46 Quotes About Deceit and Lies


Modern day lie detection measures help to determine if an individual is being deceitful and lying. Here are some great quotes about deceit and lies that are perfect for capturing these instances of abuse.

“A liar is full of oaths.”

“A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.”

“And after all, what is a lie?”

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

“Cheat me in the price, but not in the goods.”

“Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don’t insult them.”

“Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.”

“Every cloud has a silver lining.”

“Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.”

“Great talker, great liar.”

“Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.”

“Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.”

“I am a lie who always speaks the truth.”

“I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.”

“It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.”

“It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.”

“It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.”

“It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.”

“It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.”

“Liars are always ready to take oaths.”

“Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.”

“Lying and stealing are next door neighbors.”

“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.”

“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.”

“Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. I can work out a good character much faster than anyone can lie me out of it.”

“Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.”

“No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.”

“Nobody speaks the truth when there’s something they must have.”

“Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically — for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may
seem mildly shocking to a moralist — but then what isn t?”

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”

“So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.”

“Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true.”

“Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.”

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

“The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.”

“The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self.”

“The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.”

“The fox when it sees a flock of herons or magpies or birds of that kind, suddenly flings himself on the ground with his mouth open to look as he were dead; and these birds want to peck at his tongue, and he bites off their heads.”

“The justification for those actions was that we were living in a very hard, predatory, cloak-and-dagger world and that the only way to deal with a totalitarian enemy was to intimidate him.”

“The mole has very small eyes and it always lives under ground; and it lives as long as it is in the dark but when it comes into the light it dies immediately, because it becomes known;–and so it is with lies.”

“There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

“They say is often a great liar.”

“What does the truth matter? Haven’t we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!”

“When the world has got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to kill it. You beat it over the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and behold!”

“With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.”

Living a lie always results in at least one person getting hurt if not more.

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