Lying

To a quite unwreckable Lie,
To a most impeccable Lie!
To a water-tight, fire-proof, angle-iron, sunk-hinge, time-lock, steel-faced Lie!
Not a private hansom Lie,
But a pair-and-brougham Lie,
Not a little-place-at-Tooting, but a country-house-with-shooting
And a ring-fence-deer-park Lie.
—-Kipling

Aug 212017
 

“The check is in the mail” is sometimes true but “I was being funny” never is.

Aug 182017
 

Science-based is to science what people’s republics are to republics.

Jul 262017
 

By the time we are old enough to say what we please we have lost the habit.

Jun 012017
 

We immediately recognize excess precision as a sign of lying, except in a statistic.

May 012017
 

The two great moral lessons of our time: we must celebrate our differences; and we are all the same.

Apr 242017
 

The Masses, pl. n.   A gigantic, perfectly secret society to which no one has yet admitted belonging.

Apr 112017
 

Men first lie and cheat for sport, then for trinkets, and finally for great ends, having formed the habit.

Jan 272017
 

We are told that the enemy is privilege; in fact it is distinction.

Jan 172017
 

We generally adopt a new opinion by persuading ourselves that we have always held it.