“(…) lying is like a forest — the further one goes into it the more difficult it is to get out of it.”
The Party by Anton Chekhov
“(…) children and fools always speak the truth. The deduction is plain – adults and wise persons never speak it.”
On the Decay of the Art of Lying by Mark Twain
“The child of God must “speak the truth,” and “lie not” (1 Timothy 2:7). Christian growth is characterized by “speaking the truth in love” — not by “sleight” nor “craftiness” (Ephesians 4:14-15). This is one of the ABC’s of Christian ethics. Some folks need to return to spiritual kindergarten!”
Is It Okay to Lie Sometimes? by Wyane Jackson
To lie or not to lie? What did Mark Twain write about lying?
“Everybody lies – every day; every hour; awake; asleep; in his dreams; in his joy; in his mourning; if he keeps his tongue still, his hands, his feet, his attitude, will convey deception – and purposely. Even in sermons – but that is a platitude.”
“Among other common lies, we have the silent lie – the deception which one convey by simply keeping still and concealing the truth. Many obstinate truth-mongers indulge in this dissipation, imagining that if they speak no lie, they lie not at all.”
“Lying is universal – we all do it. Therefore, the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others’ advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily; to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous
mien, as being ashamed of our high calling.”
It’s all about human lying. In that post I mention parallels between human and cat. Now in today’s question I should say, I think this is a rather contrast in our behaviour. I would never cheat. And I pretend nothing. I am straightforward while communicating in environment.