Two posts on lying by Dr Steve over at The Top Two Inches blog:
In Lord, Lord, how this world is given to lying! Dr Steve discusses different types of falsehood, mendacity and self-deception, in an effort to “show how tricky it is to define lying or the lie”. He concludes that
What qualifies something as a lie, then, is not its truth or falsity, but the conscious (or unconscious) attempt to deceive (or be deceived by) others (and/or oneself).
Great post and some lovely comments, and followed up the next day with 35 aphorisms on liars and lying. My favourites:
3. Mark Twain: “One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.” Mark Twain also has number 29: “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.”
4. Samuel Butler: “The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.”
11. Mr Justice Darling: “Much truth is spoken, that more may be concealed.”
32. Dr. Johnson: “A man would rather have a hundred lies told of him, than one truth which he does not wish to be told.” Indeed.