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DIPLOMACY, n. Lying in state, or the patriotic art of lying for one's country.


Ambrose Bierce

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DIPLOMACY, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
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DIPLOMACY, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
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... the patriotic art of lying for one's country.
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Diplomacy: lying in state.
OLIVER HEREFORD
Diplomacy: lying in state.
OLIVER HERFORD
Acting is like lying. The art of lying well. I'm paid to tell elaborate lies.
MEL GIBSON
No formal course in fiction-writing can equal a close and observant perusal of the stories of Edgar ...
H. P. LOVECRAFT
There are four kinds of homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.” ~ Ambrose ...
J.J. MCAVOY
Statistics is the art of lying by means of figures.
WILHELM STEKEL
Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way.
DAVID FROST
Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way.
DAVID FROST
For the hackneyed art of lying without injury to anyone, Rushbrook, to his shame, was proficient.
ELIZABETH INCHBALD
No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men ...
JOHN RUSKIN
Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.
OSCAR WILDE
If you're lying, you're lying.
JOHN C. MAXWELL
What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?
LAURENCE OLIVIER, SIR
What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?
LAURENCE OLIVIER SIR
The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then...
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN
The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at hom...
PLATO
The worst part was that I had things I wanted to tell my mother, too many to count, but none of them...
SARAH DESSEN
A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
JOSH BILLINGS
Halfe the world knowes not how the other halfe lies.
GEORGE HERBERT
All men are born truthful and die liars.
VAUVENARGUES
Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie; A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.
GEORGE HERBERT
There are a terrible lot of lies going round the world, and the worst of it is that they're true.
WINSTON CHURCHILL
A man would rather have a hundred lies told of him than one truth which he does not wish should be k...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Liars are always most disposed to swear. [It., A giurar presti i mentitor son sempre.]
VITTORIO ALFIERI
A liar is not believed even though he tell the truth. [Lat., Mendaci homini ne verum quidem dicent...
CICERO (MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO)
And this wasn’t lying, not really. It was leaving out.
STEPHEN KING
I was good at fabricating the truth when necessary to protect someone, even myself.
MATT ABRAMS
The secret is to know how to lie" he used to say, " and to know when someone's lying to you". His fa...
NICHOLAS SPARKS
False encouragement is a kind of theft: it steals time, energy, and motivation a person could put to...
SAM HARRIS
I lied," I said. ...
"I know it," he said.
"Then do something about it. Do anything, just ...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Magic is an art form where you lie and tell people you are lying.
TELLER
Quoth Hudibras, I smell a rat; Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate.
SAMUEL BUTLER (1)
For my part getting up seems not so easy By half as lying.
THOMAS HOOD
A liar should have a good memory.
QUINTILIAN
Half the truth is often a great lie.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
We payt a person the complement of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
SAMUEL BUTLER
Why would anyone lie? The truth is always more colorful.
JAMES HALL
Splendidly mendacious. [Lat., Splendide mendax.]
HORACE (QUINTUS HORATIUS FLACCUS)
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits the all.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR.
Bound by the Oath against lying, Aes Sedai [carry] the half-truth, the quarter-truth and the implica...
ROBERT JORDAN
RUBBISH, n. Worthless matter, such as the religions, philosophies, literatures, arts and sciences of...
AMBROSE BIERCE
A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
A liar is always lavish of oaths. [Fr., Un menteur est toujours prodigue de serments.]
PIERRE CORNEILLE
Resolved to die in the last dyke of prevarication.
EDMUND BURKE
And none speaks false, when there in none to hear.
JAMES BEATTIE
A good memory is needed once we have lied. [Fr., Il faut bonne memoire apres qu'on a menti.]
PIERRE CORNEILLE
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a lot of explanations.
SAKI
Who dares think one thing, and another tell, My heart detests him as the gates of hell.
HOMER ("SMYRNS OF CHIOS")
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: I said in my haste, All men are lia...
BIBLE
The lie is a condition of life.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to inven...
ALEXANDER POPE
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth and ends with making truth itself appear like ...
WILLIAM SHENSTONE
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge...
CICERO (MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO)
Marianne was silent; it was impossible for her to say what she did not feel, however trivial the occ...
JANE AUSTEN
The wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with...
MARK TWAIN
He was lying; I could hear it the way you hear a tune and you know how it goes. I wondered how many ...
ANNIE BARROWS
I always say the truth is best even when we find it unpleasant. Any rat in a sewer can lie. It's how...
NANCY FARMER
Urge him with truth to frame his fair replies; And sure he will; for wisdom never lies.
HOMER ("SMYRNS OF CHIOS")
Shew me a lyer, and I'le shew thee a theefe. [Show me a liar, and I'll show thee a thief.]
GEORGE HERBERT
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.
FINLEY PETER DUNNE
Matilda told such dreadful lies It made one gasp and stretch one's eyes.
HILLAIRE BELLOC
There are people who exaggerate so much that they can't tell the truth without lying.
MARK TWAIN
Some truth there was, but dash'd and brew'd with lies, To please the fools, and puzzle all the wis...
JOHN DRYDEN
One ought to have a good memory when he has told a lie.
CORNEILLE
The tricky part of any lie is trying to figure out how you'd behave if you were innocent.
SUE GRAFTON
Lying is easy. But it’s lonely.
VICTORIA SCHWAB
Euphemism is a euphemism for lying
BOBBIE GENTRY
The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.
JOHN RUSKIN
Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully
ARISTOTLE
I hate ingratitude more in man Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, Or any taint of vi...
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Tact is just lying for adults.
CASSANDRA CLARE
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagin...
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
Equivocation is half-way to lying, and lying the whole way to hell
WILLIAM PENN
Euphemism is a euphemism for lying.
BOBBIE GENTRY
As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the ...
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
It is hard to tell if a man is telling the truth when you know you would lie if you were in his plac...
H.L. MENCKEN
It takes a wise man to handle a lie. A fool had better remain honest.
NORMAN DOUGLAS
Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. I can work out a good character mu...
LYMAN BEECHER
You can best reward a liar by believing nothing of what he says.
ARISTIPPUS
There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.
WILLIAM JAMES
When I err every one can see it, but not when I lie. [Ger., Wenn ich irre kann es jeder bemerken; ...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
But that he wrought so high the specious tale, As manifested plainly 'twas a lie. [Lat., Se no...
LUDOVICO ARIOSTO
The great mass of people will more easily fall victems to a big lie than to a small one.
ADOLPH HITLER
You lie--under a mistake-- For this is the most civil sort of lie That can be given to a man's...
PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA
And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but The truth in masquerade.
LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON)
I tell him, if a clergyman, he lies! If captains the remark, or critics, make, Why they lie al...
LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON)
No. It's actually not okay. And I hate when people say that, when they say it's okay even though it'...
NANCY WERLIN
Women are all born with a special, independent organ that allows them to lie. This was Dr. Tokai's p...
HARUKI MURAKAMI
And once when we were walking on Bredon Hill, we met a bedraggled and exhausted fox. 'Oh, poor thing...
GEORGE SAYER
The traffic warden looked up. "This your car?"
"It is," said Skulduggery.
The traffic wa...
DEREK LANDY
Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends withou...
FRANCES CORNFORD
On the whole, lying is a cheerful affair. Embellishments are intended to give pleasure. People long ...
ISABEL FONSECA
Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends withou...
FRANCIS MACDONALD CORNFORD
Lying is the greatest of all sins.
ALFRED NOBEL
Diplomacy... the art of restraining power.
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ACQUAINTANCE, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. A...
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PANTALOONS, n. A nether habiliment of the adult civilized male. The garment is tubular and unprovide...
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BOUNTY, n. The liberality of one who has much, in permitting one who has nothing to get all that he ...
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EXTINCTION, n. The raw material out of which theology created the future state.
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ROBBER, n. A candid man of affairs. It is related of Voltaire that one night he and some traveling c...
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Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
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LUNARIAN, n. An inhabitant of the moon, as distinguished from Lunatic, one whom the moon inhabits. T...
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WINE, n. Fermented grape-juice known to the Women's Christian Union as "liquor," sometimes as "rum."...
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QUORUM, n. A sufficient number of members of a deliberative body to have their own way and their own...
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Land: A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property su...
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ARRAYED, pp. Drawn up and given an orderly disposition, as a rioter hanged to a lamppost.
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PREDILECTION, n. The preparatory stage of disillusion.
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Pitted against hard drinking Christians the abstemious Mahometans go down like grass before the scyt...
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Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.
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Opportunity is a favorable occasion for grasping a disappointment.
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UGLINESS, n. A gift of the gods to certain women, entailing virtue without humility.
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From the vast, invisible ocean of moonlight overhead fell, here and here, a slender, broken stream t...
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He who thinks with difficulty believes with alacrity.
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You don't have to be stupid to be a Christian, ... but it probably helps.
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Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pi...
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Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.
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They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid.
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Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.
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Deliberation. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on.
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PROPHECY, n. The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.
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Admiration; is our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
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Optimism. The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.
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An optimist is a proponent of the doctrine that black is white.
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Appeal. In law, to put the dice into the box for another throw.
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Wit. The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
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To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.
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The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
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Consul. In American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is give...
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Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscien...
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The covers of this book are too far apart.
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The Senate is a body of old men charged with high duties and misdemeanors.
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To be positive: to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
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Censor, n. An officer of certain governments, employed to supress the works of genius. Among the Rom...
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Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his o...
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Woman absent is woman dead.
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Calamities are of two kinds. Misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
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YANKEE, n. In Europe, an American. In the Northern States of our Union, a New Englander. In the So...
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Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.
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Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
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