Quotes on Truth And Lies

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. Herbert Agar

When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies. William Shakespeare

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. Aristotle

Always tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember what you said. Mark Twain

People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. Richard J Needham

If you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory. Jesse Ventura

We make our own truths and lies....Truths are often lies and lies truths... Bernhard Schlink

Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it. Jonathan Swift

When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic. Donald James

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented. Georges Braque

Every time we tell a lie, the thing we fear grows stronger. Tad Williams

A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on. Charles Haddon

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

Children and fools always speak the truth Mark Twain

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

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

A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Vladimir Lenin

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

Only the difference between truth and lies, courage and cowardice. J K Rowling

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. Aristotle

I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. Samuel Butler

A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity. Baltasar Gracian

Belief in truth begins with doubting all that has hitherto been believed to be true. Friedrich Nietzsche

Much truth is spoken, that more may be concealed. Charles Darling, 1st Baron Darling

Those who do' read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies. Thomas Jefferson

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed. Adolf Hitler

The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. Stephen King

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

If you tell the truth you do not need a good memory! Mark Twain

There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. Daniel Webster

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

Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie: a fault which needs it most, grows two thereby. George Herbert

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore." Ralph Waldo Emerson

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. Josh Billings

The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie. Ann Landers

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. Denis Diderot

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. Albert Einstein

No one believes a liar. Even when she's telling the truth. Sara Shepard

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

Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news. William Shakespeare

Man is ice to truth and fire to falsehood. Jean De La Fontaine

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

In Paris, everything's for sale: wise virgins, foolish virgins, truth and lies, tears and smiles. Emile Zola

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain

Nature expresses a design of love and truth. Pope Benedict Xvi

Honesty needs no disguise nor ornament; be plain. Thomas Otway

It is not without good reason, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying. Michel De Montaigne

What probably distorts everything in life is that one is convinced that one is speaking the truth because one says what one thinks. Sacha Guitry

We are all given a gift of existence and of being sentient beings, and I think true happiness lies in love and compassion. Adam Pascal

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

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true. Robert Ringer

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

I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me. S E Hinton

There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie. Franz Kafka

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. Robert Louis Stevenson

Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind. Austin O'Malley

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. George Bernard Shaw

We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. Tad Williams

When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do. William Blake

Those who don't read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies. Thomas Jefferson

Life is a system of half-truths and lies, Opportunistic, convenient evasion. Langston Hughes

When fiction rises pleasing to the eye, men will believe, because they love the lie; but truth herself, if clouded with a frown, must have some solemn proof to pass her down. Charles Churchill

Donald Trump doesn't have significant tells when he's lying because truth and lies to him are kind of homogenized. He's such a pro at it that you don't see a lot of divergence in his body language when he's lying or telling the truth. It's just constant bulls**t. He's probably a very good bluffer. Daniel Negreanu

Duration is not a test of truth or falsehood. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. Otto Von Bismarck

To put more faith in lies and hate than truth and love, is the true atheism. James Russell Lowell

A fool must now and then be right, by chance William Cowper

I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older. Michel De Montaigne

People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies. Miguel Angel Ruiz

A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. William Blake

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. John Keats

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

The truth is more important than the facts. Frank Lloyd Wright

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Charles Spurgeon

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. H L Mencken

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

One mark of a deteriorating society is when people cannot discern between truth and lies. Another is that they don't care and will believe whatever their itching ears want to hear. Cal Thomas

No man of honor ever quite lives up to his code, any more than a moral man manages to avoid sin. H L Mencken

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



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