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The truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever.
Of course, being a financial journalist is not the career I always wanted. No one who writes about personal finance ever meant to do it. People tell you they fell into personal finance. They’re lying. What they mean is they couldn’t get a job writing about anything more interesting.
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else.
You may tell the greatest lies and wear a brilliant disguise, but you can’t escape the eyes of the one who sees right through you.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.
But before I could say anything, Myers blurted out, ‘I lied. Everything I said at McMillian’s trial was a lie. I’ve lost a lot of sleep and have been in a lot of pain over this. I can’t be quiet any longer.
No one believes a liar. Even when she’s telling the truth. – Sara Shepard
Never try to destroy someone else’s life with a lie when yours can be destroyed with the truth.
When the truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie. – Yevgeny Yevtushenko
I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.
I’m not bragging when I say that I’m one of the best liars in the world but I got to tell you, Todd was pretty doggone good. It seemed like he knew some of the things I know, the things I think of all the time and try to remember so I don’t make the same mistake more than seven or eight times.
If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today. – Bruce Lee
Mark Twain A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Lies don’t fix things. They don’t even make things easier, at least not in the long run. Best to tell the truth and then clean up an honest mess.
Lying is done with words, and also with silence.– Adrienne Rich
The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept.
Denying the truth doesn’t change the facts.
Some people, from what I’ve seen, Boo, when they lie, they become very still and centered and their gaze very concentrated and intense.
The bigger the lie, the more they believe it.
Mark Twain If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.
I am stuffing your mouth with your promises and watching you vomit them out upon my face. – Anne Sexton
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you’re not worth the truth.
Even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it’s used for selfish or cowardly reasons. – Jeanne Birdsall
John Kennedy The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
Habitual liars invent falsehoods not to gain any end or even to deceive their hearers, but to amuse themselves. It is partly practice and partly habit. It requires an effort for them to speak the truth.
Better to be hurt by the truth than comforted by a lie. – Khaled Hosseini
I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe in myself.
The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off!
There are what I might call your Kamikaze-style liars. They’ll tell you a surreal and fundamentally incredible lie, and then pretend a crisis of conscience and retract the original lie, and then offer you the like they really want you to buy instead, so the real lie’ll appear as some kind of concession, a settlement with the truth.
When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves-they and threaten their own self-esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true.– Cheryl Hughes
Jean Jaures When people can not change things, they change the words.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Yeah, it never fails to amaze me how a single lie can undo an entire lifetime of good.
We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding. – Rudyard Kipling
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
Nothing better than listening to a lie when you already know the truth.
Our minds thus grow in spots; and like grease spots, the spots spread. But we let them spread as little as possible: we keep unaltered as much of our old knowledge, as many of our old prejudices and beliefs, as we can.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. – George Washington
The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. – George Bernard Shaw
I don’t like lies … Not even lies of omission. Hard truths can be dealt with and triumphed over, but lies will destroy your soul.
Always sleep with one eye open. Never take anything for granted. Your best friends might just be your enemies. – Sara Shepard
Cheating and lying aren’t struggles, they’re reasons to break up.
There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.
Always be truthful especially to yourself. The worst thing one can do is lie to self.
What fault do you find with them? A fault which is most serious, I said; the fault of telling a lie, and, what is more, a bad lie.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.– Mark Twain
Mark Twain When in doubt, tell the truth.
Sometimes you can learn things from the way a person denies something. The choice of lies can be almost as helpful as the truth.
Every time you lie, it brings me a little closer to goodbye.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
I thought about it, looking at the pictures and then at my grandfather, his face so earnest and open. What reason would he have to lie?
The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept – George Carlin
It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. – Victor Hugo
Lies were like acid, corrosive: They could dissolve trust in a heartbeat.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence. – Robert Louis Stevenson
When the truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.
Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.
What I want to tell you is, I think the English patient is not English.
I didn’t say you threw it. I just said ‘Run.’ You should’ve run.
Because the truth sometimes hurts, I said.
Over time, any deception destroys intimacy, and without intimacy, couples cannot have true and lasting love. – Bonnie Eaker Weil
If you’re going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh; otherwise, they’ll kill you. George Bernard Shaw
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.–Daniel Patrick Moynihan
To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.
A truth that’s told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.
Truth is, you’re the reason I don’t believe in love anymore.
So who were you? I saw your height and your hair, but I couldn’t see your face clearly enough.
One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths. – Al David
George Orwell In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
He who tells a lie is not sensible about how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
One like has the power to tarnish a thousand truths. – Al David
I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’m liable to say I’m going to the opera. It’s terrible.
So we can believe the big ones?
The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie.
And for some reason, telling me you were nowhere made your eyes twitch and your forehead breaks into a sweat.
When a man is penalized for honesty, he learns to lie. – Criss Jami
Thomas Paine As to the book called the bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions and a history of bad times and bad men.
The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.
Of all the lies I’ve heard, ‘I love you,’ was my favorite.
But you can’t make people listen. They have to come around in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.
Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—
The truth doesn’t cost anything, but a lie could cost you everything.
The truth is always an insult or a joke, lies are generally tastier. We love them. The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone’s comfort.
The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. – Cheryl Hughes
You will never learn what I am thinking. And those who boast most loudly that they know my thought, to such people I lie even more. – Adolf Hitler
Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies. – Dorothy Allison
Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
If you stop telling lies about me, I’ll stop telling the truth about you.
Once I saw them lying three deep. In a space not exceeding a hundred yards square more than four hundred corpses lay festering. Can you imagine the postures in which man, once created in the image of his Maker, had been twisted? Do not try, for were you to succeed you would ask yourself, with me: ‘Can I ever forget?
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.– Winston Churchill
Anything is better than lies and deceit!
A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, and more lasting than truth. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.
I trusted you, but now your words mean nothing because your actions spoke the truth.
Now Minnie likes just about everybody, but she sure doesn’t like Mexicans. So when you tell me, Minnie went to Northside to visit her mama? Well, I find that highly unlikely, but okay. Maybe.
The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as facts could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it and trying to be somebody else. – J.K. Rowling
Jerry Seinfeld People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.
Never lie to someone who trusts you. Never trust someone who lies to you.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
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