Lying Quotes

Most popular lying quotes

Better a refusal than deception.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs saying no

Exaggeration is a branch of lying.

exaggeration

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.

lies self-deception

I don't mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs.
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

truth

A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
Politeness is one-half good nature and the other half good lying.

politeness

A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.

diplomacy

Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
There are two ingredients to deceit: a good bit of truth and a few little lies.

deceit

Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie.
A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
What we have to do, what at any rate is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of lying.
By a lie a human being throws away and, as it were, annihilates his dignity as a human being.
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to tell a lie as well.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

human nature

To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a saber; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain.
We tell ourselves that we lie to protect others, but the self usually comes out looking damn good in the process.
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
Nothing gives such a blow to friendship as the detecting another in an untruth. It strikes at the root of our confidence ever after.
People lie because they don't remember clear what they saw.
People lie because they can't help making a story better than it was the way it happened.
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.

lies

There are eight hundred and sixty-nine different forms of lying, but only one of them has been squarely forbidden. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
According to psychologist Robert Feldman, who has spent more than four decades studying the phenomenon, we lie, on average, three times during a routine ten-minute conversation with a stranger or casual acquaintance.
Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others.

self-deception

He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him.  This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.