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LYING
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[ Also see Artifice Calumny Credulity Deceit Dishonesty Equivocation Falsehood Faults Fraud Hypocrisy Liars Lies Malice Mischief Oaths Pretension Scandal Slander Swearing Treachery Treason ]

Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Liars are verbal forgers.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
  [Lat., Ita enim finitima sunt falsa veris ut in praecipitem locum non debeat se sapiens committere.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Academici (IV, 21)

A liar is not believed even though he tell the truth.
  [Lat., Mendaci homini ne verum quidem dicenti credere solemus.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Divinatione (II, 71)

A good memory is needed once we have lied.
  [Fr., Il faut bonne memoire apres qu'on a menti.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur (IV, 5)

A liar is always lavish of oaths.
  [Fr., Un menteur est toujours prodigue de serments.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur (IV, 5)

Some truth there was, but dash'd and brew'd with lies,
  To please the fools, and puzzle all the wise.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

Some so speak in exaggerations and superlatives that we need to make a large discount from their statements before we can come at their real meaning.
      - Tryon Edwards

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

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

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

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

It is not right or manly to lie even about Satan.
      - James Abram Garfield

Sure men were born to lie, and women, to believe them.
      - John Gay

When I err every one can see it, but not when I lie.
  [Ger., Wenn ich irre kann es jeder bemerken; wenn ich luge, nicht.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (vol. II, ch. VIII)

The most mischievous liars are those who keep sliding on the verge of truth.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Lying is the strongest acknowledgement of the force of truth.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Our opinions are not our own, but in the power of sympathy. If a person tells us a palpable falsehood, we not only dare not contradict him, but we dare hardly disbelieve him to his face. A lie boldly uttered has the effect of truth for the instant.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

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

Halfe the world knowes not how the other halfe lies.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Shew me a lyer, and I'le shew thee a theefe.
  [Show me a liar, and I'll show thee a thief.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
      - Adolph Hitler

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits the all.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VI)


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