Yesterday I tried to get some clarity on what constitutes lying. I came up with this inelegant definition:
What qualifies something as a lie is not its truth or falsity, but the conscious (or unconscious) attempt to deceive (or be deceived by) others (and/or oneself).
How to lie
1. Dr. Johnson:
“We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
2. Marquess of Halifax:
“Malice must go under the disguise of plainness, or else it is exposed.”
3. Mark Twain:
“One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.”
4. Samuel Butler:
“The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.”