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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 ]

Who dares think one thing, and another tell,
  My heart detests him as the gates of hell.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. IX, l. 412), (Pope's translation)

Urge him with truth to frame his fair replies;
  And sure he will; for wisdom never lies.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. III, l. 25), (Pope's translation)

For my part getting up seems not so easy
  By half as lying.
      - Thomas Hood, Morning Meditations

Splendidly mendacious.
  [Lat., Splendide mendax.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 11, 35)

Round numbers are always false.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Johnsoniana--Apothegms, Sentiment, etc.,
        From Hawkin's Collective Addition

A lie is the abandonment and, as it were, the annihilation of the dignity by man.
      - Immanuel Kant

By a lie a man throws away and, as it were, annihilates his dignity as a man.
      - Immanuel Kant

False in one thing, false in everything.
  [Lat., Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.]
      - Legal Maxim

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
      - Abraham Lincoln

All lies disgrace a gentleman, white or black, although I grant there is a difference. To say the least of it, it is a dangerous habit, for white lies are but the gentlemen ushers to black ones. I know of but one point on which a lie is excusable, and that it when you wish to deceive the enemy. Then, your duty to your country warrants your lying till you are black in the face; and, for the very reason that it goes against your grain, it becomes, as it were, a sort of virtue.
      - Captain Frederick Marryat

The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

For no falsehood can endure
  Touch of celestial temper.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 811)

After a tongue has once got the knack of lying, it is not to be imagined how impossible almost it is to reclaim it. Whence it comes to pass, that we see some men, who are otherwise very honest, so subject to this vice.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

He who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Lying is a disgraceful vice, and one that Plutarch paints in most disgraceful colors, when he says that it is "affording testimony that one first despises God, and then fears men." It is not possible more happily to describe its horrible, disgusting, and abandoned nature; for can we imagine anything more vile than to be cowards with regard to men, and brave with regard to God.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Who is not sure of his memory should not attempt lying.
  [Fr., Qui ne sent point assez ferme de memoire, ne se doit pas meler d'etre menteur.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Of Liars
         (bk. I, ch. IX)

People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.
      - Malcolm Muggeridge

He who cannot lie does not know what the truth is.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

White lies always introduce others of a darker complexion.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

There are people who lie simply for the sake of lying.
      - Blaise Pascal

When thou art obliged to speak, be sure to speak the truth; for equivocation is half-way to lying, and lying is the whole way to hell.
      - William Penn

By Hercules! I have often heard that your piping-hot lie is the best of lies: what the gods dictate, that is right.
  [Lat., Hercle audivi esse optimum mendacium.
    Quicquid dei dicunt, id rectum est dicere.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Mostellaria (III, 1, 134)

Playing the Cretan with the Cretans (i.e. lying to liars).
      - Plutarch,
        quoting Greek proverb used by Paulus Aemilius

Some lie beneath the churchyard stone,
  And some before the Speaker.
      - Winthrop Mackworth Praed,
        School and School Fellows


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