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If a man had the art of second-sight for seeing lies as they have in Scotland for seeing spirits, how admirably he might entertain himself by observing the different shapes, sizes, and colors of those swarms of lies, which buzz about the heads of some people, like flies about a horse's ears in summer; or those legions hovering every afternoon so as to darken the air; or over a club of discontented grandees, and thence sent down in cargoes, to be scattered at elections.

It is a hard matter for a man to lie all over, nature having provided king's evidence in almost every member. The hand will sometimes act as a vane, to show which way the wind blows, even when every feature is set the other way; the knees smite together and sound the alarm of fear under a fierce countenance; the legs shake with anger, when all above is calm.

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 unrighteous tongue that sold its honesty, and told a lie!

Lie not, neither to thyself, nor man, nor God. - It is for cowards to lie.

Lies which are told out of arrogance and ostentation, a man should detect in his own defense, because he should not be triumphed over. Lies which are told out of malice he should expose, both for his own sake and that of the rest of mankind, because every man should rise against a common enemy; but the officious liar, many have argued, is to be excused, because it does some man good, and no man hurt.

Lying is a certain mark of cowardice.

Lying is a hateful and accursed vice. We have no other tie upon one another, but our word. If we did but discover the horror and consequences of it, we should pursue it with fire and sword, and more justly than other crimes.

Lying is a most disgraceful vice; it first despises God, and then fears men.

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

Nothing is rarer than a solitary lie; for lies breed like toads; you cannot tell one but out it comes with a hundred young ones on its back.

One lie must be thatched with another or it will soon rain through.

Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost?... And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost.

Show me a liar, and I will show thee a thief.

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits the all.

Terminological inexactitude

That a lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies; That a lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright - But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight.'

The gain of lying is, not to be trusted of any, nor to be believed when we speak the truth.

The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe any one else.

The most intangible, and therefore the worst kind of a lie, is a half-truth. - This is the peculiar device of the "conscientious" detractor.

The most mischievous liars are those who keep sliding on the verge of truth.


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