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

Dec 122018
 

What matters is not the size of the lie but its endless repetition: we imagine a big lie is easier to swallow because there is no point in wasting the propaganda apparatus on a small one.

Dec 052018
 

Commiseration, n.   The feeling of relief that there are some problems you don’t have.

Oct 242018
 

The man at pains to conceal his enviable qualities will be envied for his modesty.

Jul 302018
 

So the last shall be told that they are first, and the first that they are last: for many be hectored, but few persuaded.

Jul 242018
 

We begin to enjoy being called boys and girls when we know that we no longer are.

Jun 272018
 

The expressed desire to hear the unvarnished truth is among the world’s most popular lies.

Jun 212018
 

“Middle age” is the most optimistic phrase in the English language.

May 142018
 

It is possible, though unusual, to acquire the habit of finding truths comforting and lies unpleasant.

Apr 112018
 

Always speak Truth to Power, once you’re sure Power isn’t going to option your novel.

Mar 162018
 

There are beliefs that are useful to hold, and beliefs that are useful to advertise, which have almost nothing in common.