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Every man who has at last succeeded, after long effort, in calling up the divinity which lies hidden in a woman's heart, is startled to find that he must obey the God he summoned.
Henry Adams

The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.
Henry Adams

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Maya Angelou

If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past.
If you tell a lie, it becomes part of your future.


There are three kinds of lie: a small lie, a big lie and politics.
Time Magazine

I never doped.
Lance Armstrong

She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
Margot Asquith

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I swear they're real!
Victoria Beckham

You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier.
Remark made to a student at a campaign event, Hampton, New Hampshire, February 9, 2020.
Joe Biden

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I responded in what I thought was the most truthful or least untruthful manner, by saying, No.
Describing his Senate committee hearing testimony denying the NSA collects data on Americans on June 8, 2013.
James Clapper

But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false.
Bill Clinton

I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. I've never had an affair with her.
Bill Clinton

Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Leonard Courtney

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A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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History books which contain no lies are extremely dull.
Anatole France

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The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
André Gide

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Baltasar Gracián

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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 the true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.
Tony Hayward

Um, you guys said that we, um, did this for the show.
CNN interview about his parents' balloon hoax on October 15, 2009.
Falcon Heene

Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.
Oliver Herford

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
Eric Hoffer

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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

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I once said cynically of a politician, He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Oscar Levant

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

He was the consummate politician. He didn't lie, neither did he tell the truth.
John Lundberg

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I will never lie to you. You have my word on that.
At her first press briefing, May 1, 2020.
Kayleigh McEnany

I'm not that old.
Nicki Minaj

I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of... I don't want to use the words self sacrifice, but that's what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.
Ivan Moody

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And one thing I'd like to point out is that the system worked.
Janet Napolitano

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With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it ... the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate.
Named the 2013 Politifact Lie of the Year. From a News Conference on November 14, 2013.
Barack Obama

There is one category of advertising which is totally uncontrolled and flagrantly dishonest: the television commercials for candidates in Presidential elections.
David Ogilvy

Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell

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By the time you say you're his,
Shivering and sighing
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.

Dorothy Parker

I don't pretend that I had not moments of trial and of temptation, but I do claim that never in thought, word, or deed, have I been false to the trust which Irishmen have confided in me.
Charles Stewart Parnell

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We find it easy to believe that praise is sincere: why should anyone lie in telling us the truth?
Jean Rostand

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The governor is hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Governor's spokesman regarding Sanford's disappearance on June 22, 2009.
Mark Sanford

One can't say that figures lie. But figures, as used in financial arguments, seem to have the bad habit of expressing a small part of the truth forcibly, and neglecting the other part, as do some people we know.
Fred Schwed

O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!
Walter Scott

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

William Shakespeare

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Adlai Stevenson

It was totally a coincidence!
Martha Stewart

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He's not a war hero. ... He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured.
Criticizing John McCain, interview at Family Leadership Summit, Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015.
Donald Trump

[I am] not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!
In a tweet, January 6, 2018.
Donald Trump

I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?
Remarks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing, April 23, 2020.
Donald Trump

One day - it's like a miracle - it will disappear.
Referring to the coronavirus in remarks at an African American History Month reception at the White House, February 27, 2020.
Donald Trump

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain

I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
Mark Twain

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
Mark Twain

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I can't say with certitude.
When asked whether a lewd photograph was him on June 1, 2011.
Anthony Weiner

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde

You lie!
Wilson's shouted retort to Obama's address before a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009.
Joe Wilson

I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret.
Walter Winchell

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
Henry Wotton

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