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.

Jun 212018

“Middle age” is the most optimistic phrase in the English language.

May 142018

It is possible, though unusual, to acquire the habit of finding truths comforting and lies unpleasant.

Apr 112018

Always speak Truth to Power, once you’re sure Power isn’t going to option your novel.

Mar 162018

There are beliefs that are useful to hold, and beliefs that are useful to advertise, which have almost nothing in common.

Feb 282018

The excuse is never buried more than three reasons deep.

Nov 232017

Accuracy is the last refuge of a liar.

Oct 112017

The truth is sometimes plausible, the lie always is.

Aug 212017

“The check is in the mail” is sometimes true but “I was being funny” never is.

Aug 182017

Science-based is to science what people’s republics are to republics.

Jul 262017

By the time we are old enough to say what we please we have lost the habit.