Most popular lying quotes
Exaggeration is a branch of lying.
A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs.
There are two ingredients to deceit: a good bit of truth and a few little 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.
We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
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.
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.
Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.
I don't mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
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!
Better a refusal than deception.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.
A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to tell a lie as well.
We tell ourselves that we lie to protect others, but the self usually comes out looking damn good in the process.
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.
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.
Nothing gives such a blow to friendship as the detecting another in an untruth. It strikes at the root of our confidence ever after.
Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie. A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.
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.
By a lie a human being throws away and, as it were, annihilates his dignity as a human being.
Politeness is one-half good nature and the other half good lying.
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.
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a saber; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain.
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.
Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.
What we have to do, what at any rate is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of lying.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
People tend to whisper when they say the truth and raise their voice when they lie.
People reveal much more about themselves while lying than when they tell the truth.
The best way to know people is to find out what they lie about.