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 192015
 

To catch one lie is to see one cockroach.

Apr 282015
 

When people say that you’re consistent they mean that you’re deranged.

Apr 212015
 

When I’m serious I’m partly joking, and when I’m joking I’m entirely serious.

Apr 142015
 

The weak often want to be thought wicked, but the wicked never want to be thought weak.

Apr 072015
 

The man who undertakes to rid himself of his illusions and biases can end up like an old painting, improperly cleaned.

Jan 292015
 

The fanatic merely acts on his creed. His opposite is the hypocrite, and there is no third alternative.

Jan 122015
 

No one wants realism in fiction — only a bit of reality tinsel to decorate the old myths.

Jan 022015
 

You call a man a cynic when you can’t call him wrong, and an idealist when you don’t want to.

Oct 032014
 

Whoever despises the means does not desire the end.

Sep 262014
 

The expert liar rarely misstates a fact.