Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Open thread - Wednesday

Some people, including a Founding Father, take a dim view of the habit of lying. This affliction runs in a well known family...

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual. ~ Thomas Jefferson

"It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies." ~ Arthur Calwell

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. ~ John F. Kennedy

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. ~ Abraham Lincoln

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain

Who lies for you will lie against you. ~Bosnian Proverb

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. ~Abraham Lincoln

A half truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. ~Aristotle

With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back. ~Russian proverb

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. ~Author Unknown

We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. ~Tad Williams

Truth fears no questions. ~Unknown

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. ~Thomas Jefferson

Always tell the truth. If you can't always tell the truth, don't lie. ~Author Unknown