Lies Quotes

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You can't pray a lie.

prayer

A multitude of words cloaks a lie.
— African proverb

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The perjurer's mother told white lies.

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One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.
— African proverb

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The lie that flatters I abhor the most.

flattery

Men hate those to whom they have to lie.

human nature

We always weaken whatever we exaggerate.

exaggeration

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.

lying self-deception

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.

truth

Of lies, false modesty is the most decent.

modesty

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

speak your mind

Bitter truth is better than sweet falsehood.
— African proverb

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Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.

deceit

Sometimes a lie is heavenly, and truth infernal.
She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.

white lies

The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie.

ideal

The lie is the basic building block of good manners.

manners

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.

falsehood

When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.

funny

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

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White lies always introduce others of a darker complexion.

white lies

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited.

truth

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.

sin

And, after all, what is a Lie?  'Tis but
The truth in masquerade.
In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.

honesty kindness relationships

When you base your life upon a lie,
You carry weights until you die.
Lies, though many, will be caught by the truth as soon as she rises up.
— African proverb

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Truth came to market and could not be sold; we buy lies with ready cash.
— African proverb

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Those that think it permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.

white lies

The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone's comfort.

comfort

Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it is awfully hard to get it back in.
Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.

falsehood

Lies are the mortar that bind the savage individual man into the social masonry.
A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the world with evil.

deceit

A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.

fake news propaganda

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but they usually quarrel among themselves.
A lie is an abomination unto the Lord, and an ever present help in times of trouble.
The principle difference between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
What upsets me is not that you lied to me, but that from now on I can no longer believe you.
Falsehood is often rocked by truth, but she soon outgrows her cradle and discards her nurse.

falsehood

It is often the case that a man who can't tell a lie thinks that he is the best judge of one.
The great masses of the people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one.

the public

One man lies in his words, and gets a bad reputation; another in his manners, and enjoys a good one.
There are lying looks, as well as lying words; dissembling smiles, deceiving signs, and even a lying silence.
That lies should be necessary to life is part and parcel of the terrible and questionable character of existence.
A lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright;
But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight.
I love you and, because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.

love truth

The child is sincere, and the man when he is alone, if he be not a writer, but on the entrance of the second person hypocrisy begins.

hypocrisy

Another instance of unconscious humor was of the Sunday school boy who defined a lie as "An abomination before the Lord and an ever present help in time of trouble."

humor

A lie is a breach of promise; for whoever seriously addresses his discourse to another, tacitly promises to speak the truth, because he knows that the truth is expected.

lying

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 gentleman ushers to black ones.

white lies

The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.

fake news propaganda

What does the truth matter?  Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!

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