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Lots of People on Lies, Liars and the Truth

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 07:04

 

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know for a fact that you would lie if you were in his place. H.L. Mencken

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

Who lies for you will lie against you.  Bosnian Proverb

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.  Thomas Carlyle

A half truth is a whole lie.  Yiddish Proverb

A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.  Charles Edward Montague

Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.  Austin O'Malley

A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.  William Blake

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.  Aristotle

The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Dare to be true:  nothing can need a lie:  A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.  George Herbert

With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back.  Russian proverb

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.  Josh Billings

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.  Edgar J. Mohn

When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.  Bill Copeland

Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it.  Mark Twain

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.  Unknown

I never lie because I don't fear anyone.  You only lie when you're afraid.  John Gotti

Truth fears no questions.  Unknown

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously.  Thomas Sowell

I don't mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.  Samuel Butler

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.  Winston Churchill

If you want to ruin the truth, stretch it.  Unknown

The truth is more important than the facts.  Frank Lloyd Wright

Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited.  James Cardinal Gibbons

Respect for the truth is an acquired taste.  Mark Van Doren

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.  Mark Twain

Always telling the truth is no doubt better than always lying, although equally pathological.  Robert Brault

People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.  Richard J. Needham

There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.  Arthur Dobrin

Beware of the half truth.  You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.  Unknown

When truth is divided, errors multiply.  Eli Siegel

Honesty pays, but it don't seem to pay enough to suit some people.  Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.  Slovenian Proverb

Always tell the truth.  Even if you have to make it up.  Unknown

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.  Adlai Stevenson

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.  Robert Brault

The truth needs so little rehearsal.  Barbara Kingsolver

Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.  Lin Yutang

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.  Saki

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.  Mark Twain

Someday a computer will give a wrong answer to spare someone's feelings, and man will have invented artificial intelligence.  Robert Brault

It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.  Jerome K. Jerome

It takes two to lie.  One to lie and one to listen.  Homer Simpson

 

To quote Robert A. Heinlein over and over and over and .....

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 06:41

 

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

Don't ever become a pessimist... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes.

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Never insult anyone by accident.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do.

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.

One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

One man's "magic" is another man's engineering.

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.

Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.

They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.

To be matter-of-fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy - and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.

When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere.

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to this idea.

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.

 

To quote The Roanman along with just a whole raft of other people about Astrology

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 08:37

 

I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.  Arthur C. Clarke
 
Who needs astrology?  The wise man gets by on fortune cookies.  Edward Abbey
 
We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born.  Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.  Carl Gustav Jung
 
A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament.  Jeremy Taylor
 
About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities.  They are communism at its best.  Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
 
All anyone can see in a birthchart are tendencies that will become facts if he does not do something to alter them.  Isabel Hickey
 
We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac.  The zodiac is well worth flirting with.  D.H. Lawrence
 
The signs of the zodiac are karmic patterns; the planets are the looms; the will is the weaver.  Author Unknown
 
There is no better boat than a horoscope to help a man cross over the sea of life.  Varaha Mihira
 
I don't believe in astrology. The only stars I can blame for my failures are those that walk about the stage.  Noel Coward
 
Figure-flingers and star-gazers pretend to foretell the fortunes of kingdoms, and have no foresight in what concerns themselves.  Roger L'Estrange
 
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy:  the mad daughter of a wise mother.  Voltaire
 
Astrology? ............. Why not?   The Roanman
 
This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeits of our own behaviour) we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars: as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treacherous by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on.  An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star!  William Shakespeare
 
Everything that is hard to attain is easily assailed by the generality of men.   Claudius Ptolemy
 
Astrology is a language.  If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.  Dane Rudhyar
 
The vast majority, who believe in astrology and think that the planets have nothing better to do than form a code that will tell them whether tomorrow is a good day to close a business deal or not, become all the more excited and enthusiastic about the bilge when a group of astronomers denounces it.   Isaac Asimov
 
The stars which shone over Babylon and the stable in Bethlehem still shine as brightly over the Empire State Building and your front yard today....  Linda Goodman
 
Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Responsibility, n.  A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor.  In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.  Ambrose Bierce
 
The puzzling thing is that there is really a curious coincidence between astrological and psychological facts, so that one can isolate time from the characteristics of an individual, and also, one can deduce characteristics from a certain time....  Carl Jung
 
Do not Christians and Heathens, Jews and Gentiles, poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences?  Walter Scott
 
If the people were a little more ignorant, astrology would flourish...  Robert G. Ingersoll
 
The controls of life are structured as forms and nuclear arrangements, in a relation with the motions of the universe.  Louis Pasteur
 
Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.  Hippocrates
 
If one were to bring ten of the wisest men in the world together and ask them what was the most stupid thing in existence, they would not be able to discover anything so stupid as astrology.   David Hilbert

Whether the ice caps melt, or expand - whatever happens - the anthropogenic global warming theorists claim it confirms their theory.  A perfect example of a pseudo-science like astrology.   Frank Tipler

Courteous Reader, Astrology is one of the most ancient Sciences, held in high esteem of old, by the Wise and the Great. Formerly, no Prince would make War or Peace, nor any General fight in Battle, in short, no important affair was undertaken without first consulting an Astrologer.   Benjamin Franklin
 
It is clearly evident that most events of a widespread nature draw their causes from the enveloping heavens.  Claudius Ptolemy
 
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.  John Kenneth Galbraith
 
Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.  John Pierpont Morgan
 

 

To quote Eric Hoffer over and over and over and .....

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 08:33

 

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.

Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.

Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable.

We feel free when we escape—even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.” 

Irrationality often manifests itself in upholding the word against the evidence of the eyes. 

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” 

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.” 

It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations -- past and present -- are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia.

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.

The greatest weariness comes from work not done.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

 

To quote Martin Niemöller

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 17:42

 

 

When the Nazis came for the communists, 
I did not speak out; 
As I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats, 
I did not speak out; 
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists, 
I did not speak out;
 As I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews, 
I did not speak out;
 As I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
 there was no one left to speak out.

 

It's starting to feel like it's about time to break this old chestnut back out.

 

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