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477 Best I Know You're Lying But Continue Quotes

1. “The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” – George Carlin


2. “Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”


3. “Each lie is as a chain wrapped around the soul, binding and choking the very life within.” — Jill.M Tomlinson


4. “It’s better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” – George Washington


5. “Isn’t strength the ability to renounce every lie in your heart?” ― Bisco Hatori


6. “The difference between the truth and a lie is that both of them can hurt, but only one will take the time to heal you afterward.” ~ Mira Grant


7. “But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.”


8. “When you learn that a truth is a lie, anger follows.” – Grace Slick


9. “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” ~ Jimi Hendrix


10. “It is always fun to listen to lies when you already know the truth.”


11. “I couldn’t believe my grandmother would be lying to me. She went to church every morning of the week and she said grace before every meal, and somebody who did that would never tell lies. I was beginning to believe every word she spoke. ”


12. “I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying. It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected, sooner or later.” ~ Lord Chesterfield


13. “People can choose between the sweet lie or the bitter truth. I say the bitter truth, but many people don’t want to hear it.” — Lieberman


14. “Half the world knows not how the other half lies.” ~ George Herbert


15. “I’m not bragging when I say that I’m one of the best liars in the world but I got to tell you, Todd was pretty doggone good. It seemed like he knew some of the things I know, the things I think of all the time and try to remember so I don’t make the same mistake more than seven or eight times.”


16. “Stop lying to yourself. When we deny our own truth, we deny our own potential.” – Steve Maraboli


17. “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ~ Charles Spurgeon


18. “Lying affects the kind of choices you make on daily basis as a result affects your happiness as a whole.” — Debbie David’s


19. “Of course, being a financial journalist is not the career I always wanted. No one who writes about personal finance ever meant to do it. People tell you they “fell into” personal finance. They’re lying. What they mean is they couldn’t get a job writing about anything more interesting.”


20. “A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour.” – Jonathan Swift


21. “One lie spoils a thousand truths.” – African Proverb


22. “Don’t lie to me. Just don’t. It makes you look ridiculous and makes me feel like a fool for staying in your life.”


23. “When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.” – Khaled Hosseini


24. “A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.” – Alfred Tennyson


25. “A half-truth is the worst of all lies because it can be defended in partiality.” ~ Solon


26. “Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.”


27. “There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.”


28. “- Woman on radio: The choice is clear. The Arion 620, the American-made car for American-made drivers.


29. “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” ~ Plato


30. “A lie's a lie. Dressing it in white doesn't help it.”


31. “MAKING THE LIE MAKE SENSE:


32. “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain


33. “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”


34. “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar but is a stab at the health of human society.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


35. “With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.” –Russian Proverb


36. “People lie because they are ashamed of what they’ve done, people lie because they are scared to face the truth, people lie because they can’t face the world.” — Unknown


37. “Never argue with someone who believes their own lies.” — Unknown


38. “Always sleep with one eye open. Never take anything for granted. Your best friends might just be your enemies.” – Sara Shepard


39. “Every time you lie, it brings me a little closer to goodbye.” – Unknown


40. “You are telling me the things that I want to hear but unfortunately, I already know the truth.” – Anonymous


41. “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” ~ Stephen King


42. “The worst part about being lied to is knowing that to that person, you weren’t worth the truth.”


43. “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest.” – Unknown


44. “Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” ~ Ron Paul


45. “Don’t lie to me unless you are absolutely sure that I will never find the truth.” — Ashleigh Brilliant


46. “Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.” ~ Epictetus


47. “Lying is done with words, and also with silence.”


48. “If you want to know if someone is lying to you, start by living a truthful life. Once you live in the truth you will not be easily deceived.” – Molly Friederfeld


49. “I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


50. “That is the curse of lying. Once you place that crown of the liar upon your head, you can take it off again, but it leaves a stain for all time.” – Terry Goodkind


51. “It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”


52. “It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.” ~ Arthur Calwell


53. “Lies can sound awfully pretty when a girl is in love with the person telling them.” – Gabrielle Zevin


54. “Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.” – Unknown


55. “- Alice: You lied to me.


56. “If you stop telling lies about me, I’ll stop telling the truth about you.” — Unknown


57. “One like has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.” – Al David


58. “I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”


59. “The truth is always an insult or a joke, lies are generally tastier. We love them. The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone's comfort”


60. “- Henry Frapp: I holed up behind some rocks' but that didn't do no good... because they just kept on a-comin', entire Sioux nation. Me outta powder, outta lead. Goddamn, I was one scared nigger!


61. “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.” – Tim O’Brien


62. “Most people recognize a lie when you tell it. And even if they’re not sure, you’ve left a residue of doubt and mistrust.” – Barrie Davenport


63. “Here’s why, diary. Because I’m lying in bra and pants in stifling heat on a new bed in a new twin-bed room in the new Olympic village in Rome and somehow we’ve lost twelve hours and the dates are wrong.”


64. “I guess sometimes you have to lie to find the truth.” – Scott Westerfeld


65. “- 'Joliet' Jake Blues: They're not the kinda guys who write letters. You were outside, I was inside. You were supposed to keep in touch with the band. I kept asking you if we were gonna play again.


66. “In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.”


67. “Cheating and lying aren't struggles, they're reasons to break up.” – Patti Callahan Henry


68. “A lie is enough to prove you are a liar. Lies help people to forget about the things you have done in the past and remain constant for whole future as doubt.” – Nishan Panwar


69. “There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


70. “Liars are always most disposed to swear.” – Vittorio Alfieri


71. “A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.” – Thomas Fuller


72. “With every second that went past, with every sentence she spoke, she felt a little strength flowing back. And now that she was doing something difficult and familiar and never quite predictable, namely lying, she felt a sort of mastery again, the same sense of complexity and control that the alethiometer gave her.”


73. “Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.”


74. “It hurts when you tell lie and I already know the truth.” – Margaery


75. “A storyteller makes up things to help other people; a liar makes up things to help himself.” – Daniel Wallace


76. “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.” — Thomas Jefferson


77. “Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” -Roger Ebert


78. “Lies require commitment.”


79. “Lying to avoid problems is like getting drunk to forget them. It’s a temporary solution with the worst sort of hangover. Your problems are still there but are even bigger because now, you can’t be trusted.” — Michael Josephson


80. “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.” – Thomas Jefferson


81. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.”


82. “If what he said was the truth, it broke her heart. If what he said was a lie, it was broken anyway.” ― Christine Feehan


83. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


84. “The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those living a lie.”


85. “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf


86. “- Danny Pope: If you want to go back, that's fine with me.


87. “I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't.”


88. “When you already know the truth… Just smile and enjoy the lies.” – Tanmay Sharma.


89. “I lie in person and on the phone. I lie to my friends. I lie to newspapers and magazines who, who sell my lies to more and more people. I am just a part of a big cycle of lies, I should be fuckin' president.”


90. “Anything is better than lies and deceit!” – Leo Tolstoy


91. “Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak, and notice more than you realize.”


92. “Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake.” – Suzy Kassem


93. “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


94. “The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”


95. “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”


96. “You told me a great lie. I haven’t said anything, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know the truth.”


97. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche


98. “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded.” ~ Alexander Pope


99. “Lying is the most fun a woman can have without taking her clothes off.” – Natalie Portman


100. “Ronan said, "I'm always straight."


101. “Don’t disrespect me, lie about it, and then come smile in my face and act like nothing’s wrong.” — Scottie Pippen


102. “The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.” ~ George Bernard Shaw


103. “The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them.”


104. “Telling one lie almost always requires another, and before the storyteller knows it, they will be caught inside of their own web.” – Jenna Alatari


105. “The truth is always an insult or a joke, lies are generally tastier. We love them. The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone’s comfort.”


106. “You know the truth by the way it feels.” – Unknown


107. “People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt.” ― Otto von Bismarck


108. “A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.” — Alfred Tennyson


109. “Advertising is legalized lying.” ~ H. G. Wells


110. “The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off!”


111. “You practice anything a long time, you get good at it. You tell a hundred lies a day, it sounds like the truth. Everyone betrays everyone.”


112. “Now Minnie likes just about everybody, but she sure don’t like Mexicans. So when you tell me, Minnie went to North side to visit her mama? Well I find that highly unlikely, but okay. Maybe.”


113. “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” –Daniel Patrick Moynihan


114. “When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.”


115. “Ask a question you already have the answer to, and you’ll quickly find out if someone is a liar.” — Unknown


116. “We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to them.” – Samuel Butler


117. “Big or small, lies are lies.”


118. “It’s not the lies that bother me, it is the insult to my intelligence that I find offensive.”


119. “Also, you’ll find out soon enough that John distorts—when he isn’t out-and-out lying. For example, in Problems in American Democracy the other day, Mr. Weiner asked him what kind of homes early American settlers lived in, and John said tree huts. Now John knows early American settlers didn’t live in tree huts, but he’ll do just about anything to stir up some excitement.”


120. “Sometimes you just have to listen to the lies even though you know the truth.” — Brunda Kale


121. “Direct lies, small lies, huge lies, and lies of omission… these are all self-serving and sources of self-destruction.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin


122. “It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” ~ Noel Coward


123. “Given a choice between life and death, choose life. Given a choice between right and wrong, choose what’s right. And given a choice between a terrible truth and a beautiful lie, choose the truth every time.” ― Mira Grant


124. “I find that, lately, even lying to myself comes easily.”


125. “A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.” – Edgar J. Mohn


126. “I'd rather hear an ugly truth, rather than an obscure lie.” – Ana Monnar


127. “Our lie is like a cancer that's spread to every single area of our lives.” – Simone Elkeles


128. “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.” – Michael Jackson


129. “The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!” ~ Tennessee Williams


130. “There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


131. “The worst part about being lied to is knowing that to that person, you weren’t worth the truth.” – Anonymous


132. “Don’t disrespect me, lie about it, and then come smile in my face and act like nothing’s wrong.” – Scottie Pippen


133. “When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.”


134. “Escape from the trap of lies is in learning, and improving through constant practice (just like learning to play golf or tennis), the ability to tell the truth.” — Brad Blanton


135. “Always be truthful, especially to yourself. The worst thing one can do is lie to self.” — Unknown


136. “I don’t know about you, but I can tell when someone’s lying. They can’t look you in the eye – they look you in the bridge of your nose.” — Michael Musto


137. “Lies aren’t answers.”


138. “There is beauty in truth, even if it's painful. Those who lie, twist life so that it looks tasty to the lazy, brilliant to the ignorant, and powerful to the weak. But lies only strengthen our defects. They don't teach anything, help anything, fix anything or cure anything. Nor do they develop one's character, one's mind, one's heart or one's soul.”


139. “Sometimes the point isn't to make people believe a lie; it's to make people fear the liar.” – Anne Applebaum


140. “I don’t know what’s worse. People who lie or people who think I am stupid enough to believe the lies.”


141. “Mean people don’t bother me. Mean people who disguise themselves as nice people bother me a lot.” – Cindy Cummings Johnson


142. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” – Winston Churchill


143. “Sometimes you just have to listen to the lies even though you know the truth.” – Brunda Kale


144. “Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky


145. “The truth is messy. It’s raw and uncomfortable. You can’t blame people for preferring lies.” – Holly Black


146. “The truth is, you’re the reason I don’t believe in love anymore.” — Unknown


147. “The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones.” – Cheryl Hughes


148. “A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbor.” ~ Jonathan Swift


149. “Deep down where I already know the truth… There lies a lie… a lie that is neatly dressed by a mask of pretentions and deliberate smiles. Life you are amazing. The strength lies in the mask you say…” — Kameshwari Kulkarni


150. “There are people so addicted to exaggeration that they actually can’t tell the truth without lying.” ~ Josh Billings


151. “I guess sometimes you have to lie to find the truth.”


152. “The awkward moment, when you know the truth, and they still continue to lie.”


153. “But before I could say anything, Myers blurted out, ‘I lied. Everything I said at McMillian’s trial was a lie. I’ve lost a lot of sleep and have been in a lot of pain over this. I can’t be quiet any longer.‘”


154. “When a liar became too skilled at deception, he could lose the ability to discern truth, and could himself be more easily deceived.” ~ Dean Koontz


155. “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.” – Mark Twain


156. “Never lie to someone who knows the truth! Once you do, winning their trust back becomes merely impossible.” – Nawaz


157. “Don’t lie to me unless you are absolutely sure that I will never find the truth.” – Ashleigh Brilliant


158. “You don’t lie to the person you love. It’s the most horrible thing to do as a lover.” – Unknown


159. “The best lies about me are the ones I told.”


160. ″... she didn’t tell the government about that in case she lost her pension. Which meant she was lying to them, even though she was always going mad at me for lying, except in my case I thought of it as decorating statements to make them sound more interesting.”


161. “Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.” ~ Anatole France


162. “I know the truth but have chosen to be silent for her happiness.” — Chirang


163. “Lies rob us of our trust and we project our untrustworthiness onto everyone around us. Have you ever noticed that the innocent are very trusting? They neither lie nor hold other people’s lies against them. Liars, on the other hand, see sabotage everywhere.” – Donna Goddard


164. “Maturity is when you know the other person is lying, but you just smile and let it go.” — Unknown


165. “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” ~ Walter Scott


166. “By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man.” ~ Immanuel Kant


167. “We lie to those we love.”


168. “We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us.” – Beth Moore


169. “If you’re going to lie, at least try to do it with a straight face. Your eyes are shifty, your nostrils flare, and you look guilty as sin. I deserve a much better liar than you.”


170. “Neither a fake friend nor a liar can be trusted, with a secret.” ― Ellen J. Barrier


171. “Picasso said art is a lie that tells the truth. What if you just want to tell the truth and not lie about it?” ~ Nicolas Cage


172. “Hard truths can be dealt with, triumphed over, but lies will destroy your soul.” – Patricia Briggs


173. “Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.”


174. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. ” — Winston Churchill


175. “I hate being lied straight to my face when I know every bit of the truth.” – Unknown


176. “I never lie," I said offhand. At least not to those I don't love.” – Anne Rice


177. “Want to know if someone is lying? Watch their eyes. People who are lying often close their eyes for more than a second at a time.” – Barrie Davenport


178. “There are 869 different forms of lying, but only one of them has been squarely forbidden. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” ~ Mark Twain


179. “There’s something so humiliating about being lied to when you know the truth. It’s like pretending the emperor is wearing clothes when it’s so clear he is not.” – Barrie Davenport


180. “You are still lying to me even though I know the truth already, which is why it hurts me so much.” — Ibadondor Marwein


181. ″So who were you? I saw your height and your hair, but I couldn’t see your face clearly enough.


182. “I think the biggest lie the devil ever told was that beauty and goodness are the same.” ― Daniel Nayeri


183. “Never lie to someone who knows the truth! Once you do, winning their trust back becomes merely impossible.” — Nawaz


184. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”


185. “One lie spoils a thousand truths.” — African Proverb


186. “I don’t need to know everything but I do need to know that what you are telling me is true.”– Anonymous


187. “Always sleep with one eye open. Never take anything for granted. Your best friends might just be your enemies.”


188. “He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.” ~ Alexander Pope , Telling lying quotes


189. “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”


190. “The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.” – Ann Landers


191. “Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.”


192. “When your ears hear one thing, but your eyes see another. . . use your brain.” – Frank Sonnenberg


193. “Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they’re used.” – Max Brooks


194. “The more you defend a lie, the angrier you become.” – Mitch Albom


195. “A lie cannot live.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


196. “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”


197. “A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.” – Terry Pratchett


198. “There are two kinds of lies: lies that have short legs and lies that have a long nose. And yours are clearly the kind that have the long nose.”


199. “There’s something so humiliating about being lied to when you know the truth. It’s like pretending the emperor is wearing clothes when it’s so clear he is not.” — Barrie Davenport


200. “Gaslighters are habitual liars. They lie to your face and never change their story even if you have proof.” – Unknown


201. “Never lie to someone who trust you. Never trust someone who lies to you.” – Unknown


202. “Loving words are just a bunch of pretty verbal decorations if they’re not backed up by loving actions.” – Karen Salmansohn


203. “When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” – Yevgeny Yevtushenko


204. “Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”


205. “Sara Godfrey was lying on the bed tying a kerchief on the dog, Boysie. ‘Hold your chin up, Boysie, will you?’ she said as she braced herself on one elbow.”


206. “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


207. “What I want to tell you is, I think the English patient is not English.”


208. “Procrastinators will use lies to explain their delays or failures.” — John Tracy


209. “I was living a life of a lie, I really was.” — Tiger Wood


210. “I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth, that is when I will give my heart.” – Shakira


211. “I am stuffing your mouth with your promises and watching you vomit them out upon my face.” – Anne Sexton


212. “I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.” ~ Samuel Butler


213. “The bigger the lie, the more they believe it.”


214. “In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


215. “I know you never lie to me. I believe you. You're not lying. It's worse than lying. You've forgotten.”


216. “Because even if the lie is beautiful, the truth is what you face in the end.” ― Lauren DeStefano


217. “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”


218. “Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they're honest about everything.” – Chuck Klosterman


219. “I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.” – Ruta Sepetys


220. “Knowing can be a curse on a person's life. I'd traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn't know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can't ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.”


221. “I didn’t say you threw it. I just said ‘Run.’ You should’ve run.”


222. “A lie repeated many times doesn’t change the truth.” – Frank Sonenberg


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


224. “A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.” – Alfred Adler


225. “The truth doesn’t cost you anything, but the lies have the potential of costing you everything.”


226. “If a man, who says he loves you, won’t tell you the details of a private conversation between him and another woman you can be sure he is not protecting your heart. He is protecting himself and the women he has feelings for. Wise women simply see things as they are, not as their low self-esteem allows.”


227. “It's difficult to honest with others when you continue lying to yourself.” – Carlos Wallace


228. “Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”


229. “Most folks would rather hear a colorful lie over the truth any day.”


230. “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him or around him and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect, he ceases to love.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


231. “I love listening to lies when I know the truth.”


232. “The truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever.”


233. “Lying is just letting people believe what they want to be true.” – Megan Whalen Turner


234. “Nothing is more damaging when somebody tells you a lie but you know the truth.” – Anonymous


235. “The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.” ~ Adolf Hitler


236. “Why aren't you in school? I see you every day wandering around."


237. “Everything that comes out of her mouth is a lie. Everything that goes into her mouth is a dick.”


238. “There was a distinction between lying and telling half-truths, but it was a very narrow one.” – Alexander McCall Smith


239. “Don’t lie to me. Just don’t. It makes you look ridiculous and makes me feel like a fool for staying in your life.” – Unknown


240. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~ Mark Twain


241. “So you're always honest," I said.


242. “The tongue may hide the truth but the eyes, never.” – Mikhail Bulgakov


243. “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.” – Dorothy Allison


244. “Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you lived through it. Honor your path. Trust your journey. Learn, grow, evolve, become.” – Creig Crippen


245. “A good liar knows that the most efficient lie is always a truth that has had a key piece removed from it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon


246. “A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.” ~ Baltasar Gracian


247. “Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” ~ Criss Jami


248. “Many people would be very scared if they saw the face of their true character in the mirror.” – Unknown


249. “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


250. “It seemed there was no end at all to the lies a person could tell, once they got started.” – Kim Edwards


251. “For instance, he used when he was young to find it difficult to tell the truth always, but he wasn’t a very clever liar, because he couldn’t help blowing softly through his trunk when he was telling a lie...”


252. “Forgive and forget. It may not change the past but it gives the future a chance.” – Unknown


253. “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln


254. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


255. “Liars are always ready to take oaths.” – Vittorio Alfieri


256. “Lying is done with words, and also with silence.” – Adrienne Rich


257. “Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” – Roger Ebert


258. “Our minds thus grow in spots; and like grease spots, the spots spread. But we let them spread as little as possible: we keep unaltered as much of our old knowledge, as many of our old prejudices and beliefs, as we can.”


259. “Half of writing history is hiding the truth.”


260. “If you’re really successful at bullshitting, it means you’re not hanging around enough people smarter than you.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson


261. “Lies are as dangerous as a sword. They can cut to the bone.” – Dhonielle Clayton


262. “Don’t ever lie to someone to protect their feelings. They deserve the truth.” — Unknown


263. “Pain forces even the innocent to lie.” ~ Publilius Syrus


264. “People can choose between the sweet lie or the bitter truth. I say the bitter truth, but many people don't want to hear it.” – Avigdor Lieberman


265. “Once I saw them lying three deep. In a space not exceeding a hundred yards square more than four hundred corpses lay festering. Can you imagine the postures in which man, once created in the image of his Maker, had been twisted? Do not try, for were you to succeed you would ask yourself, with me: ‘Can I ever forget.”


266. “A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.” ~ Alfred Adler


267. “It was hard to live normally when you were constantly pretending you didn't see what was going on in front of your face.” – Cassandra Clare


268. “I am stuffing your mouth with your


269. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” – George Washington


270. “People start to lie more once they start to care less.” – Rain Cooper


271. “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” ~ Malcolm X


272. “Every time you lie, it brings me a little closer to goodbye.”


273. “The armour of falsehood is subtly wrought out of darkness, and hides a man not only from others, but from his own soul.” – E.M. Forster


274. “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


275. “The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.” – Terry Pratchett


276. “Even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it's used for selfish or cowardly reasons.” – Jeanne Birdsall


277. “At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right.” – Miguel de Unamuno


278. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln


279. “We say that lying is routine and yet we are surprised when someone lies to our face.” — Melvyn Fein


280. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” ~ Winston Churchill


281. “The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies.” — Thomas Jefferson


282. “Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak, and notice more than you realize.” – Unknown


283. “I can handle the truth. It’s the lies that kill me.”


284. “Maturity is when you know the other person is lying but you just smile and let it go.”


285. “The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his teeth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


286. “Low self-esteem arises when we listen to lies about ourselves.” — Richard Daly


287. “You can never hide from your truth. If you do, you will always be lost.” — Singh Yogi


288. “I love rumors! Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing.”


289. “You know as well as I do, that plenty of people playing this game, they don't think that way. They're willing to sell their souls, crawl through sewers, lie to people, divide them, play on their worst fears for nothing! Just for the prize.”


290. “It hurts the most when you know the truth already, and that person who’s very close to you keeps telling lies to you.”


291. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”


292. “When you already know the truth… Just smile and enjoy the lies.” — Tanmay Sharma


293. “I hate those moments when a person continuously telling lie but I know the truth.” – Anonymous


294. “The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they're lying, they know we know they're lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.” – Elena Gorokhova


295. “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky


296. “We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.” – Eric Hoffer


297. “Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.” – Paolo Coelho


298. “It’s essential, to tell the truth at all times. This will reduce life’s pain. Lying distorts reality. All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.” ~ John Bradshaw


299. “What an adventure it is to watch someone lie, when you know the truth! And yet you afford a smile! For now they don’t hold.. the place they had once tied!” – Henry Kolge


300. “Nothing is ever certain.”


301. “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.” ~ Otto von Bismarck


302. “We met less than a week ago and in that time I've done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance...all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I'm able.”


303. “Integrity is a bugger, it really is. Lying can get you into difficulties, but to really wind up in the crappers try telling nothing but the truth.” – David Mitchell


304. “The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject... And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them... Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.”


305. “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


306. “The worst part about being lied to is known that to that person, you weren’t worth the truth.” – Unknown


307. “I hate being lied straight to my face when I know every bit of the truth.” – Anonymous


308. “You think that not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth.”


309. “We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.” ~ Denis Diderot


310. “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


311. Are lies okay in a relationship?


312. “Speak your truth with grace and integrity, even though it might upset some people. You never know who else, besides yourself, it might help.” — Unknown


313. “The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.”


314. “Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.” ~ Stephen King


315. “People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies.” ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz


316. “When someone lies to you, it’s because they don’t respect you enough to be honest and they think you’re too stupid to not know the difference.”


317. “Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.” – Epictetus


318. “No one believes a liar. Even when she's telling the truth.” – Sara Shepard


319. “Be careful of who you spoil because after a while they’ll become rotten.”


320. “He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.” – Charles Peguy


321. “It is always fun to listen to lies when you already know the truth.” – Anonymous


322. “I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth, that is when I will give my heart.” — Shakira


323. “Forgiveness is not for the weak. Being able to forgive those who have wronged you is a mark of spiritual strength and confidence. When you forgive, you grow, your heart begins to heal, your back straightens up, your eyes clear so that you can see the road ahead. Anger is a spiritual sickness; but when you forgive, you live.” – Wael Abdelgawad


324. “Human relationships are mostly broken when your partner tells you a lie every day, but you know the truth.”


325. “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” ~ Donald James


326. “- Clarence: Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine.


327. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain


328. “When a man is penalized for honesty, he learns to lie.” – Criss Jami


329. “The truth is messy. It's raw and uncomfortable. You can't blame people for preferring lies.”


330. “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.” ~ H. L. Mencken


331. “When you learn that a truth is a lie, anger follows.” ~ Grace Slick


332. “The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then shut up.” – Robert A. Heinlein


333. “Sometimes I won’t admit I know you’re lying because I can’t admit how I found out.” – Unknown


334. “If what he said was the truth, it broke her heart. If what he said was a lie, it was broken anyway.” – Christine Feehan


335. “A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson


336. “Anything is better than lies and deceit!”


337. “We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.” – Denis Diderot


338. “Telling lies is a bit like tiling bathrooms – if you don’t know how to do it properly, it’s best not to try.” ― Tom Holt


339. “Your hypocrisy insults my intelligence.” – Toba Beta


340. “Oh, don't cry, I'm so sorry I cheated so much, but that's the way things are.”


341. “People can choose between the sweet lie or the bitter truth. I say the bitter truth, but many people don’t want to hear it.” – Lieberman


342. “When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko


343. “You’re not sorry you did it. You’re just sorry I found out.” – Unknown


344. “If you want to know if someone is lying to you, start by living a truthful life. Once you live in the truth, you will not be easily deceived.” — Molly Friederfeld


345. “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”


346. “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” – Bo Bennett


347. “You told me a great lie I haven’t said anything doesn’t mean I don’t know the truth.” – Anonymous


348. “You are telling me the things that I want to hear but unfortunately, I already know the truth.”


349. “It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.” – Rene Descartes


350. “You’re not sorry you did it. You’re just sorry I found out.”


351. “Lies have expiry dates but the truth never expires.” – Oche Otorkpa


352. “A single lie discovered is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed.” — Unknown


353. “I love listening to lies when I know the truth.” –Manoj


354. “Nothing is more damaging when somebody tells you a lie, but you know the truth.”


355. “A lie cannot live.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


356. “It hurts the most when you know the truth already and that person who’s very close to you keeps telling lie to you.”


357. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.”


358. “It wasn’t that she couldn’t lie to him. She could lie to anyone and make it good, if she had to—she’d certainly discovered that. But she didn’t want to, not to him or to Windy.”


359. “Every lie is a poison; there are no harmless lies. Only the truth is safe. Only the truth gives me consolation – it is the one unbreakable diamond.” ~ Leo Tolstoy


360. “If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.” – W. Somerset Maugham


361. “I thought about it, looking at the pictures and then at my grandfather, his face so earnest and open. What reason would he have to lie?”


362. “Lies are a temporary solution to a permanent problem.” – Unknown


363. “That was an order! Steiner's assault was an order! Who do you think you are to dare disobey an order I give? So this is what it has come to! The military has been lying to me. Everybody has been lying to me, even the SS! Our generals are just a bunch of contemptible, disloyal cowards.”


364. “There’s a tipping point with lies, a point where you’ve said something so many times that it feels truer than the truth.” – Holly Black


365. “The truth is everything in the end. It is the greatest power in the world to make all people equal. If everyone knows what the truth is, no one can use lies to separate those people and turn them against one another.” ~ Mel Odom


366. “I can tell when you’re lying to me. I’m not stupid. I’m just waiting for you to come clean.” – Unknown


367. “You know the truth, I know the truth. That’s enough for you to either be guilty or shameless. The world is not a concern.” — R.R Pithadia


368. “It's important that you don't lie to yourself. If you lie to yourself, you end up with burnout.” – Patrick Pichette


369. “The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as facts could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.” – J.K. Rowling


370. “You are still lying to me even though I know the truth already which is why it hurts me so much.” – Ibadondor Marwein


371. “Some people lie to boost their low self-esteem; some people lie to project their superiority. Some people lie to please or make others feel good; some people lie to belittle or hurt others. Some people lie to avoid responsibility or punishment; some people lie to achieve success or to seek personal gains.” — Dr. T.P.Chia


372. “Ask a question you already have the answer to, and you’ll quickly find out if someone is a liar.” – Unknown


373. “One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.” – Al David


374. “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.”


375. “Better to be hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” – Khaled Hosseini


376. “Don’t think I won’t know if you’re lying, I know how many bases you’ve been on, you red headed puritan. I will be able to tell fact from fiction.” – Quinn Loftis


377. “Mr. Valentine would never do something like that! Katherine said he couldn’t even bring himself to shoot a wolf cub! You’re lying!”


378. “All people know the same truth. Our lives consist of how we choose to distort it.” – Woody Allen


379. “Lies, especially the ones you want to believe , can be convincing.” – Lisa Whittle


380. “He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it the second time.” ~ Thomas Jefferson


381. “Big lies destroy trust and are almost never forgotten or forgiven.” — Carol Kinsey


382. “Given a choice between life and death, choose life. Given a choice between right and wrong, choose what's right. And given a choice between a terrible truth and a beautiful lie, choose the truth every time.” – Mira Grant


383. “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.” — Unknown


384. “Lying is a cooperative act. Think about it. A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance. Its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.”– Pamela Meyer


385. “Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior. If a man lies to you, he is behaving badly and unlovingly toward you. He is disrespecting you and your relationship. The words “I love you” are not enough to make up for that. Don’t kid yourself that they are.”


386. “Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.”


387. “A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.” ― Tim O’Brien


388. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset for knowing the truth already.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche


389. “Lies therefore appear to be an essential, if sometimes unwelcome, component of human interaction.” — Pamela Mye


390. “I hate being lied straight to my face when I know every bit of the truth.”


391. “I know you are lying to me, but I am not showing up to you.” – Riya Sera


392. “There are what I might call your Kamikaze-style liars. These’ll tell you a surreal and fundamentally incredible lie, and then pretend a crisis of conscience and retract the original lie, and then offer you the like they really want you to buy instead, so the real lie’ll appear a some kind of concession, a settlement with truth.”


393. “Anything is better than lies and deceit.” – Leo Tolstoy


394. “I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.” ~ Pietro Aretino


395. “The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves.” – Derek Landy


396. “It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent her life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth.”


397. “Lying is easy. But it’s lonely.” – Victoria Schwab


398. “A lie has many vibrations. The truth has none.” — African Proverb


399. “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” — Stephen King


400. “Denying the truth doesn’t change the facts.” — Unknown


401. “Sometimes you lie to deceive people. Sometimes you lie because you need the lie to become the truth.” – Rick Riordan


402. “I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.” – Michel de Montaigne


403. “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.” – Pope John Paul II


404. “Of all the lies I’ve heard, ‘I love you,’ was my favorite.” – Unknown


405. “Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


406. “The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.” – John Ruskin


407. “If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.” – Bruce Lee


408. “But they sound so much better than the truth.”


409. “Sometimes, some lies that spoken with high confidence could be more receptive than facts that spoken with doubt.” ― Toba Beta


410. “It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.”


411. “There are different ways to be confused about how someone's disappointed you. Some lie about the future because they wanted to forget the past. But some will lie about the past because they think it will give you both a future.” – Laura Dave


412. “Lies are a thing of the physical world. They can’t exist in the spirit world.” – Nnedi Okorafor


413. “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.” — Robert Louis Stevenson


414. “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


415. “Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second nature in a married man.” ~ Helen Rowland


416. “In human relationships are mostly broken when your partner tells you a lie every day but you know the truth.” – Anonymous


417. “It seemed there was no end at all to the lies a person could tell, once she got started.” ― Kim Edwards