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

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.

Feb 282018
 

The excuse is never buried more than three reasons deep.

Nov 232017
 

Accuracy is the last refuge of a liar.

Oct 112017
 

The truth is sometimes plausible, the lie always is.

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.