166 Telling Lies Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Telling Lies Quotes (Best in 2024)

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It's a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies. The only variable is about what. — Gregory House

Playing the Cretan with the Cretans (i.e. lying to liars). — Plutarch

Don't lie,Tell one lie,then you gotta tell another lie to compound on the first. — Meyer Lansky

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral. — Epictetus

We lie best when we lie to ourselves. — Stephen King

When the going gets tough, you have to lie. — Jean-Claude Juncker

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. — Hannah Arendt

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. — Aristotle

She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake. — Margot Asquith

A degree of lying - you know, white lies - seems to be inherent in all languages and all forms of communication. — Matthew Lesko

Short Telling Lies Quotes

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  • I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. — Al Pacino
  • Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. — Louis Pasteur
  • A lie is profanity. A lie is the worst thing in the world. Art is the ability to tell the truth. — Richard Pryor
  • Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth. — Proverbs
  • If you tell the truth you do not need a good memory! — Mark Twain
  • Not many people are true, fake as the lies they tell — Kid Cudi
  • Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie. — Robert Breault
  • Tell a lie and the truth will come to light. — Filipino Proverbs
  • Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind. — Austin O'Malley
  • The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth. — Malcolm Bradbury

Top 10 Telling Lies Quotes

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I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. — Pietro Aretino

I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. — Al Pacino

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. — Louis Pasteur

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. — Thomas Sowell

Live your own truth and it won't matter how many lies they tell about you. The truth will prove itself. — Tony Gaskins

A lie is profanity. A lie is the worst thing in the world. Art is the ability to tell the truth. — Richard Pryor

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Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth. — Proverbs

Don't lie,Tell one lie,then you gotta tell another lie to compound on the first. — Meyer Lansky

Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it. — Martha Graham

If I tell you I'm good, you probably will say I'm boasting. But if I tell you I'm not good, you'll know I'm lying. — Bruce Lee

Telling Lies Image Quotes

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Telling lies quote by Proverbs

Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth. — Proverbs

Telling lies quote by Kid Cudi

Not many people are true, fake as the lies they tell — Kid Cudi

Telling lies quote Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.
Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.

Stop Telling Lies Quotes

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The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself. — James Wolcott

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. — Adlai E. Stevenson

My father is a liar and so am I. But I’m going to stop. I have to stop. I will tell you my story and I will tell it straight. No lies, no omissions. That’s my promise. This time I truly mean it. — Justine Larbalestier

Telling lies quote The government will one day be corrput and filled with liars and the people will
The government will one day be corrput and filled with liars and the people will flock to the one who tells the truth.

If a guy's ever telling you a four-hour sex story with a straight face, just feel sorry for him. Not for lying to you, but for lying to himself. As a matter of fact, stop him right in the middle of the story and just hug him. Nine times out of ten he'll just break down and cry. He knows you know. — Ray Romano

I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. — Adlai Stevenson

If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. — Adlai E. Stevenson

Telling lies quote Declarations of high confidence mainly tell you that an idividual has construced
Declarations of high confidence mainly tell you that an idividual has construced a coherent story in his mind, not necessarily that the story is true.

If any chef ever tells you they're not inspired equally by the truck-stop barbecue as they are by the four-star Michelin restaurant they are lying. — Padma Lakshmi

Sometimes the lies you tell are less frightening than the loneliness you might feel if you stopped telling them. — Brock Clarke

As I got warmed up, and felt perfectly at home in talk, I heard myself boasting, lying, exaggerating. Oh, not deliberately, far from it. It would be unconvivial and dull to stop and arrest the flow of talk, and speak only after carefully considering whether I was telling the truth. — Bernard Berenson

Read about the history of the place that we live in and stop letting corporate news tell lies to your children — Immortal Technique

Keep Telling Lies Quotes

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Trust grows when people see leaders translate their personal integrity into organizational fidelity. At the heart of fidelity lies truth-telling and promise-keeping. — Max De Pree

I am getting you a coffee machine. Your husband is a horrible person. He lies when he says hello. He cannot keep up with all the lies he tells. Everyone knows he is not to be trusted. Wake up Coffee machine on its way. — Ari Emanuel

The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming--to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you're not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise. — Alex Sanchez

Telling lies quote Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehood
Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.

Science is a set of rules to keep us from telling lies to each other. All scientists really have is a reputation for telling the truth. — Isaac Asimov

There are two reasons not to tell the truth--becuase lying will get you what you want, and because lying will keep someone from getting hurt. — Jodi Picoult

I tell Donald Trump that the establishment will tell their lies. They will try to keep him down. I tell him, 'Now Mr. Trump, they're treating you like a black man.' I say, 'Mr. President, you know what it's like to be a black man. No matter what you say or do, you are guilty as hell.' — Don King

Telling lies quote Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth.
Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth.

I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter — — J. K. Rowling

Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in. — Harry S Truman

I think it's important here to keep something in mind. I mean, when you're looking at last night and you see Matt Lauer unable to tell [Donald Trump], "Hey, you know what? You're lying here." — Eric Bolling

The best writing advice I ever got was "Keep moving forward, don't retreat into rewrites." The worst came from a book that said "Writing fiction is like telling lies," which just seems stupid to me. — David B. Coe

They Start Telling Lies Quotes

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Once you start thinking about the lies people tell when they don't know they're telling them, the truths people reveal when they think they're lying, then you can start to build a world. — Sarah Rees Brennan

How do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists, then believe what they read. — Karl Kraus

It's amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you'd simply told the truth. — John Grisham

I was starting to realize the extent of the problem here: everyone is always lying to each other, and even when they're trying to tell the truth, it can still be misleading or wrong. In fact, it almost always is wrong from at least one angle. I mean, the truth is really just a better class of lie. — Frank Portman

Someone Telling Lies Quotes

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I suppose everyone tells little white lies. Quite often they're necessary to make someone feel better or prevent feelings from being hurt. Whoppers? No, that's dangerous and they'll boomerang. — Richard Chamberlain

It's a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies. The only variable is about what. The weird thing about telling someone they're dying is it tends to focus their priorities. You find out what matters to them. What they're willing to die for... What they're willing to lie for. — David Shore

Playing the guitar is like telling the truth - you never have to worry about repeating the same [lie] if you told the truth. You don't have to pretend, or cover up. If someone asks you again, you don't have to think about it or worry about it because there it is. It's you. — B. B. King

When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. — Khaled Hosseini

If a citizen who's committed many crimes, instead of going to prison would say something against me or another politician, or against any other well known person ... I don't want to be disrespectful to anybody but someone who's killed twenty people could easily tell a lie. — Giulio Andreotti

Hold everything. I missed a four-way chick fight. Then I find out someone's been nibbling." William's attention shifted to Olivia, who was still lying on the floor. "Please tell me our sweet little angel is the biter. It'll make me want her ever so much more. — Gena Showalter

I like the idea of what happens when someone tells a small white lie - which I think is the premise of the show - and how it has ripple effects, so really it's also about raising the stakes of this little lie. — Darren Star

...hear rumors and go digging for the painful truth beneath the lovely lies. You believe you have a right to these things, but you don't. When someone tells you a piece of their life, they're giving you a gift, not granting you your due. — Patrick Rothfuss

I hear that whenever someone in the White House tells a lie, Nixon gets a royalty. — Johnny Carson

I don't want some pretty face to tell me pretty lies, all I want is someone to believe. — Billy Joel

Friends Telling Lies Quotes

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Admittedly, there is a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face. — Ronald Reagan

Your friends will notice at once that glib vacuities fail to impress, and hate you, and tell lies about you. It's worth it. — Aleister Crowley

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory. The old lie: It is sweet and fitting that you should die for your country. — Wilfred Owen

In this play we're dealing with relative truths - who's lying, who's telling the truth. But underneath that, Ed and I have hit this deeper level of intimacy between old friends that comes out in the play. — Fred Ward

I refuse to stand up in front of a rabbi and my friends and the woman I love - who I will tell you I can love with all my heart - and promise she will be the only one I will ever have until the day I die. That's a lie. — Gene Simmons

I have a friend who is an excellent liar. His secret: Believe the lie yourself when you're telling it. — Jack Heffron

To me, horror is when I see somebody lying. I mean a person I know. A friend. And he's telling me something that I accept. And then suddenly, as he or she is telling it, there's something that gives them away. They're not telling me the truth. — Jonathan Frid

Lies," Mr Solomon said the next morning as he walked into the classroom. "We tell them to our friends," he said. "We tell them to our enemies. And eventually...we tell them to ourselves. — Ally Carter

Tell her we don’t bite.” “I don’t lie to my friends. — Nalini Singh

Always Telling Lies Quotes

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Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other. — Thomas Jefferson

Bear in mind, my children, that only cowards and those who are weak commit sin and tell lies. The brave are always moral. Try to be moral, try to be brave, try to be sympathising. — Swami Vivekananda

I'm plotting revolution against this lie that the majority has a monopoly of the truth. What are these truths that always bring the majority rallying round? Truths so elderly they are practically senile. And when a truth is as old as that, gentlemen, you can hardly tell it from a lie. — Henrik Ibsen

Always tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember what you said. — Mark Twain

I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk. — Mark Haddon

When I was little, I would always lie about the stupidest things. In kindergarten or first grade, I would tell people I had tigers living in my attic and a room full of gold. — Kendall Jenner

Experience is always a trustworthy guide; it may not tell you everything, but it never lies. — George Sand

You mustn't always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer. — Pablo Picasso

I'm a very firm believer that a liar is a cheat and a thief and a crook. I don't like liars. I never lie. I always told my own child, "If you murder somebody, tell me. I'll help you hide the body. But don't you lie to me. — Leona Helmsley

A white lie is always pardonable. But he who tells the truth without compulsion merits no leniency. — Karl Kraus

Family Telling Lies Quotes

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Vanity is a strong temptation to lying; it makes people magnify their merit, over flourish their family, and tell strange stories of their interest and acquaintance. — Jeremy Collier

Jimmy says he'll never tell a lie. Well, I lie all the time. 1 have to - to balance the family ticket. — Lillian Gordy Carter

Never write an advertisement which you wouldn't want your family to read. You wouldn't tell lies to your own wife. Don't tell them to mine. — David Ogilvy

I'm already popular in my city. I was just trying to get rich. Man, I'm not gonna lie to you; I didn't really want to go back to school. I mean, my family was mad about that. Because, you know, you tell your family you want to rap, and they look at you like you're crazy. — Lil Uzi Vert

True success - financial, personal, and professional - lies above all in loving your family, working hard, and living your passion. In telling your story. In authenticity, hustle, and patience. In caring fiercely about the big and the small stuff. In valuing legacy over currency. — Gary Vaynerchuk

Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window. Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family tradition in many families. — Keith Henson

Generally if you're a daughter in a Mexican family, no one wants to tell you anything; they tell you the healthy lies about your family. — Sandra Cisneros

I wish I could anticipate some of the stories and lies that will be told. It's going to be great to get everyone together so we can tell all of the families, all of the wives and children, just how good we were because they never got to see us play. — Larry Conley

Lies We Tell Ourselves Quotes

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Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies. — Jim Morrison

The biggest lie is the lie we tell ourselves in the distorted visions we have of ourselves, blocking out some sections, enhancing others. What remains are not the cold facts of life, but how we perceive them. That's really who we are. — Kirk Douglas

Deliver us from evil - from moral duplicity and weakness, from laziness and spiritual complacency, from those lies we tell ourselves from our fear of facing the truth. — Rich Mullins

The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we're afraid.We fear we will not find love,and when we find it we fear we'll lose it. We fear that if we don't have love we will be unhappy. — Richard Bach

One of the lies that we tell ourselves is that we're making progress; but Huey's chair's empty. — H. Rap Brown

The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. — Richard Bach

There are some things that we know are just not as pleasant as the lies that we tell ourselves, and in that sense in order to endure existence everyone endures a certain amount of dishonesty in their everyday lives. — Todd Rundgren

Words are such powerful things. We can rip somebody apart with them, we can write words down that can forever hurt another person. We can use them to tell stories and lies. We can misquote them and change what other people said to make ourselves look good. — Joan Bauer

Mythology tells us that where you stumble, there your treasure is ... The world is a match for us, and we’re a match for the world. And where it seems most challenging lies the greatest invitation to find deeper and greater power in ourselves. — Joseph Campbell

And you take care, too, Shahara. Remember the lies we tell ourselves to survive seldom bring peace to our souls. (Nero) — Sherrilyn Kenyon

Truth And Lies Quotes

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The truth is the greatest enemy of the State. — Unknown Author

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth. — William Faulkner

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. — Unknown Author

Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie. — Miyamoto Musashi

The Republican Party can lead any person to believe that their promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line – no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth. — John F. Kennedy

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Who lies for you will lie against you. — John Locke

A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority. — Rick Warren

Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide. — Ice Cube

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. — Vincent de Paul

Lies And Liars Quotes

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All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed. — I. F. Stone

When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say. — George R. R. Martin

Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. — Lyman Beecher

It is worse for a liar to tell the truth than for a lover of truth to lie.... There is a truth which is of Satan. Its essence is that under the semblance of truth it denies everything that is real. It lives upon hatred of the real world which is created and loved by God. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

They say that it is the practiced liar who can deceive. But so often the practiced and chronic liar deceives only himself; it is the man who all his life has been selfconvicted of veracity whose lies find quickest credence. — William Faulkner

People lie. They use you and they lie, all the while feeding you bullshit about being loyal and never leaving you. No one can make that promise, because life is all about seasons, and seasons change. — Tarryn Fisher

The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves. — Daniel Webster

No one believes a liar. Even when she's telling the truth. — Sara Shepard

If you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory. — Jesse Ventura

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More Telling Lies Quotes

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There's a lie that all drivers tell themselves. Death is something that happens to other people, and that's how you find the courage to get in the car in the first place. The closer you are to death the more alive you feel. But more powerful than fear itself, is the will to win. — James Hunt

A virgin can conceive. A dead body can walk again. Your leprosy can be cured. The blind can see. Nonsense. It’s not moral to lie to children. It’s not moral to lie to ignorant, uneducated people and tell them that if they only would believe nonsense, they can be saved. It’s immoral. — Christopher Hitchens

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. — Maya Angelou

We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. — Tad Williams

What if all those terrible stories you tell yourself about yourself aren’t true? What if the limits you self-impose on your capabilities are a lie? Consider the possibility. Then modify your behavior accordingly. — Rich Roll

They say 'life is precious'. To who? To you, when you're young and you've got a few dollars in your pocket. Tell that to the 90-year-old lying awake at the graveyard shift in the nursing home, groaning with dementia. The only reason he hasn't killed himself is that he hasn't figured out a way he can do it with pudding. — Doug Stanhope

Christians don't tell lies, they just go to church and sing them. How many times have you stood and sang, “Take my life and let it be” when you haven't given Him one ounce? — Leonard Ravenhill

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. — H. L. Mencken

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time. — Thomas Jefferson

Provided we can escape from the museums we carry around inside us, provided we can stop selling ourselves tickets to the galleries in our own skulls, we can begin to contemplate an art which re-creates the goal of the sorcerer: changing the structure of reality by the manipulation of living symbols ... Art tells gorgeous lies that come true. — Hakim Bey

Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie. — Steven Pressfield

In order to understand the interrelation of truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself, the constant incessant lies he tells himself. — G. I. Gurdjieff

Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person's seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next. — Elisabeth Elliot

Freedom of the press is essential to the preservation of a democracy; but there is a difference between freedom and license. Editorialists who tell downright lies in order to advance their own agendas do more to discredit the press than all the censors in the world. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying. — Josh Billings

What's wrong with our children? Adults telling children to be honest while lying and cheating. Adults telling children to not be violent while marketing and glorifying violence... I believe that adult hypocrisy is the biggest problem children face in America. — Marian Wright Edelman

Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through it — Eric Ambler

Telling lies and showing off to get attention are mistakes I made that I don't want my kids to make. — Jane Fonda

It’s better to eat salty food and speak the truth than to eat vegetarian and tell lies. — Vietnamese Proverbs

Telling lies and showing off to get attention are the mistakes I made that I don't want my kids to make. — Jane Fonda

Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men. — John Stoltenberg

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