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- Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
- Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
- Sometimes the lies you tell are less frightening than the loneliness you might feel if you stopped telling them.
- Brock Clarke, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, 2007
- Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.
- Clare Booth Luce (1903 - 1987)
- Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945), radio address, October 26, 1939
- The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
- All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
- H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
- Hoaxes are nothing new. News media isn't hard to fool. It's fun to fool and people like to mess with people. It all goes to show you that we're not all that hard to fool. I think we should just accept that and trust people anyway.
- Hank Green, Vlogbrothers, The Top 10 Greatest Hoaxes of All Time, 10-22-09
- It is always the best policy to speak the truth--unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
- Jerome K. Jerome (1859 - 1927)
- Being manipulative is dishonest and immature. We often end up having to make up more lies to cover for inconsistencies in our original manipulation. In addition, it sets a terrible example for our children. While it may solve your initial problem, the tangled web that grows from such dishonesty is more trouble than itís worth.
- Julie A., M.A. Ross and Judy Corcoran, Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex, 2011
- A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
- Lenin (1870 - 1924)
- A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), (attributed)
- 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.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Advice to Youth
- Lies are like children: they're hard work, but it's worth it because the future depends on them.
- Pam Davis, House M.D., It's A Wonderful Lie, 2008
- False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
- Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), Dialogues, Phaedo
- A liar should have a good memory.
- Quintilian, De Institutione Oratoria
- Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
- Lies are like children. If you don't nurture them, they'll never be useful later.
- Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive, 07-26-2012
- Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.
- Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC), The War with Catiline
- Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
- Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)
- The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
- Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)
- Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
- Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832), Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.
- Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
To speak dishonorably is pardonable.
- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Creusa