There is no possible excuse for a guarded lie.—Enthusiastic and impulsive people will sometimes falsify thoughtlessly, but equivocation is malice prepense.
He who is guilty of equivocation, may well be suspected of hypocrisy.
A sudden lie may sometimes be only manslaughter upon truth; but by a carefully constructed equivocation truth is always, with malice aforethought, deliberately murdered.
When thou art obliged to speak, be sure to speak the truth; for equivocation is half way to lying, and lying is the wnole way to hell.
I doubt the equivocation of the fiend that lies like truth.
Be these juggling fiends no more believed, that palter with us in a double sense; that keep the word of promise to our ear, and break it to our hope.
We must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.