Lies

Found 13 thoughts of lies

Sonnet CXLVIII

O me, what eyes hath Love put in my head,
Which have no correspondence with true sight!
Or, if they have, where is my judgment fled,
That censures falsely what they see aright?
If that be fair whereon my false eyes dote,
What means the world to say it is not so?
If it be not, then love doth well denote
Love's eye is not so true as all men's 'No.'
How can it? O, how can Love's eye be true,
That is so vex'd with watching and with tears?
No marvel then, though I mistake my view;
The sun itself sees not till heaven clears.
O cunning Love! with tears thou keep'st me blind,
Lest eyes well-seeing thy foul faults should find.

William Shakespeare

Sonnet 115: Those lines that I before have writ do lie

Those lines that I before have writ do lie,
Even those that said I could not love you dearer;
Yet then my judgment knew no reason why
My most full flame should afterwards burn clearer,
But reckoning Time, whose millioned accidents
Creep in 'twixt vows, and change decrees of kings,
Tan sacred beauty, blunt the sharp'st intents,
Divert strong minds to the course of alt'ring things—
Alas, why, fearing of Time's tyranny,
Might I not then say, "Now I love you best,"
When I was certain o'er incertainty,
Crowning the present, doubting of the rest?
Love is a babe; then might I not say so,
To give full growth to that which still doth grow.

William Shakespeare

The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A liar should have a good memory.

Quintilian

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

Aristotle

The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.

Mark Twain

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

Samuel Butler

It is always the best policy to speak the truth--unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.

Jerome K. Jerome

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.

H. L. Mencken

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,To speak dishonorably is pardonable.

Sophocles

Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.

Sallust

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.

Clare Booth Luce