So the last shall be told that they are first, and the first that they are last: for many be hectored, but few persuaded.
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.
We begin to enjoy being called boys and girls when we know that we no longer are.
The expressed desire to hear the unvarnished truth is among the world’s most popular lies.
“Middle age” is the most optimistic phrase in the English language.
It is possible, though unusual, to acquire the habit of finding truths comforting and lies unpleasant.
Always speak Truth to Power, once you’re sure Power isn’t going to option your novel.
There are beliefs that are useful to hold, and beliefs that are useful to advertise, which have almost nothing in common.
The excuse is never buried more than three reasons deep.
Accuracy is the last refuge of a liar.
The truth is sometimes plausible, the lie always is.