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

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.

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.