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12 Lying Quotations

''Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.''
- Aristotle from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers


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


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


''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


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


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


''A liar should have a good memory.''
- Marcus Fabius Quintilianus De Institutione Oratoria


''Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.''
- Franklin D. Roosevelt radio address, October 26, 1939


''Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.''
- Sallust The War with Catiline


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


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






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