Lies and Deception Quotes

If you tell a lie, always rehearse it. If it don’t sound good to you, it won’t sound good to anybody. –Satchel Paige

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt: speech was given to conceal thought. –William Ostler

Frank and explicit–that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others. –Benjamin Disraeli

One should be just as careful about lying as about telling the truth. –Lytton Strachey

Don’t lie if you don’t have to. –Leo Szilard

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

It takes a wise man to handle a lie; a fool had better remain honest. –Norman Douglas

If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth. –Logan Pearsall Smith

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 lie when the truth is more profitable. –Stanislaw Lec

Always tell the truth–it’s the easiest thing to remember. –David Mamet

If at first you don’t succeed, lie, lie again. –Laurence J. Peter

You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive. –Margaret Thatcher

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. –Abraham Lincoln

Actions lie louder than words. –Carolyn Wells

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. –Oscar Wilde

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid. –George Bernard Shaw

There is one way to find out if a man is honest–ask him. If he says yes, you know he is crooked. –Groucho Marx

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. –H. L. Mencken

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

The surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth. –Mark Twain

Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them. –Louis Nizer

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control. –Don Marquis

“The truth told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent” – William Blake

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” – Sir Walter Scott, ‘Marmion’

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truth without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.” -Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr (August 19, 1785)

The foundation of all morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying; to give up pretending to believe that for which there is no evidence, and repeating unintelligible propositions about things beyond the possibilities of knowledge. -Thomas Henry Huxley

People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders ones reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person ones master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that personas view requires to be faked. And if one gains the immediate purpose of the lie–the price one pays is the destruction of that which the gain was intended to serve. The man who lies to the world, is the worlds slave from then on. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth. –Aristotle

One lie must be thatched with another or it will soon rain through. –John Jason Owen

Lie not, neither to thyself, nor man, nor God. It is for cowards to lie. –George Herbert

The important thing is to stop lying to yourself. A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal, in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying- lying to others and to yourself. –Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Lying is a hateful and accursed vice. We have no other tie upon one another, but our word. If we did but discover the horror and consequence of it, we should pursue it with fire and sword, and more justly than other crimes.–Montaigne

The gain of lying is, not to be trusted of any, nor to be believed when we speak the truth. –Sir Walter Raleigh

It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it that doth the hurt.
–Francis Bacon

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. -Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (1804-1864)

Being a practiced liar doesn’t mean you have a powerful imagination. Many good liars have no imagination at all; it’s that which gives their lies such wide-eyed conviction. -Philip Pullman

A junkie’s promise. Utterly sincere. Utterly worthless. -Frank Miller

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