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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veronica Roth
“Lies require commitment.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent

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

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

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

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
“When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.”
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

André Malraux
“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”
André Malraux

Walter Scott
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.”
Walter Scott, Marmion

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

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

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

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

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

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 fibs.”
Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer

Ray Bradbury
“Why aren't you in school? I see you every day wandering around."
"Oh, they don't miss me," she said. "I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this." She rattled some chestnuts that had fallen off the tree in the front yard. "Or talking about how strange the world is. Being with people is nice. But I don't think it's social to get a bunch of people together and then not let them talk, do you? An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don't; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of film-teacher. That's not social to me at all. It's a lot of funnels and lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us it's wine when it's not. They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can't do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball. Or go out in the cars and race on the streets, trying to see how close you can get to lampposts, playing 'chicken' and 'knock hubcaps.' I guess I'm everything they say I am, all right. I haven't any friends. That's supposed to prove I'm abnormal. But everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another. Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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