When the numbers don’t come out as you would like, the first resort is to change the way you count; the second is to stop counting.
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.
The habitual liar suffers most for his spasms of honesty.
Impostor syndrome, n. The realization that you are, in fact, an impostor.
A single betrayal, revealed at the proper time, can retrospectively poison a man’s whole life.
Censorship, n. Official liars unionizing to keep out competition.
I respect pretense, which suggests shame.
To live with lies is, eventually, to live by them.
Some lies help you succeed, and some truths help you fail.
In good prose lies sound unnatural.
A truth it profits no one to reveal never will be.