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  • A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
    * Aesop


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • The most mischievous liars are those who keep sliding on the verge of truth.
    * Augustus William Hare


  • The great mass of people...will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.
    * Adolf Hitler


  • Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.
    * William Mcilvanney


  • A liar should have a good memory.
    * Quintilian


  • A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
    * Saki


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


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


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


  • What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
    * Oscar Wilde