If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
Regardless of how far a person runs, a lie will eventually catch up to them.
Are our lives just the aggregate of the lies we’ve told? (‘Lives’ – the ‘v’ is silent.)
Before you enbark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
After the woman left, Gran, staring out back at the Zebra Forest, said to me, ‘I’m a liar, I’ll admit. But I pride myself on being a really good liar. That’s part of my educational philosophy, too, Annie B. Mark that down. Lesson one: If you’re going to do something, make sure to do it...
The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.
I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
More fundamentally, I’m interested in memory because it’s a filter through which we see our lives, and because it’s foggy and obscure, the opportunities for self-deception are there. In the end, as a writer, I’m more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
He turned to her – his gesture a superb compound of relief, remorse, passionate candour and bewilderment touched with curiosity; confidence and perfect penitence. Against which Scylla had to brace herself. Against such bravura how dull truth seemed, and difficult to access. Never had the bottom of a well seemed less attractive. She must hear...
It seemed there was no end at all to the lies a person could tell, once she got started.
Lying is wrong. When you tell a lie for the sake of sparing someone’s feelings it is not suddenly right, but it is compassionate. And is not compassion a form of love? Love—the greatest of all virtues! So, my darling, I do wrong for you; I lie that you might feel loved.
When witnesses concoct lies, they often miss the obvious.
Without language, they have no lies. Thus they have no future.
Just got to fnafflebrump caddwallame, all right?” Edie says, and no one pays attention. She learned at Lady Gravely’s that nonsense which can be misheard is a very good way to lie without getting caught. People just insert whatever they think you must be doing, and – having lied to themselves on your behalf –...
You’re a poster boy for sincerity. You have all the guile of a lamb.
If parents don’t want to hear the truth, children learn not to speak it.