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

Jan 092020
 

Sixty years ago we were repressed, and there were a few things it was dangerous to say. Today we are liberated, and there are a great many.

Dec 172019
 

We say that it can’t be true when we mean that it mustn’t.

Dec 062019
 

No one inveighs so strictly against ad hominem as degenerate liars.

Oct 222019
 

Lies are products, and supply must be commensurate with demand.

Oct 172019
 

The check is sometimes in the mail, but no one has ever been just curious.

Oct 032019
 

Clever lies are as common as clever truths are rare.

Oct 012019
 

It’s not usually the truth that’s being shoved down your throat.

Sep 302019
 

“We” means neither me nor thee.

Sep 172019
 

The subtle tempter praises mediocrity to attack excellence, and deviance to attack normality.