Quotations on Lying

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The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Truth, Efficiency, Lying, Trouble, Wishes)

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Wisdom, Being, Choice, Excellence, Lying, Man, Reason, State)

There's a lot of lying and these are people who are incredibly flawed, and not in very sort of empathetic ways, either. Some of the things they do are pretty awful and some of the things they do to each other are pretty awful.
- Will Arnett
(Keywords: People, Lying, Pretty)

Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Equality, Lie, Fraud, Freedom, Lying, Want, Workers)

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: Importance, Loyalty, Lying, Obedience)

There's nothing undignified about lying about all day and being waited on by servants, sipping bloody champagne.
- Jeffrey Bernard
(Keywords: Being, Day, Lying, Nothing)

Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Heaven, Lies, Lying, Pretty, World)

With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral.
- James Bovard
(Keywords: Death, Government, People, Fear, Attention, Democracy, Ignorance, Lying, Politicians, Trying)

You can get through your whole day only around people who will tell you that you're wonderful. But pretty soon they're going to have to be lying about that.
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Keywords: People, Day, Lying, Pretty, Will)

It's essential to tell the truth at all times. This will reduce life's pain. Lying distorts reality. All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
- John Bradshaw
(Keywords: Life, Truth, Lying, Pain, Reality, Thinking, Will)

A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Love, Compassion, Humanity, Lying, World)

I'm lying in my bed, blanket is warm, this body will never keep me safe from harm. I still feel your hair, black ribbons of coal. Touch my skin to keep me whole. If only you'd come back to me. To feel you at my side, wouldn't need no Mojo Pin to keep me satisfied.
- Jeff Buckley
(Keywords: Bed, Body, Hair, Harm, Lying, Skin, Will)

It was OK for the media to pursue Former President Clinton year after year for lying about a private, consensual sexual affair, but we have five justices who committed one of the biggest crimes in American History, and it ceased to be a big story.
- Vincent Bugliosi
(Keywords: History, American, Lying, Media, President)

The men who made the war were profuse in their praises of the man who kicked the P.M. out of his office and now degrades by his disloyal, dishonest and lying presence the greatest office in the State.
- John Burns
(Keywords: Men, War, Lying, Man, Now, Office, State)

I like, though, that people have a hunger to connect with other people. They're desperate to know that you're not lying to them or misleading them.
- Augusten Burroughs
(Keywords: People, Hunger, Lying, Misleading)

So, I'm lying on the couch and Laura walks in and I say, 'Free at last,' and she says 'You're free all right, you're free to do the dishes.' So I say, 'You're talking to the former president, baby,' and she said, 'consider this your new domestic policy agenda.'
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Policy, Baby, Lying, President, Right, Talking)

I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Hate, Lying, Mind)

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
(Keywords: Lie, Superiority, Compliment, Lying, Respect)

The next morning we saw nothing of the enemy, though we were still lying to.
- John Byng
(Keywords: Enemy, Lying, Nothing)

When my job was attempting to predict future economic developments for the Shell oil company, I was frequently reminded of an Arabic saying: 'Those who claim to foresee the future are lying, even if by chance they are later proved right.'
- Vince Cable
(Keywords: Chance, Company, Future, Job, Lying, Oil, Right)

Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act.
- Abraham Cahan
(Keywords: Act, Lies, Lying, Smile, Word)

I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in my head at about 3:30 in the morning. I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song. I wonder where that piano is now?
- Jim Capaldi
(Keywords: Idea, Living, Lying, Now, Song, Wonder, Writing)

I don't use sex to sell records, obviously, but I'd be lying if I said that I don't feel like I have to make an effort to look good when I go out onstage, to wear something pretty.
- Vanessa Carlton
(Keywords: Sex, Effort, Lying, Pretty)

All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Thought, Books, Lying, Magic, Mankind)

Truth is a pain which will not stop. And the truth of this world is to die. You must choose: either dying or lying. Personally, I have never been able to kill myself.
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine
(Keywords: Truth, Dying, Lying, Pain, Will, World)

With Clinton, there's no question that I would have made fun of his out-and-out lying. But he's also a good friend.
- Chevy Chase
(Keywords: Friend, Fun, Lying, Question)

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Imagination, Talent, Genius, Action, Being, Lying, Reason, Understanding)

Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.
- F. M. Cornford
(Keywords: Art, Enemies, Friends, Lying, Propaganda)

Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.
- Frances Cornford
(Keywords: Art, Enemies, Friends, Lying, Propaganda)

There are some good people. But a good chunk of them will lie for no reason at all - it'll be ten o'clock and they'll tell you it's nine. You're looking at the clock and you can't even fathom why they're lying. They just lie because that's what they do.
- John Cusack
(Keywords: Lie, People, Lying, Reason, Will)

With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting. It's lying.
- Johnny Depp
(Keywords: Acting, Lying, Play)

I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant, driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck, and doing commercials and documentaries.
- Richard Donner
(Keywords: Driving, Lying, Painting)

Willie Mays was the best ever. When I was in college I once made a catch like the one Mays made over his head. Sometimes when I'm lying in bed at night I think about it. It still makes me warm.
- David Duchovny
(Keywords: Bed, College, Lying, Night)

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Appearance, Discovery, Feeling, Intuition, Laws, Lying, Order)

They told me I had been sick twelve days, lying like dead all the while, and that Whirlwind Chaser, who was Standing Bear's uncle and a medicine man, had brought me back to life.
- Black Elk
(Keywords: Life, Lying, Man, Medicine)

It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.
- Epicurus
(Keywords: Fear, Lying, Trouble)

So people think I'm lying about my age all the time? It's the records that are wrong. I've never told anyone how old I am. The minute they ask me, I say 'That's none of your business.' So that means I've never once lied about my age. Now that's true!
- Calista Flockhart
(Keywords: Age, Business, People, Time, Lying, Now, Old, Wrong)

And I'd be lying if I told you that as a black man in baseball I hadn't gone through worse times than my teammates.
- Curt Flood
(Keywords: Baseball, Lying, Man)

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
- Redd Foxx
(Keywords: Health, Dying, Hospitals, Lying, Nothing)

I also focus on Bush and his administration - who do a lot of lying - and how a right-wing media has allowed them to get away with a lot of stuff that, in a different media environment, they probably wouldn't be able to get away with.
- Al Franken
(Keywords: Environment, Focus, Lying, Media, Right)

You may call me a Klansman if you will, but, potentially, every white man is a Klansman, as far as the Negro in competition with whites socially, economically and politically is concerned, and there is no use lying.
- Marcus Garvey
(Keywords: Competition, Lying, Man, May, Will)

I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger.
- Jean Genet
(Keywords: Boldness, Danger, Lying, Name, Violence)

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
- Allen Ginsberg
(Keywords: Poetry, Time, Bed, Expression, Lying, Night, Party, Public, Thinking, World)

I've never met or spoken to David Lee Roth, yet it's rather ironic that even he's saying Eddie's lying about things. I'm saying he's not telling the truth, yet Eddie insists that the two of us are lying! You be the judge.
- Sammy Hagar
(Keywords: Truth, Lying, Saying)

First we attacked the Russian soldiers with our gases, and then when we saw the poor fellows lying there, dying slowly, we tried to make breathing easier for them by using our own life-saving devices on them.
- Otto Hahn
(Keywords: Life, Dying, First, Lying, Poor, Soldiers)

As we look forward to freedom, the shining city on the hill and the best days of America lying ahead, it is the men and women in uniform who protect, defend and make us proud to whom we should look and give thanks every night.
- Robin Hayes
(Keywords: Men, Women, America, Freedom, Lying, Night)

When I went off to the army when I was 17 years old, I believed in America and the rights of freedom. But today I believe my government is lying to the American people and that my president, George Bush, is a criminal.
- Jack Herer
(Keywords: Government, People, America, American, Army, Freedom, Rights, Lying, Old, President, Today, Years)

Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around. If you're looking for violent rape imagery, the Bible's right there in your hotel room. If you just want to look up ways to screw people up, there it is, and you're justified because God told you to.
- Penn Jillette
(Keywords: God, People, Bible, Lying, Right, Want)

The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Life, Bed, Lying, Man)

It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Truth, Falsehood, Lying, World)



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