Quotes About Lying

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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

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

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

Ayn Rand
“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Dorothy Parker
“By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Infinite, undying.
Lady make note of this --
One of you is lying.”
Dorothy Parker

Patti Callahan Henry
“Cheating and lying aren't struggles, they're reasons to break up.”
Patti Callahan Henry, Between the Tides

Jacques Derrida
“To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.”
Jacques Derrida

Cassandra Clare
“Actually," said Jace, "I prefer to think that I'm a liar in a way that's uniquely my own.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

J.D. Salinger
“I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Dorothy Allison
“Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”
Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina

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

Napoléon Bonaparte
“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

Criss Jami
“Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.”
Criss Jami

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

Abraham Lincoln
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation.”
Cheryl Hughes

Ray Bradbury
“But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Patrick Rothfuss
“The best lies about me are the ones I told.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

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

Alfred Tennyson
“A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.”
Alfred Tennyson

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

Abraham Lincoln
“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar”
Abraham Lincoln

Nancy Farmer
“I always say the truth is best even when we find it unpleasant. Any rat in a sewer can lie. It's how rats are. It's what makes them rats. But a human doesn't run and hide in dark places, because he's something more. Lying is the most personal act of cowardice there is.”
Nancy Farmer, The House of the Scorpion

أبو حامد الغزالي - Al-Ghazali
“Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.”
أبو حامد الغزالي - Al-Ghazali

Bruce Lee
“If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.”
Bruce Lee

“When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves-they threaten their own self-esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true.”
Cheryl Hughes

Jeanne Birdsall
“...even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it's used for selfish or cowardly reasons.

- Mr. Penderwick”
Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

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