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George Orwell – Political language and deception

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George OrwellPolitical language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

George Orwell   (1903-1950)

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Ayn Rand – Lying is an act of self-abdication

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Ayn RandPeople think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.

Ayn Rand  

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Mark Twain – A lie can travel half way. . .

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Mark TwainA lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain   (1835-1910)

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Mark Twain – If you tell the truth

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Mark TwainIf you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

Mark Twain   (1835-1910)

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Michel de Montaigne – A tongue that was once got the knack of lying

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Michel de MontaigneAfter a tongue has once got the knack of lying, it is not to be imagined how impossible almost it is to reclaim it. Whence it comes to pass, that we see some men, who are otherwise very honest, so subject to this vice.

Michel de Montaigne  

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