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Famous or Infamous Lies?

Famous or Infamous Lies?

Wednesday 28th December 2022

A lie occurs when one person intentionally and deliberately misleads another. Now, you may think this description of the lie is somewhat obvious, even boring and not worth further thought, yet people as well as being deceived by lies are fascinated with them and by the people who tell them. But why? Some experts believe our interest in lies and deceit is simply because each time a liar is detected we have to accept the fact that we're all vulnerable which many find a difficult pill to swallow.

However, in addition to struggling constantly to find the truth the lie has nonetheless been glorified in thousands of quotes, some of which are profound, others remarkably observant and many delightfully sardonic.

We'd like to share with you a few of the thousands of quotes about lying which we have so often found so appropriate.

In no particular order, here they are:-

1. "I always tell the truth. Even when I lie."
― Al Pacino

2. "When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie."
― Criss Jami

3. "Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they're honest about everything."
― Chuck Klosterman

4. "When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves-they 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

5" My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me."
― Diana Wynne Jones

6. "The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones."
― Cheryl Hughes

7. "Yeah, it never fails to amaze me how a single lie can undo an entire lifetime of good. (Aiden)"
― Sherrilyn Kenyon

8. "How is it possible that our parents lied to us?"
"Lets see: Santa, the Tooth Fairy,the Easter bunny,um, God. You're the prettiest kid in school. This wont hurt a bit. Your face will freeze like that..." "Everythings going to be alright."
― Brian K. Vaughan

9. "If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself."
― W. Somerset Maugham

10. "When the sky's falling, I take shelter under bullshit."
― Scott Lynch

11. "He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time."
― Thomas Jefferson

12. "What is better: uncomfortable truth or comfortable lies? Every truth is a kindness, even if it makes others uncomfortable. Every untruth is an unkindness, even if it makes others comfortable.
Liz Gilbert

13. "Integrity is a bugger, it really is. Lying can get you into difficulties, but to really wind up in the crappers try telling nothing but the truth."
― David Mitchell

14. "Lie until even you believe it - that's the real secret of lying"
― Holly Black

15. "The biggest liar in the world is They Say."
― Douglas Malloch

16. "Telling one lie almost always requires another, and before the storyteller knows it, they will be caught inside of their own web."
― Jenna Alatari

17. Never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, it's the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.
- Abraham Lincoln

18. "I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."
― Friedrich Nietzsche

19. "Cheating and lying aren't struggles, they're reasons to break up."
― Patti Callahan Henry

20. "Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies."
― Dorothy Allison

21. "Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is."
― Barbara Bush

22. "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar"
― Abraham Lincoln

23. "If there is no truth then everything else is a lie."
― John T. DeVries

24. "Christians don't tell lies they just go to church and sing them."
― A.W. Tozer

25. "Euphemisms persist because lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable."
― Bergen Evans

As an organisation dealing with the detection of lies and finding the truth, we never cease to be amazed and impressed with the ability some people have to describe deception so thoroughly in so few words.

If you need help to identify someone you feel is not being truthful, for whatever reason. Maybe they are being unfaithful, dishonest or stealing from you. Maybe you just want to prove that someone is spreading lies about you or a loved one. Call our dedicated Customer Support Team on 0800 774 7268 or visit us online for further information.