Lying Quotes

Best selected lying quotes by some famous people of their times. These quotes about lying & lies will motivate and inspire you and will make you much wiser about the subject.


Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true. Elias Canetti
Please don't lie to me, unless you're absolutely sure I'll never find out the truth. Ashleigh Brilliant
Some lies are so well disguised to resemble truth, that we should be poor judges of the truth not to believe them. Anonymous
Pain forces even the innocent to lie. Publilius Syrus
The middle of the road is where the white line is -- and that's the worst place to drive. Robert Frost
Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world. Epictetus
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception. Friedrich Nietzsche
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
If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name. A. A. Milne
Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering. Steven Soderbergh
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth. Friedrich Nietzsche
What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast. Georges Bernanos
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. William Shenstone
When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies. Anonymous
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
Lying and stealing are next door neighbors. Arabian Proverb
One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life. Henry Miller
Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another. Aleister Crowley
The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe. H. L. Mencken
Never forget that a half truth is a whole lie. Anonymous
A liar is full of oaths. Pierre Corneille
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. George Bernard Shaw
It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation. Hilaire Belloc
A lie can run around the world before the truth can get it's boots on. James Watt
Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable. William Mcilvanney
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
It is easier to gather up a bag of loose feathers than to round up or head off a single lie. Anonymous
Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man. Helen Rowland
Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit. Marcel Proust
If one cannot invent a really convincing lie, it is often better to stick to the truth. Angela Thirkell
A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable. Finley Peter Dunne
No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant. Friedrich Nietzsche
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
Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true. Marcel Proust
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way. Samuel Butler
One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives. Mark Twain
He entered the territory of lies without a passport for return. Graham Greene
A fellow who says he has never told a lie has just told one. Anonymous
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms. Voltaire
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
No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds. John Ruskin
I detest the man who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another. Homer
I would dodge, not lie, in the national interest. Larry Speakes
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. Anonymous
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
In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State. Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Truth will lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none. Bishop Robert South
The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it. Minna Antrim
This is the punishment of a liar: he is not believed, even when he speaks the truth. The Talmud
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. Anatole France
Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth. Phaedrus
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
If you wish to strengthen a lie, mix a little truth in with it. Zohar
When a man lies, he murders some part of the world. Merlin
Great talker, great liar. French Proverb
When lying, be emphatic and indignant, thus behaving like your children. William Feather
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
Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other. Tennessee Williams
A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants. Mark Twain
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln
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
Liars are always ready to take oaths. Vittorio Alfieri
Liars need to have good memories. Algernon Sidney
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
Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable. Evans
The lie is a condition of life. Friedrich Nietzsche
Lying is a terrible vice, it testifies that one despises God, but fears men. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude. Also, a tactical misrepresentation. Alexander Haig
Don't lie if you don't have to. Leo Szilard
''They say'' is often a great liar. Proverb
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. Marcus T. Cicero
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
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well. Samuel Butler
Who does not in some sort live to others, does not live much to himself. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. Graham Greene
If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth. Logan Pearsall Smith
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
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle
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
Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed. I. F. Stone
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
It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth. Robert Armstrong
With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back. Russian Proverb
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
Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie. Ludwig Wittgenstein
I do myself a greater injury in lying that I do him of whom I tell a lie. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
By a lie, a man...annihilates his dignity as a man. Immanuel Kant
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. C. E. Montague
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
A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught. Mark Twain
We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. Eric Hoffer
It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest. Norman Douglas
Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't. Anonymous
All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. Paul Simon
I am a lie who always speaks the truth. Jean Cocteau
And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade. Lord Byron
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Fyodor Dostoevski
Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have. Elizabeth Bowen
You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive. Margaret Thatcher
There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
You can fool too many of the people too much of the time. James Thurber
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance. Francis Bacon
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
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
I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. Samuel Butler
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
I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won t. Mark Twain
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. Anonymous
Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers, life would become a mere syllogism and hence too metallic to be borne. H. L. Mencken
Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life. George Steiner
Lies are usually caused by undue fear of men. Hasidic Saying
Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency. Joseph Addison
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
He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
Lying rides upon debt's back. Benjamin Franklin
Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone. Elizabeth Bowen

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