DISHONESTY and LIES QUOTES

Children can tell spectacular lies and make one smile with their unabashed honesty, and then they grow up and blend the two together. Bona
 
I have learned that in a long life we all eventually play the part of the betrayed, and we all eventually play the part of the betrayer, and neither is pleasant because both roles involve pain, inflicting or absorbing it. Pieces of My Heart by Robert Wagner

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

The men that women regard as most enchanting are the most audacious prevaricators; the men they loathe most fiercely are those who tell them the truth. Hal Morgan

The most common sort of lie is the one uttered to one’s self. Nietzsche

You’re like a thief who is not the least bit sorry he stole, but is truly, truly sorry he got caught. Margaret Mitchell

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one. Adolf Hitler

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is often the case that a man who can't tell a lie thinks he is the best judge of one. Mark Twain

When is a fib not a fib; never, it's always a lie. Unknown

Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, you are never wholly alone. Elizabeth Bowen

It is vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving wherein men find pleasure to be deceived. John Locke

A lie which is a half truth is ever the blackest of lies. Alfred Lord Tennyson

A miser and a liar bargain quickly. Proverb

And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade. Lord Byron 

The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception. Nietzsche

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln

That lies should be necessary to life is part and parcel of the terrible and questionable character of existence. Nietzsche

The visionary denies the truth to himself, the liar only to others. Nietzsche

The bigger the promise the sooner it will mean nothing. Thomas Fuller

He smiled, spoke softly, and looked me in the eye, and then he lied. Veronica Stripe (my last romance)

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. George Bernard Shaw

A liar goes in fine clothes, a liar goes in rags, a liar is a liar, clothes or no clothes. Carl Sandburg 

Hatred and dishonesty generally arises from fear of being deceived. Vauvenargues 

People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception. Charles Dudley Warner

To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a saber: for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain. SA’DI

A lie is an abomination unto the Lord, and a very present help in trouble. Adlai Stevenson

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

Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part dupes. Thomas Carlyle 

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society. Emerson

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. Robert Louis Stevenson 

We are never so easily deceived as when we imagine we are deceiving others. LA Rochefoucauld 

I gained my first victory at age six, when I won an egg & spoon race. Only my dad and I knew he had affixed double-sided sticky tape on that spoon. This double-sided mindset has now won me countless triumphs on any number of levels. Each time I cheat, scam, and swindle people, I revel, just as I did that moment I felt my young fingers close around that still-prized ribbon. Quote credited to: Gordon Askew 

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. Sir Walter Scott

A clean glove often hides a dirty hand. Proverb

Whoever has even once become notorious by base fraud, even if he speaks the truth, gains no belief. Phaedrus

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. Shakespeare

The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you weren't worth the truth. Unknown

All stealing is comparative. If you come to absolutes, pray who does not steal. Emerson.

Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have. Samuel Butler

There is something in corruption which, like a jaundiced eye, transfers the color of itself to the object it looks upon, and sees everything stained and impure. Thomas Paine

It is more tolerable to be refused than deceived. Syrus

A Falsehood is, in one sense, a dead thing; but too often it moves about, galvanized by self-will, and pushes the living out of their seats. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A thief believes everybody steals. Edgar Watson Howe

Fraud is the homage that force pays to reason. Charles P. Curtis

The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier. George Bernard Shaw

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Dostoevsky

Punctuality is the thief of time. Oscar Wilde

He that lies on the ground cannot fall. Proverb

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

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. Anatole France


Man is practiced in disguise; he cheats the most discerning eyes. John Gay

O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath. Shakespeare

I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. Samuel Butler

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. Leonardo DA Vinci

We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves. Pascal

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. Eric Hoffer

This quote has been attributed to a number of authors: Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time. We believe the prime word is deceit and is written by Ambrose Bierce.

Truth exists, only lies are invented. Georges Braque

I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie. Montaigne

Who lies for you will lie against you. John Locke 

We perceive an image of truth, and possess only a lie. Pascal

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have. Elizabeth Bowen

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

The eleventh commandment, “Thou shalt not be found out” is despicable, but nevertheless, it is the one thing you can never get away from. Emily Post.

If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research. Tom Lehrer

Writer Somerset Maugham often traveled to exotic parts of the globe. He would then talk to any number of residents, finding out as much as he could about their various traumas and tragedies. During such chats, he failed to disclose that this information comprised research. Thus, later readers would often find, with a sense of betrayal, intimate aspects of their lives detailed in his pages. Quote mentioned in: Maugham by Ted Morgan

A couple sat down at a table after dancing together. He: “You're an excellent dancer.” She: “I wish I could say the same for you.” He: “You could, if you were as good a liar as I am.” Source: The Price of lies by Arnold Pound 

George Washington: "I cannot tell a lie”.  Richard Nixon: "I cannot tell the truth." Bill Clinton: "I cannot tell the difference."

Women in love consist of a little sighing, a little crying, a little dying - and a good deal of lying. Unknown

Anecdote:  In his memoir, The Horse Boy, writer Rupert Isaacson is heartened the first time his autistic son lies to him. This seeming oddity is based upon Isaacson’s knowledge that: “When a child lies, it means a certain cognitive leap, the ability to take another’s perspective, has occurred. It’s part of the development of the intellect. Note: This premise finds support in Ian Leslie’s book Born Liars. Leslie posits that, in evolutionary terms, those possessed of the will and ability to manoeuvre and manipulate others to their own advantage were best able to survive life’s early vicissitudes.

There is nothing worse than words of kindness that lie. Juvenal

Anecdote:  In a controversial way, Comedian and actor Bill Cosby sought to teach his son the pain of being lied to. Convinced his son had been dishonest regarding an issue, Cosby promised that if he told him the truth, he would not hit him. When his son did confess, Cosby did hit him. Seeing his son’s shock and hurt, Cosby said he hoped this lesson had deepened his understanding of the anguish generated by a sense betrayal. Source: Fatherhood, by Bill Cosby.

DEFINITION and MEANING
Dishonesty and lies come into play when one individual tells another, or a corporate system, something which is not factual. When falsehoods are accepted by those one has come to trust, the pain of discovery of deceit can often prove beyond bearing.



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