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

Sep 022019
 

A truth is sometimes told in public, but almost always by accident.

Aug 062019
 

“Be honest”: An injunction to lie.

Aug 022019
 

A little truth, hard-won, can last a man for life. It is lies and nonsense for which a tolerance soon becomes a taste, a taste an appetite, and an appetite at last an insatiable craving.

Jul 242019
 

To learn the status of an identity, count how many people fake it.

Jul 232019
 

It isn’t true.
It doesn’t matter if it’s true.
No one should talk about it.
Why are you talking about it?

Jul 122019
 

The more obvious the truth, the more severely its utterance is punished.

Jun 282019
 

For those who flatter us we have many nasty names, but never liar.

Jun 242019
 

The idea that smoke implies fire cannot survive a professional class of industrious smoke merchants.

May 292019
 

Group differences never reflect on the individual, only the other members of the group.

May 282019
 

The in-group and out-group are praised and blamed by the same people for exactly the same policies, and the bulk of American political commentary consists of party flacks pointing this out about the flacks of the other party.