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.
The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one.
Instead of leading to the high places of happiness, from which the world would seem to lie below one, so that one could look down with a sense of exaltation and advantage, and judge and choose and pity, it led rather downward and earthward, into realms of restriction and depression, where the sound of other lives, easier and freer, was heard as from above, and served to deepen the feeling of failure.
The motto stated a lie. If this nation has ever trusted in god, that time has gone by; for nearly half a century almost its entire trust has been in the republican party and the dollar--mainly the dollar. I recognize that i am only making an assertion and furnishing no proof; i am sorry, but this is a habit of mine; sorry also that i am not alone in it; everybody seems to have this disease.
Yes headwoman azaze. But i never lie to rosethorn. She, um, discourages it." "evvy and i have an understanding." she grabbed the teakettle and poured hot water into the mug. "she tells me the truth, and i don't hang her in the first well we come to. It's a solution that works tolerably well for both of us.
Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the lie? I will name you the degrees. The first, the retort courteous; the second, the quip modest; the third, the reply churlish; the fourth, the reproof valiant; the fifth; the countercheck quarrelsome; the sixth, the lie with circumstance; the seventh, the lie direct. All these you may avoid but the lie direct; and you may avoid that too, with an if. . . . Your if is the only peace-maker; much virtue in if.
Understand then all of you, especially the young, that to want to impose an imaginary state of government on others by violence is not only a vulgar superstition, but even a criminal work. Understand that this work, far from assuring the well-being of humanity is only a lie, a more or less unconscious hypocrisy, camouflaging the lowest passions we posses.