Lying – Page 9 – Everything


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.

Jan 272017

We are told that the enemy is privilege; in fact it is distinction.

Jan 172017

We generally adopt a new opinion by persuading ourselves that we have always held it.

Dec 222016

To imagine oneself facing an unpleasant truth — few sensations are as pleasant.

Nov 252016

That we would have been above the absurd beliefs and barbaric practices of other times — this absurd belief abets our barbaric practices.

Nov 082016

The heartfelt periodic resolutions to give up a vice are no small part of its enjoyment.

Sep 232016

You never violate your principles: you only discover that they are not what you thought they were.

Aug 022016

Liars love to be lied to: indeed they insist on it.

Jul 132016

The facts lie chiefly in their arrangement.

Jun 092016

One becomes known as a liar by lying badly.

Mar 312016

To plant an idea in a man’s mind, persuade him not that it is true but that it is his own.