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Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.

There is no lie that a man will not believe; and there is no man who does not believe many lies; and there is no man who believes only lies.
Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.
I would dodge, not lie, in the national interest.
Truth will lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none.
In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.
Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.
All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.
Liars need to have good memories.
Lies are usually caused by undue fear of men.
No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds.
Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man.
They say is often a great liar.
Lying and stealing are next door neighbors.
Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.
Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.
To the rulers of the state then, if to any, it belongs of right to use falsehood, to deceive either enemies or their own citizens, for the good of the state: and no one else may meddle with this privilege.
If you tell a lie, always rehearse it. If it don't sound good to you, it won't sound good to anybody.
In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.
Lying is a terrible vice, it testifies that one despises God, but fears men.
If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.
Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth. Do not follow those who lie in contempt of reality. Let your lie be even more logical than the truth itself, so the weary travelers may find repose.
Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers, life would become a mere syllogism and hence too metallic to be borne.
The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.
Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.
Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born, little institutional lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen.
Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, lessens the friction of social contacts. It is only in lies, wholeheartedly and bravely told, that human nature attains through words and speech the forbearance, the nobility, the romance, the idealism, that -- being what it is -- it falls so short of in fact and in deed.
When lying, be emphatic and indignant, thus behaving like your children.
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?
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
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! the next day it is as healthy as ever.
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!
It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.
A successful lie cannot be brought into this world and capriciously abandoned; like any committed relationship, it must be maintained, and with far more devotion than the truth, which carries on being carelessly true without any help.
A lie is just the truth masquerading as bullshit.
I can't say I haven't lied but I can say that I lied to tell the truth.

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