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FALSEHOOD
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[ Also see Artifice Calumny Deceit Deception Dishonesty Equivocation Error Fallacy Hypocrisy Lying Pretension Quackery Slander Sophistry ]

Where fraud and falsehood invade society, the band presently breaks.
      - Bishop Robert South

Every breach of veracity indicates some latent vice or some criminal intention, which the individual is ashamed to avow.
      - Mrs. Dugald Stewart

Although the Devil be the father of lies, he seems, like other great inventors, to have lost much of his reputation by the continual improvements that have been made upon him.
      - Jonathan Swift

Let a man be ne'er so wise, he may be caught with sober lies.
      - Jonathan Swift

Falsehood avails itself of haste and uncertainty.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Whatever convenience may be thought to be in falsehood and dissimulation, it is soon over; but the inconvenience of it is perpetual, because it brings a man under everlasting jealousy and suspicion, so that he is not believed when he speaks the truth, nor trusted when perhaps he means honestly.
      - John Tillotson

When a man has once forfeited the reputation of his integrity, he is set fast, and nothing will then serve his turn, neither truth nor falsehood.
      - John Tillotson

What wit so sharp is found in age or youth,
  That can distinguish truth from treachery?
    Falsehood puts on the face of simple truth,
      And masks i' th' habit of plain honesty,
        When she in heart intends most villany.
      - Unknown, Mirror for Magistrates

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.
      - Daniel Webster

Falsehood is difficult to be maintained. When the materials of a building are solid blocks of stone, very rude architecture will suffice; but a structure of rotten materials needs the most careful adjustment to make it stand at all.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Falsehood, like poison, will generally be rejected when administered alone; but when blended with wholesome ingredients may be swallowed unperceived.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Falsehood, like the dry-rot, flourishes the more in proportion as air and light are excluded.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Falsehoods which we spurn today, were the truths of long ago.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier


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