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There are people who lie simply for the sake of lying.

There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame as to be discovered in a lie; for as Montaigne saith, A liar would be brave toward God, while he is a coward toward men; for a lie faces God, and shrinks from man.

Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out; it is always near at hand, sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware; a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack, and one trick needs a great many more to make it good. It is like building upon a false foundation, which continually stands in need of props to shore it up, and proves at last more chargeable than to have raised a substantial building at first upon a true and solid foundation.

When the world has once got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to get it out of the world. You beat it about the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and lo! the next day it is as healthy as ever.

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.

White lies are but the ushers to black ones.

Who dares think one thing, and another tell, My heart detests him as the gates of hell.


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