If you can convince a man to believe nothing, you can convince him to believe anything.
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.
What matters is not the size of the lie but its endless repetition: we imagine a big lie is easier to swallow because there is no point in wasting the propaganda apparatus on a small one.
Commiseration, n. The feeling of relief that there are some problems you don’t have.
The man at pains to conceal his enviable qualities will be envied for his modesty.
So the last shall be told that they are first, and the first that they are last: for many be hectored, but few persuaded.
We begin to enjoy being called boys and girls when we know that we no longer are.
The expressed desire to hear the unvarnished truth is among the world’s most popular lies.
“Middle age” is the most optimistic phrase in the English language.
It is possible, though unusual, to acquire the habit of finding truths comforting and lies unpleasant.
Always speak Truth to Power, once you’re sure Power isn’t going to option your novel.