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On Lying, Deceit, Dishonesty

   He that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his 
   tongue from evil and his lips that they speak no guile. 

                                                  1 Peter 3:10        

   A false balance is abomination to the LORD: 
    But a just weight is his delight. 

                               Prov 11:1

   Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: 
    But they that deal truly are his delight.     

                                    Prov 12:22

   A false witness shall not be unpunished, 
    And he that speaketh lies shall not escape.     

                                     Prov 19:5

   The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed 
   to and fro of them that seek death.      
                                                 Prov 21:6

   Keep thy tongue from evil, 
    And thy lips from speaking guile.
                                          Psa 34:13      

   He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: 
    He that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.     

                                               Psa 101:7

   A whispered lie is just as wrong 
   As one that thunders loud and long.

   A lie is a foul blot in a man.

   Oh, what a tangled web we weave, 
     When first we practice to deceive!

   A lie begets a lie till they come to generations.

   A false witness shall not go unpunished.

   Liars begin by imposing upon others, but end by deceiving 

   Credit won by lying is quick in dying.

   Falseness often lurks beneath fair hair.

   Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 
                                                  Exodus 20:16

   A poor man is better than a liar.

   A flattering mouth worketh ruin. 
                                  Prov. 26:28

   Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit.

   Flattery fouls the flatterer and the flattered.

   A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his 

   A wilful falsehood told is a cripple, not able to stand by 
   itself without someone to support it.

   A liar is more easily caught than a thief.

   Simple truth was ever wisdom, even among liars.

   Truth is the best buckler.

   A truth-teller finds the doors closed against him.

   Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked.

   Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and 
   duplicity than straightforward and simple integrity in another.  
   A knave would rather quarrel with a brother-knave than with a 
   fool, but he would rather avoid a quarrel with one honest man 
   than with both.  He can combat a fool by management and 
   address, and he can conquer a knave by temptations.  But the 
   honest man is neither to be bamboozled nor bribed. 

   Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul; then shalt thou reach 
   the point of happiness, and independence shall be thy shield 
   and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk 
   upright, nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath 
   riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it 
   wears a ring set with diamonds. 

   The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity. 

                                            Sir P. Sidney

   A straight line is shortest in morals as well as in geometry. 


   He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, is himself 
   a knave. 

   To one who said, "I do not believe that there is an honest man 
   in the world," another replied, "It is impossible that any one man 
   should know all the world, but quite possible that one may know 


   Socrates being asked the way to honest fame, said, "Study to 
   be what you wish to seem." 

   Put it out of the power of truth to give you an ill character.  
   If anybody reports you not to be an honest man let your 
   practice give him the lie. 
                                               Marcus Antoninus

   Deceivers are the most dangerous members of society.  They 
   trifle with the best affections of our nature, and violate the 
   most sacred obligations. 

   No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to 
   himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting 
   bewildered as to which may be true. 

   It is as easy to deceive one's self without perceiving it, as 
   it is difficult to deceive others without their finding out.

   He who has not a good memory should never take upon him the 
   trade of lying. 

   Falsehood and fraud grow up in every soil, the product of all 


   White lies are but the ushers to black ones. 


   A lie that is half a truth is ever the blackest of lie. 


   Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. 

                                                     O. W. Holmes

   When thou art obliged to speak, be sure to speak the truth; 
   for equivocation is half way to lying, and lying is whole way 
   to hell. 

   The gain of lying is, not to be trusted of any, nor to be 
   believed when we speak the truth. 

                                            Sir W. Raleigh

   Lying is a most disgraceful vice; it first despises God, and 
   then fears men. 

   Habitual liars invent falsehoods not to gain any end, or even 
   to deceive their hearers, but to amuse themselves.  It is 
   partly practice and partly habit.  It requires an effort in 
   them to speak the truth. 

   Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to 
   help it out; it is always near at hand, sits upon our lips, and 
   is ready to drop out before we are aware;  a lie is 
   troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack, and one 
   trick needs a great many more to make it good.  It is like 
   building upon a false foundation, which continu­ally stands in 
   need of props to shore it up, and proves at last more 
   chargeable than to have raised a substantial building at first 
   upon a true and solid foundation. 


   A wilful falsehood is a cripple, not able to stand by itself 
   without another to support it. It is easy to tell a lie but 
   hard to tell only one lie. 

   When the world has once got hold of a lie, it is astonishing 
   how hard it is to get it out of the world. You beat it about 
   the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and lo! the 
   next day it is as healthy as ever. 

   One lie must be thatched with another, or it will soon rain 


   Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but they usually 
   quarrel among themselves. 
                                              Daniel Webster

   One lie begets another.  Once committed, the liar has to go on 
   in his course of lying;  it is the penalty of his 

                                                      F. Jacox

   All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he 
   speaks the truth. 

   He who tells a lie is not sensible how great a task he 
   undertakes;  for he must be forced to invent twenty more to 
   maintain one. 


   This is the liar's lot:  he is accounted a nuisance, a person 
   marked out for infamy and scorn. 

   He who would purposely cheat his friend, would cheat his God. 


   Trust departs on horseback and returns on foot.

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