To be better it is first necessary to pretend to be; and objections to improvement often masquerade as objections to pretense.
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.
No one wants equality except with his betters.
If you think about whether you are genuine, too late.
We are such accomplished liars because we get so much practice on ourselves.
The greater good is evil: the larger truth is a lie.
To listen to people with talent, you might almost believe that there is no such thing.
The stupid delude themselves that anything is possible; the clever, that whatever they cannot do cannot be done.
Optimism is the philosophy of despair.
We lie first about money, then about art; sex runs a distant third.
Nothing is more exasperating than being lied to when both of you know and neither will admit it; yet this goes on all the time.