Several quotes about lying.

Lying is the greatest of all sins.

Alfred Nobel

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.

John Ruskin

Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving..

James E. Faust

There are two ways of lying. One, not telling the truth and the other, making up statistics..

Josefina Vazquez Mota

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12 thoughts on “Several quotes about lying.

    • Yes, it can. Sometimes. It can crash individuals. Lies to get recognition, success. power and money often kill millions. What was the Soviet Union built upon?
      Terrible lies! That’s why there was “Iron Curtain”. It’s purpose was to hide truth from people inside and outside the country.

      • Then with both lies and truth we must always tread carefully and seek what is morally right and considerate of others rather than what is convenient or self-serving. 🙂

        • Agree in theory. But statistically it is relatively very rare that lying is morally right. There is possible to be considerate by being silent.

          • I’m not an advocate of lying and generally believe that truth should win out, but I also believe that every situation should be considered separately without applying broad truths. I have discovered in life that nearly every rule has an exception. This is not to say that we take the exception as the norm. Anyway, I suspect that I am being trouble, my friend 🙂 I will cease my pickiness and thank you for another thought provoking post 🙂

            • Greg, you are not trouble at all. 😉 I found decades ago that every serious situation deserves separate consideration. However, please consider the following: 1) quotes are ALWAYS = thoughts in general; 2) the fact that “every rule has an exception” does not negate rules; 3) I can give you many very well known examples when lies killed or harmed people, cultures, countries. Can you give me 20 known examples when lies were good for more than one or several persons?

              • Hi ☺ I cannot help but feel that your response has extended beyond the original scope as I interpreted them which was purely about lying in general. Now it has become about lying to large groups of people on national issues. My initial response was regarding personal lies not national ones. And I still maintain that given the right set of circumstances that personal lying to one or a few people is preferable to truth. One personal story goes back to the beginning of my marriage. One night i came home my lovely bride to discover that she had baked me a chocolate cheesecake. Thr problem with this was my newlywed wife did not know how to cook. Also, she did not eat cheesecake herself. This treat was for me alone. Well, it was aweful – really really bad. I smiled as i ate it, complementing the entire time. So she asked if she might have a bite. And then she realized how aweful it was. She gave me the broadest smile in the world and told me that i was the best husband. My lie had affirmed my love for her.

                • Greg, it’s a sweet story! Lying for love is not morally wrong. But usually people lie to manipulate other people, self-promote, get power, money, etc.
                  Some people today say: “Everyone is lying, it is not a sin.” I disagree. It is especially terrible when people who are constantly in the public eyes lie without remorse.

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