51 Lies Quotes And Liar Sayings That Will Open Your Mind

Lies are one of the cruelest forms of social manipulation. They’re designed to bend the truth so that it comes out the way it’s meant to, and they are often challenging to detect.

As a result, people resort to lies to keep their job, relationships, or what-have-you. The most prevalent lies are usually told by those who have power over others. These lies are used as weapons that allow those in power to control people and keep them in line with what’s “best” for society.

Some lies, such as white lies, are intended to maintain the social order without causing harm. Others, such as “gaslighting,” are used to gain power over someone else.

Here are some inspirational quotes from famous liars that will inspire you to tell the truth instead of lying. They will also encourage you to change your thinking and take a different approach to tell people how you feel.

51 Inspirational Lies Quotes That Will Open Your Mind

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

2. “But he that sows lies in the end shall not lack of a harvest, and soon he may rest from toil indeed, while others reap and sow in his stead.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

3. “One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.” ― Al David

4. “Over time, any deception destroys intimacy, and without intimacy couples cannot have true and lasting love.” ― Bonnie Eaker Weil

5. “It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.” ― Jerome K. Jerome

6. “Liars are always ready to take oaths.” ― Vittorio Alfieri

7. “Lie until even you believe it – that’s the real secret of lying – Holly Black

8. “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

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

10. “I never lie,” I said offhand. “At least not to those I don’t love.” ― Anne Rice

11. “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

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

13. “When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie.” ― Criss Jami

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

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

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

17. “No one believes a liar. Even when she’s telling the truth.” ― Sara Shepard

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

19. “Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.” ― Epictetus

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

21. “Lying is done with words, and also with silence.” ― Adrienne Rich

22. “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” ― Sara Shepard

23. “Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky

24. “Stupidity is to have amnesia over your own faults when the person you hate makes theirs.” ― Shannon L. Alder

25. “There is nothing worse for the lying soul than the mirror of reality.” ― Steve Maraboli

26. “If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.” ― Bruce Lee

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

28. “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

29. “I don’t degrade anyone, but a liar and a person, who doesn’t keep his or her words, has not any value in my eyes.” ― Ehsan Sehgal

30. “The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.” ― Ambrose Bierce

31. “When your ears hear one thing, but your eyes see another…use your brain.” ― Frank Sonnenberg

32. “The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.” ― John Ruskin

33. “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.” ― Rudyard Kipling

34. “No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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

36. “Lying is wrong. When you tell a lie for the sake of sparing someone’s feelings it is not suddenly right, but it is compassionate. And is not compassion a form of love? Love—the greatest of all virtues! So, my darling, I do wrong for you. I lie that you might feel loved.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

37. “Lying is easy. But it’s lonely.” ― Victoria Schwab

38. “Liars share with those they deceive the desire not to be deceived.” ― Sissela Bok

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

40. “When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” ― Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

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

43. “Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.” ― Albert Camus

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

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

46. “Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don’t.” ― Anonymous

47. “But he that sows lie in the end shall not lack a harvest, and soon he may rest from toil indeed, while others reap and sow in his stead.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

48. “Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.” ― Austin O’Malley

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. “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

51. “A good liar must remember his lies.” ― Anonymous

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