The lie is a condition of life.
The great mass of people will more easily fall victems to a big lie than to a small one.
A liar is not believed even though he tell the truth.
[Lat., Mendaci homini ne verum quidem dicenti credere solemus.]
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not
to trust himself on the narrow edge.
[Lat., Ita enim finitima sunt falsa veris ut in praecipitem locum
non debeat se sapiens committere.]
Round numbers are always false.
A man would rather have a hundred lies told of him than one truth which he does not wish should be known.
Liars are always most disposed to swear.
[It., A giurar presti i mentitor son sempre.]
He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
There are a terrible lot of lies going round the world, and the worst of it is that they're true.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
[Lat., Splendide mendax.]
Why would anyone lie? The truth is always more colorful.
I tell him, if a clergyman, he lies!
If captains the remark, or critics, make,
Why they lie also--under a mistake.
And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but
The truth in masquerade.
You lie--under a mistake--
For this is the most civil sort of lie
That can be given to a man's face, I now
Say what I think.
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