Round dealing is the honor of man's nature; and a mixture of falsehood is like alloy in gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.
Not the least misfortune in a prominent falsehood is the fact that tradition is apt to repeat it for truth.
The lie of fear is the refuge of cowardice, and the lie of fraud the device of the cheat.—The inequalities of men and the lust of acquisition are a constant premium on lying.
Falsehood often lurks upon the tongue of him, who, by self-praise, seeks to enhance his value in the eyes of others.
Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fatally mislead us, as those that are not wholly wrong; as no watches so effectually deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right.
Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult! Examine your words well and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false it is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings—much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.
Let falsehood be a stranger to thy lips.—Shame on the policy that first began to tamper with the heart, to hide its thoughts.—And doubly shame on that inglorious tongue that sold its honesty, and told a lie.
Nothing gives such a blow to friendship as detecting another in an untruth.—It strikes at the root of our confidence ever after.
Dare to be true; nothing can need a lie.
Dishonor waits on perfidy.—A man should blush to think a falsehood; it is the crime of cowards.
Some men relate what they think, as what they know; some men of confused memories, and habitual inaccuracy, ascribe to one man what belongs to another; and some talk on without thought or care. A few men are sufficient to broach falsehoods, which are afterwards innocently diffused by successive relaters.
It is more from carelessness about the truth, than from intention of lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.
Half a fact is a whole falsehood.—He who gives the truth a false coloring by his false manner of telling it, is the worst of liars.
If falsehood had, like truth, but one face only, we should be upon better terms; for we should then take the contrary to what the liar says for certain truth; but the reverse of truth hath a hundred figures, and is a field indefinite without bound or limit.
None but cowards lie.
He who tells a lie is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must invent twenty more to maintain that one.
The gain of lying is nothing else but not to be trusted of any, nor to be believed when we say the truth.
Every lie, great or small, is the brink of a precipice, the depth of which nothing but Omniscience can fathom.
A lie has always a certain amount of weight with those who wish to believe it.
Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
Do not let us lie at all. Do not think of one falsity as harmless, and another as slight, and another as unintended. Cast them all aside; they may be light and accidental, but they are ugly soot from the smoke of the pit, and it is better that our hearts should be swept clean of them, without one care as to which is largest or blackest.
The telling of a falsehood is like the cut of a sabre; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath; a goodly apple rotten at the heart!
This above all; to thine own self be true; and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
Although the devil be the father of lies, he seems, like other great inventors, to have lost much of his reputation by the continual improvements that have been made upon him.
Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.
Falsehood, like the dry rot, flourishes the more in proportion as air and light are excluded.
Falsehood, like poison, will generally be rejected when administered alone; but when blended with wholesome ingredients, may be swallowed unperceived.