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...see; and he who knows not how to lie knows not how to speak the truth. So he who cannot suppress his opinions cannot express them.
There can no more be a true statement without falsehood distributed through it, than a note on a well-tuned piano that is not intentionally and deliberately put out of tune to some extent in order to have the piano in the most perfect possible tune. Any perfection of tune as regards one key can only be got at the expense of all the rest.
ixLying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
I seem to see lies crowding and crushing at a narrow gate and working their way in along with truths into the domain of history.
Nature's Double Falsehood
That one great lie she told about the earth being flat when she knew it was round all the time! And again how she stuck to it that the sun went round us when it was we who were going round the sun! This double falsehood has irretrievably ruined my confidence in her. There is no lie which she will not tell and stick to... Butler, Samuel
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