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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