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Quotes About Lies

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Mark Twain
“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain

Friedrich Nietzsche
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

George Carlin
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”
George Carlin

S.E. Hinton
“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”
S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Sarah Dessen
“So you're always honest," I said.
"Aren't you?"
"No," I told him. "I'm not."
"Well, that's good to know, I guess."
"I'm not saying I'm a liar," I told him. He raised his eyebrows. "That's not how I meant it, anyways."
"How'd you mean it, then?"
"I just...I don't always say what I feel."
"Why not?"
"Because the truth sometimes hurts," I said.
"Yeah," he said. "So do lies, though.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

Benjamin Disraeli
“There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.”
Benjamin Disraeli

Leo Tolstoy
“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

Virginia Woolf
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
Virginia Woolf

William Blake
“A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

George Washington
“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”
George Washington

Criss Jami
“Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”
Criss Jami

Veronica Roth
“Lies require commitment.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent
tags: lies

Ally Carter
“It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent her life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth.”
Ally Carter, Heist Society

Adolf Hitler
“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
Adolf Hitler
tags: lies

Terry Pratchett
“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Cassandra Clare
“Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

Leo Tolstoy
“Anything is better than lies and deceit!”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Alice Sebold
“Nothing is ever certain.”
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Barbara Bush
“Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.”
Barbara Bush

Oliver Goldsmith
“Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies.”
Oliver Goldsmith

Neil Gaiman
“Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Vladimir Nabokov
“Don't cry, I'm sorry to have deceived you so much, but that's how life is.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Sue Monk Kidd
“Knowing can be a curse on a person's life. I'd traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn't know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can't ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees:

Scott Westerfeld
“I guess sometimes you have to lie to find the truth.”
Scott Westerfeld, Extras

Half of writing history is hiding the truth.
“Half of writing history is hiding the truth.”
Mutant Enemy/Joss Whedon

Tim O'Brien
“A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.”
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

Friedrich Nietzsche
“The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

José N. Harris
“There is beauty in truth, even if it's painful. Those who lie, twist life so that it looks tasty to the lazy, brilliant to the ignorant, and powerful to the weak. But lies only strengthen our defects. They don't teach anything, help anything, fix anything or cure anything. Nor do they develop one's character, one's mind, one's heart or one's soul.”
José N. Harris

Adrienne Rich
“Lying is done with words, and also with silence.”
Adrienne Rich, Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying

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