behaving like your children. William Feather

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Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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A liar is full of oaths. Pierre Corneille

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I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won t. Mark Twain

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No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds. John Ruskin

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And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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He entered the territory of lies without a passport for return. Graham Greene

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Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't.

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As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognize the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection. Oscar Wilde

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Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other. Tennessee Williams

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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. Helen Rowland