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The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.
      - Terry Pratchett

It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.
  [Lat., Mendacem memorem esse oportet.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus) IV, 2, 91

That immortal lie.
  [Fr., Ce mensonge immortel.]
      - Pere Gustave Delacroix de Ravignan,
        found in Poujoulat's "Sa Vie, ses Oeuvres"

I'm not smart enough to lie.
      - Ronald Reagan

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
      - Adrienne Rich

Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man.
      - Helen Rowland

Lying, like license, has its degrees.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

He will lie, sir, with such volubility that you would think truth were a fool; drunkenness is his best virtue, for he will be swine-drunk, and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his bedclothes about him; but they know his conditions and lay him in straw.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Parolles at IV, iii)

No wonder,
  When rich ones scarce tell true. To lapse in fulness
    Is sorer than to lie for need, and falsehood
      Is worse in kings than beggars.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Imogen at III, vi)

See you now--
  Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth,
    And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
      With windlasses and with assays of bias,
        By indirections find directions out.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, i)

It is as easy as lying.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

These lies are like their father that begets them--gross as a mountain, open, palpable.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at II, iv)

For my part, if a lie may do thee grace,
  I'll gild it with the happiest terms I have.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at V, iv)

Lord, lord, how this world is given to lying. I grant you I was down, and out of breath, and so was he; but we rose both at an instant and fought a long hour by Shrewsbury clock.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at V, iv)

Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Falstaff at III, ii)

Whose tongue soe'er speaks false,
  Not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Hubert at IV, iii)

An evil soul producing holy witness
  Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
    A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
      O what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Antonio at I, iii)

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
      - George Bernard Shaw

They begin with making falsehood appear like truth, and end with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
      - William Shenstone

Had I a heart for falsehood framed.
  I ne'er could injure you.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Duenna
         (act I, sc. 5)

Liars ought to have good memories.
      - Algernon Sidney (Sydney)

This shows that liars ought to have good memories.
      - Algernon Sidney (Sydney),
        Discourses on Government
         (ch. II, sec. XV)

Be sure no lie can ever reach old age.
      - Sophocles

A lie never lives to be old.
      - Sophocles, Acrisius (frag. 59)

A lie is like a vizard, that may cover the face indeed, but can never become it.
      - Bishop Robert South

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