Lying Quotes

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Haruki Murakami
“Women are all born with a special, independent organ that allows them to lie. This was Dr. Tokai's personal opinion. It depends on the person, he said about the kind of lies they tell, what situation they tell them in, and how the lies are told. But at a certain point in their lives, all women tell lies, and they lie about important things. They lie about unimportant things, too, but they also don't hesitate to lie about the most important things. And when they do, most women's expressions and voices don't change at all, since it's not them lysing, but this independent organ they're equipped with that's acting on its own. That's why - except for a few special cases - they can still have a clear conscience and never lose sleep over anything they say.”
Haruki Murakami, Men Without Women
tags: lying

Traci Chee
“If you didn't like your own life, you changed it. You ran away. You did something spectacular. you didn't steal someone else's story and pretend it was yours.”
Traci Chee, The Reader

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Above all, avoid lying, especially lying to yourself. Keep watching out for your lies, watch for them every hour, every minute. Also avoid disgust, both for others and yourself: whatever strikes you as disgusting within yourself is cleansed by the mere fact that you notice it.

Avoid fear, too, although fear is really only a consequence of lies. Never be afraid of your petty selfishness when you try to achieve love and don’t be too alarmed if you act badly on occasion.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Truthful hyperbole’ is a contradiction in terms. It’s a way of saying, ‘It’s a lie, but who cares?’ ”
Tony Schwartz

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Just as little as a reader today reads all of the individual words (let alone syllables) on a page—rather he picks about five words at random out of twenty and "guesses" at the meaning that probably belongs to these five words—just as little do we see a tree exactly and completely with reference to leaves, twigs, color, and form; it is so very much easier for us to simply improvise some approximation of a tree. Even in the midst of the strangest experiences we will still do the same: we make up the major part of the experience and can scarcely be forced not to contemplate some event as its "inventors." All this means: basically and from time immemorial we are—accustomed to lying. Or to put it more virtuously and hypocritically, in short, more pleasantly: one is much more of an artist than one knows.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The real promise in too many promises is a promise that I’m going to be disappointed.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Two half truths don't make one truth.”
Joseph Julius Bonkowski Jr., Quote Me the Book of All New Quotes

“Is a lie still a lie
if you say it pretty?”
Fortesa Latifi

W.B. Yeats
“The Coming of Wisdom with Time

Though leaves are many, the root is one,
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.”
W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

“Lying is second nature to him... More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.”
Tony Schwartz

Ivanka Trump
“Don't go out of your way to correct a false assumption if it plays to your advantage.”
Ivanka Trump, Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life

“The case of a patient with dissociative identity disorder follows:

Cindy, a 24-year-old woman, was transferred to the psychiatry service to facilitate community placement. Over the years, she had received many different diagnoses, including schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder. Dissociative identity disorder was her current diagnosis.

Cindy had been well until 3 years before admission, when she developed depression, "voices," multiple somatic complaints, periods of amnesia, and wrist cutting. Her family and friends considered her a pathological liar because she would do or say things that she would later deny. Chronic depression and recurrent suicidal behavior led to frequent hospitalizations. Cindy had trials of antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytics, all without benefit. Her condition continued to worsen.

Cindy was a petite, neatly groomed woman who cooperated well with the treatment team. She reported having nine distinct alters that ranged in age from 2 to 48 years; two were masculine. Cindy’s main concern was her inability to control the switches among her alters, which made her feel out of control. She reported having been sexually abused by her father as a child and described visual hallucinations of him threatening her with a knife. We were unable to confirm the history of sexual abuse but thought it likely, based on what we knew of her chaotic early home life.

Nursing staff observed several episodes in which Cindy switched to a troublesome alter. Her voice would change in inflection and tone, becoming childlike as ]oy, an 8-year-old alter, took control. Arrangements were made for individual psychotherapy and Cindy was discharged.

At a follow-up 3 years later, Cindy still had many alters but was functioning better, had fewer switches, and lived independently. She continued to see a therapist weekly and hoped to one day integrate her many alters.”
Donald W. Black, Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry

“I'll tell you something that was unusual, though. When most people are caught lying to the police, they cave in pretty quickly. Emma's response was to tell another lie. It might have been planted in her head by her brief, but even so that's not a common reaction.”
J.P. Delaney, The Girl Before

Andy Miller
“Did I really read every single book in the school? My mother maintains I did. Maybe I just told the teachers I had and they all believed me. Maybe this is where the lying about books really began. Where were the checks and balances? I blame the authorities.”
Andy Miller, The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life

Shannon A. Thompson
“Sometimes, lies were the same things as wishes. Sometimes, wishes were things to hate.”
Shannon A. Thompson, July Lightning

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If truth is relative, then it’s cousin is anarchy.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“My ability to make up lies on the spot chills me as much as it saves me.”
Olivia Sudjic, Sympathy

Bryan Stevenson
“[N]o lie can live forever...”
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
tags: lies, lying

Lionel Shriver
“Still, through a complex combination of optimism and longing and bravado, you would round it up. While a cruder name for this process is lying , one could make a case that delusion is a variant of generosity. After all, you practiced rounding up on Kevin from the day he was born.

Me, I’m a stickler. I prefer my photographs in focus. At the risk of tautology, I like people only as much as I like them. I lead an emotional life of such arithmetic precision, carried to two or three digits after the decimal, that I am even willing to allow for degrees of agreeableness in my own son. In other words, Franklin: I leave the $17.”
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Thomas Pynchon
“They have lied to us. They can't keep us from dying, so They lie to us about death. A cooperative structure of lies. What have they ever given us in return for the trust, the love--They actually say 'love'--we're supposed to owe Them? Can They keep us from even catching cold? from lice, from being alone? from anything? Before the Rocket we went on believing, because we wanted to. But the Rocket can penetrate, from the sky, at any given point. Nowhere is safe. We can't believe Them any more. Not if we are still sane, and love the truth.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Hayley Solich
“The practice of deception is foolishness because the truth always eventually surfaces.”
Hayley Solich

Thomas Henry Huxley
“The foundation of morality to have done, once and for all, with lying.”
Thomas H. Huxley

Saim .A. Cheeda
“If it is worth the pain. If it is worth the anguish. Then leave me lying in agony.”
Saim .A. Cheeda

“A survey was done on people who LIE, but the results were unreLIEable”
Joseph Julius Bonkowski Jr., Quote Me the Book of All New Quotes

Saul Bellow
“Strict and literal truthfulness was a trivial game and might even be a disagreeable neurotic affliction.”
Saul Bellow, Herzog

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If you can get others to believe that your random guesses are actual answers, they’ll never guess that you never understood the question in the first place.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Autumn Doughton
“Maybe the problem with lying is that once you start faking it, it's impossible to tell where the make-believe you ends and the real you begins. It's hard to be who you are, but it's even harder to keep up the lie.”
Autumn Doughton, Chasing Polaris