That we would have been above the absurd beliefs and barbaric practices of other times — this absurd belief abets our barbaric practices.
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 heartfelt periodic resolutions to give up a vice are no small part of its enjoyment.
You never violate your principles: you only discover that they are not what you thought they were.
Liars love to be lied to: indeed they insist on it.
The facts lie chiefly in their arrangement.
One becomes known as a liar by lying badly.
To persuade a man, convince him not that the idea is sound but that it is his own.
Arguable, adj. What one is unwilling to argue about.
Great rewards await those who supply the rich and powerful with reasons for whatever they were going to do in the first place.
Rhetoric, n. An argument that one is unwilling to believe and unable to refute. Cf. sophistry.