An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Liars are always ready to take oaths.


Vittorio, Conte Di Alfieri (1749-1803, Italian poet, playwright)


There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.


Minna Antrim (1861-1950, American epigrammist)


It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.


Robert Armstrong (1890–1973, American actor)


Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. I can work out a good character much faster than anyone can lie me out of it


Lyman Beecher (1775-1863, American Presbyterian minister, revivalist)


Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


Please don't lie to me, unless you're absolutely sure I'll never find out the truth™.


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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When the world has got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to kill it. You beat it over the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and behold! the next day it is as healthy as ever.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.


Norman Douglas (1868-1952, British author)


Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true.


Elias Canetti (1905-1994, Austrian novelist, philosopher)


Even among liars there are two classes, one immeasurably better than another. The honest liar is the man who tells the truth about his old lies; who says on Wednesday, "I told a magnificent lie on Monday." He keeps the truth in circulation; no one version of things stagnates in him and becomes an evil secret.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Some of the most frantic lies on the face of life are told with modesty and restraint; for the simple reason that only modesty and restraint will save them.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


I am a lie who always speaks the truth.


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


A liar is full of oaths.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically -- for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist -- but then what isn't?


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.


Aleister Crowley (1875-1947, British occultist)


Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936, American journalist, humorist)


Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


The middle of the road is where the white line is -- and that's the worst place to drive.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


When lying, be emphatic and indignant, thus behaving like your children.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Lying rides upon debt's back.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


If a lie is repeated often enough all the dumb jackasses in the world not only get to believe it, they even swear by it.


Billy Boy Franklin


He that has no fools, knaves, nor beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


He entered the territory of lies without a passport for return.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude. Also, a tactical misrepresentation.


Alexander Haig


We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


I detest the man who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


Men hate those to whom they have to lie.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Some lies are disguised so well to resemble the truth, that we should be poor judges of truth if not to be deceived by them.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


By a lie, a man...annihilates his dignity as a man.


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


There is no disguise which can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


There are times when lying is the most sacred of duties.


Eugene Marin Labiche


A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.


Charles Edward Montague (1867-1928, British author, journalist)


No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, lessens the friction of social contacts. It is only in lies, wholeheartedly and bravely told, that human nature attains through words and speech the forbearance, the nobility, the romance, the idealism, that -- being what it is -- it falls so short of in fact and in deed.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born, little institutional lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.


A. A. Milne (1882-1956, British born American writer)


Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth. Do not follow those who lie in contempt of reality. Let your lie be even more logical than the truth itself, so the weary travelers may find repose.


Ceslaw Milosz


I do myself a greater injury in lying that I do him of whom I tell a lie.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Who does not in some sort live to others, does not live much to himself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


He who does not need to lie is proud of not being a liar.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


People that are very beautiful, very good, and very powerful, rarely ever learn the full truth about anything. In their presence, we involuntarily lie.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The lie is a condition of life.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


If you tell a lie, always rehearse it. If it don't sound good to you, it won't sound good to anybody.


Leroy Satchel Paige (1906-1982, American baseball player)


Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.


Phaedrus (c.1-?, Macedonian inventor and writer)


To the rulers of the state then, if to any, it belongs of right to use falsehood, to deceive either enemies or their own citizens, for the good of the state: and no one else may meddle with this privilege.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


One lie spoils a thousand truths.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Lying and stealing are next door neighbors.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Lying can get you a wife, but it won't keep her.


Cameroon Proverb (Sayings of Cameroonian origin)


If you hear a lot of things, you will hear a lot of lies.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


What "they say" is half lies.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Great talker, great liar.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


A good lie finds more believers than a bad truth.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Lie, but don't overdo it.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Liars need to have good memories.


Algernon Sidney


One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Lies are usually caused by undue fear of men.


Hasidic Saying


A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.


William Shenstone (1714-1763, British poet)


All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.


Paul Simon (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.


Steven Soderbergh


In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-, Russian novelist)


Truth will lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none.


Bishop Robert South (1634-1716, British clergyman)


I would dodge, not lie, in the national interest.


Larry Speakes


I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


There is no lie that a man will not believe; and there is no man who does not believe many lies; and there is no man who believes only lies.


John Sterling (American sports announcer)


The cruelest lies are often told in silence.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his mouth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Pain forces even the innocent to lie.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Don't lie if you don't have to.


Leo Szilard


This is the punishment of a liar: he is not believed, even when he speaks the truth.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


If one cannot invent a really convincing lie, it is often better to stick to the truth.


Angela Thirkell


You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


If you do not wish to be lied to, do not ask questions. If there were no questions, there would be no lies.


B. Traven (890-1969, German novelist)


A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A fellow who says he has never told a lie has just told one.


Author Unknown


Burning lies led to my silent cries Keeping it inside I've got everything to hide. lustful desire, a burning fire You are the flame, You are to blame. Beautiful light deliver me from fright dreams full of lust. Or is the dream dreaming us? PHYSICAL PAIN don't call me insane. I don't want to be dead but all beautiful colors bleed to red


Author Unknown


Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't.


Author Unknown


If you wish to strengthen a lie, mix a little truth in with it.


Author Unknown


It is easier to gather up a bag of loose feathers than to round up or head off a single lie.


Author Unknown


Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.


Author Unknown


They say is often a great liar.


Author Unknown


When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.


Author Unknown


When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies.


Author Unknown


Where lies are easily admitted, the father of lies is not easily kept out. Source unknown A great leader molds public opinion, a wise leader listens to it.


Author Unknown


Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognize the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out and death's the other.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


The more you speak of yourself, the more you are likely to lie.


Johann Georg Zimmermann (1957-, German physicist)


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