Eye-opening and thought-provoking lies quotes that’ll remind you of the consequences of lying and the importance of telling the truth.
Lies are destructive, hurtful and will only cause us more pain and sorrow in the end. Lying can destroy relationships and deeply hurt the people that we love. It breaks trust and it can be the most hurtful form of betrayal.
We have gathered the best and wise quotes about lying and lies below to inspire you to always aim to live your life in truth and honesty.
Lies Quotes and Sayings
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
— Denis Diderot
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.
— Bo Bennett
I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
— S.E. Hinton
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
— Charles Spurgeon
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
— Virginia Woolf
Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.
— Roger Ebert
A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.
— William Blake
A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.
There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.
— Benjamin Disraeli
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
— Winston Churchill
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
— Vladimir Lenin
We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
— Tad Williams
If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
— Bruce Lee
Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
— Andr_ Malraux
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
— Abraham Lincoln
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.
— Thomas Jefferson
When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie.
— Criss Jami
I detest the man who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
— Abraham Lincoln
With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.
— Russian Proverb
No one believes a liar. Even when she’s telling the truth.
— Sara Shepard
There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Hard truths can be dealt with, triumphed over, but lies will destroy your soul.
— Patricia Briggs
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Lies and Deceit quotes
When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.
— Khaled Hosseini
People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies.
— Miguel Angel Ruiz
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.
— Michael Jackson
Who lies for you will lie against you.
— John Locke
Anything is better than lies and deceit!
— Leo Tolstoy
The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.
— Ann Landers
It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent her life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth.
— Ally Carter
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
— James A. Garfield
A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.
— Mark Twain
The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.
— Stephen King
We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us.
— Beth Moore
The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
— George Bernard Shaw
It’s better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
— George Washington
More Quotes About Lies and Lying
The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
People can choose between the sweet lie or the bitter truth. I say the bitter truth, but many people don’t want to hear it.
— Avigdor Lieberman
When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.
— Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Sometimes the point isn’t to make people believe a lie – it’s to make people fear the liar.
— Anne Applebaum
Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.
— Criss Jami
I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
— H. L. Mencken
There is beauty in truth, even if it’s painful. Those who lie, twist life so that it looks tasty to the lazy, brilliant to the ignorant, and powerful to the weak. But lies only strengthen our defects. They don’t teach anything, help anything, fix anything or cure anything. Nor do they develop one’s character, one’s mind, one’s heart or one’s soul.
— José N. Harris
Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.
— Walter Scott
A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
— Finley Peter Dunne
Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.
— Cassandra Clare
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
— Baltasar Gracian
A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.
— Tim O’Brien
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
— Lucille Ball
Lie Quotes For Relationships
I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.
— Croft M. Pentz
Over time, any deception destroys intimacy, and without intimacy couples cannot have true and lasting love.
— Bonnie Eaker Weil
No relationship can be built on lies and mistrust, it must have a solid foundation of honesty, compromise and commitment.
— Rashida Rowe
Of all the lies I’ve heard, ‘I love you,’ was my favorite.
Someone who lies about the little things will lie about the big things too.
— Terry McAuliffe
Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
— Dorothy Allison
Being yourself is what makes you attractive. Being something you’re not makes you a liar and relationships built on lies don’t last.
— Ritu Ghatourey
Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.
— Khaled Hosseini
Thought-provoking Lies Quotes
One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.
— Al David
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite.
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Most people don’t care if you’re telling them the truth or if you’re telling them a lie, as long as they’re entertained by it. You find that out really fast.
— Tom Waits
Lying is done with words, and also with silence.
— Adrienne Rich
I guess sometimes you have to lie to find the truth.
— Scott Westerfield
We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.
— Rudyard Kipling