I sat on the beach in front of our hotel reading a just-published tome about dysfunctional personality styles, thinking that in it I would find clues to my own. (I turn to such works for escape the way other people turn to romance novels: Something about the human spectacle in all its malformed variety infinitely soothes me.) (Daphne Merkin)


Photo: anna reading on the beach, originally uploaded by ulfbot.

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35 aphorisms on liars and lying

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.”

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