Lies Quotes

22 of the best book quotes about lies
  1. #1
    Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.
    Alan Moore
    V for Vendetta
  2. #2
    “He did not care for the lying at first. He hated it. Then later he had come to like it. It was part of being an insider but it was a very corrupting business.”
  3. #3
    You know, that might be the answer – to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail.
    Joseph Heller
    Colonel Korn
  4. #4
    “You may lie.”
  5. #5
    “I am no king, and I am no lord,
    And I am no soldier at-arms,” said he.
    “I’m none but a harper, and a very poor harper,
    That am come hither to wed with ye.”
    “If you were a lord, you should be my lord,
    And the same if you were a thief,” said she.
    “And if you are a harper, you shall be my harper,
    For it makes no matter to me, to me,
    For it makes no matter to me.”
    “But what if it prove that I am no harper?
    That I lied for your love most monstrously?”
    “Why, then I’ll teach you to play and sing,
    For I dearly love a good harp,” said she.”
  6. #6
    Do not expect people to tell you the truth because they also lie to themselves.
  7. #7
    “It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same--everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same--people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.”
    George Orwell
  8. #8
    Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.
  9. #9
    “Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.”
  10. #10
    “You know I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget.”
  11. #11
    “His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness-and promised answers-he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: “Do you lie?”
    But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received was true.”
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  1. #12
    “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”
  2. #13
    “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.”
  3. #14
    Artists use lies to tell the truth.
  4. #15
    Wherever you go you will find people lying to you, and as your awareness grows, you will notice that you also lie to yourself.
  5. #16
    “When you have something to say, silence is a lie.”
  6. #17
    Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.
    The Iliad
  7. #18
    “Romeo: I dreamt a dream tonight.
    Mercutio: And so did I.
    Romeo: Well, what was yours?
    Mercutio: That dreamers often lie.
    Romeo: In bed asleep while they do dream things true.”
  8. #19
    The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s old broken-down toolhouse.
  9. #20
    “Oft in lies truth is hidden.”
  10. #21
    “To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.”
  11. #22
    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”
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