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Lies quotes and quotations

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
Aristotle

Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was homey, appetizing: a habit.
Martha Gellhorn

Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.
Steven Soderbergh

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

Never forget that a half truth is a whole lie.
Author Unknown

A lie can run around the world before the truth can get it's boots on.
James Watt

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

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.
Clare Booth Luce

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.
Sallust

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

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

He who foretells the future lies, even if he tells the truth.
Arabian Proverb

Lies that build are better than truths that destroy.
Senegalese Proverb

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


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

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

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
H. L. Mencken

It is always the best policy to speak the truth--unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
Jerome K. Jerome

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Lenin

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain

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

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

The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
Mark Twain

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
Saki

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott

Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
To speak dishonorably is pardonable.
Sophocles

A mind conscious of innocence laughs at the lies of rumor.
Latin Proverb

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

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Plato

A liar should have a good memory.
Quintilian

Liars need to have good memories.
Algernon Sidney