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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Quotations on Lies

I can quit any time I want to.

Look, we didn’t do anything. We just talked all night.

Capitalist markets are just onward and upward conveyor belts delivering ever-new commodities and the credit lines to pay for them.

In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. We don’t have that in our country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who has told you that we have it. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran

The four-letter words in Lady Chatterley are not likely to be included in the Oxford Dictionary as a result of the case. ‘The legal judgement is irrelevant to our purpose,’ said Oxford University Press. ‘We don’t take into account anything but common usage.’ Michael Bateman

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election. Otto von Bismarck

The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard. Helen Gurley Brown

We live in a great country that has got the best health care system in the world, and we need to keep it that way. George W. Bush

Like the Second World War, our present conflict began with a ruthless surprise attack on the United States. George W. Bush

Let me make very clear the position of my government and our country: We do not condone torture. I have never ordered torture. I will never order torture. The values of this country are such that torture is not a part of our soul and our being. George W. Bush to reporters at the White House

If we’re successful in Iraq . . . then we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11. Dick Cheney

Holy Bible, Writ Divine,
Bound in leather, one-and-nine,
Satan trembles when he sees
Bibles sold as cheap as these.
William Collins early 20th century advertisement

Nothing is allowed to be nice any more; everything has to be sordid. Barbara Cartland

Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. Winston Churchill

I am going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. William Jefferson Clinton

This will be the most ethical administration in the history of the United States. Bill Clinton

Just because someone is dead, doesn’t mean they’ve changed. Bette Davis

There is no doubt but that we of England are this saved people, by the eternal and infallible presence of the Lord predestined to be sent into these Gentiles in the sea, to those Isles and famous Kingdoms, there to preach the peace of the Lord: for are not we only set upon Mount Zion to give light to all the rest of the world? Have we not the true handmaid of the Lord to rule over us…? It is only we, therefore, that must be these shining messengers of the Lord, and none but we. John Davys

The 20th Century is a trash heap. No one can deny it. Enrique Santos Discepolo, Argentine tango singer

They lied to you. The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came. Umberto Eco

I’ve never really understood why so many men have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the feminazi myth machine into believing that rape is such a serious crime. Rape is simply sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal. To suggest that rape . . . is a serious crime is like suggesting force feeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence. Nick Erickson, London Regional Organiser for the British National Party.

It appears that America’s anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men’s movement. The Rev. Jerry Falwell, The Moral Majority.

I don’t have a drink problem.

There will be no redundancies.

Things will get better if you vote for me.

I’m going to leave my wife.

A woman should be an illusion. Ian Fleming

Bond liked the look of her(Pussy Galore). He felt the sexual challenge all beautiful Lesbians have for men. Ian Fleming in Goldfinger (1958)

Obedience to the law is freedom. Sign over the gate of Fort Dix, where peaceniks and conscientious objectors were imprisoned during the Vietnam war

Just where the hell do you think you’re going today? And what makes you think you can go there without Microsoft? Bill Gates

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. Andre Gide

I adore war. It’s like a big picnic without the objectlessness of a picnic. I’ve never been so well or happy. No one grumbles at one for being dirty. Julian Grenfell before he was killed in 1915

Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do. Rudy Giuliani

All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are — were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans. John Hagee, the evangelist preacher who endorsed Republican John McCain as the nominee for President of the United States of America

Bullets have little stopping-power against the horse. General Douglas Haig, 1914

I shall give a propagandist cause for starting the war. Never mind whether it is plausible or not. In starting and waging a war, it is not Right that matters but Victory. Have no pity. Adopt a brutal attitude . . . Right is on the side of the strongest. Adolf Hitler

Anybody who paints and sees a sky green and pastures blue ought to be sterilized. Adolph Hitler

I’ve never said this to anyone else.

He’s in a meeting.

I’m not normally like this.

By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell – and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed. Adolph Hitler

When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were. John F. Kennedy

If any question why we died, Tell them because our fathers lied. Rudyard Kipling

I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.
Fran Lebowitz

The revolution demands in the interests of socialism that the masses unquestionably obey the single will of the leaders, the Labour process. Lenin

It is not good when people no longer believe in war. Pretty soon they no longer believe in many other things which they absolutely must believe if they are to be decent men. Thomas Mann

It’s all bunk what they’re saying to you, about honour and patriotism and glory. W. S. Maugham

I would have made a good Pope. Richard Nixon

You’ll never make it in politics, Len. You just don’t know how to lie. Richard Nixon to his friend and advisor Leonard Garment

It was a mutual decision.

It didn’t mean anything.

The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception. Friedrich Nietzsche

Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them. Louis Nizer

Obviously you need to preserve some tools, you still have to go after the bad guys. The legal advisers working on this looked at rendition. It is controversial in some circles and kicked up a big storm in Europe. But if done within certain parameters, it is an acceptable practice. An Obama administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity when discussing legal reasoning behind the decision to leave extraordinary rendition on the statute book.

I am confident that the American dream will continue. There is not a country in the world that would not want to change places with us.
Barack Obama

And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner. – Barack Obama, 2007

I’m a big believer in openness when it comes to the flow of information. I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes … And so I’ve always been a strong supporter of open Internet use. I’m a big supporter of non-censorship. Barack Obama, November 16, 2009

If you set aside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the safety record of nuclear is really very good. George Bush’s Energy Secretary Paul O’Neill

It’s silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas. Ronald Reagan (candidate for Governor of California), interviewed in the Fresno Bee, October 10, 1965

I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast. Ronald Reagan

feminism: . . . a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. Pat Robertson

Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man. Helen Rowland

With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back. Russian Proverb

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Perhaps truth is by nature such that its communication between men is impossible, at least the usual communication by means of language. Every one may know it in himself, but in order to enter into communication with his neighbour he must renounce the truth and accept some conventional lie. Lev Shestov

A lie never lives to be old. Sophocles

. . . about the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don’t go by one text only. St. Teresa of Avila

There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. Margaret Thatcher, Woman’s Own, 1987

You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive. Margaret Thatcher

People who plant and tend marijuana gardens are terrorists who wouldn’t hesitate to help other terrorists get into the country with the aim of causing mass casualties. President George W. Bush’s drug czar, John P. Walters

I do not regret my classical studies. I believe that the conventional defence of them is valid; that only by them can a boy fully understand that a sentence is a logical construction and that words have basic in alienable meanings, departure from which is either conscious metaphor or inexcusable vulgarity. Those who have not been so taught – most Americans and most women – unless they are guided by some rare genius, betray their deprivation. Evelyn Waugh

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind. Gen. Wm. Westmoreland

It is my unshakable conviction that the country to which God gave Luther, Goethe, Bach, Wagner, Moltke, Bismark and my grandfather will yet be called upon to fulfil great tasks for the wellbeing of humanity. Kaiser Wilhelm II

Beneath God’s smiling sun, The Gentlest women in the world Shall overthrow the Hun. Recruiting slogan for the Women’s Land Army

Tell the Truth and run. Yugoslav proverb

If you wish to strengthen a lie, mix a little truth in with it. Zohar