Selected Quotes about Deception/Lying

It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth. -- Arthur Balfour

Matilda told such dreadful lies, It made one gasp and stretch one's eyes; Her aunt, who from her earliest youth, Had kept a strict regard for truth, Attempted to believe Matilda: The effort very nearly killed her. -- Hilaire Belloc

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

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

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

And after all, what is a lie? ’T is but The truth in masquerade. -- George Gordon Byron

Often attributed to Mark Twain; Quoted in Mark Twain, Autobiography, ch. 29, (1924), his exact words were: ‘The remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics”.’ -- Benjamin Disraeli

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. -- Albert Einstein

None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes. -- Johann von Goethe

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true. -- Eric Hoffer

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

Not that you lied to me but that I no longer believe you - that is what has distressed me. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

By the time you swear you're his, Shivering and sighing, And he vows his passion is Infinite, undying - Lady, make a note of this: One of you is lying. -- Dorothy Parker

Every ambitious would-be empire, clarions it abroad that she is conquering the world to bring it peace, security and freedom, and it is sacrificing her sons only for the most noble and humanitarian purposes. That is a lie; and it is an ancient lie, yet generations still rise and believe it. -- Henry David Thoreau

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. -- Desmond Tutu

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will. -- Kenneth Tynan

It is planned speeches that contain lies or dissimulations, not what you blurt out so spontaneously in one instant. -- Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams

No one who has read official documents needs to be told how easy it is to conceal the essential truth under the apparently candid and all-disclosing phrases of a voluminous and particularizing report.... -- Woodrow Wilson

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