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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Lies and Lying (116 Quotations)

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Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
~ Francis Bacon

 

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Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.
~ Joseph Addison

 

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Liars are always ready to take oaths.
~ Vittorio Alfieri

 

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The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.
~ Minna Antrim

 

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It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
~ Aristotle

 

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It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.
~ Robert Armstrong

 

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Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. I can work out a good character much faster than anyone can lie me out of it
~ Lyman Beecher

 

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It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.
~ Hilaire Belloc

 

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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

 

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Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.
~ Elizabeth Bowen

 

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Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
~ Elizabeth Bowen

 

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

 

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When the world has got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to kill it. You beat it over the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and behold! the next day it is as healthy as ever.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

 

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

 

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

 

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Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
~ Samuel Butler

 

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

 

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And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade.
~ Lord Byron

 

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Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true.
~ Elias Canetti

 

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There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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