Quotes about lying

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„Maintaining silence about a dirty truth is another way of lying, a common practice in high places.“

—  Michael Parenti American academic 1933

2 MEDIA AND CULTURE, The Invisible Bloodbaths, p. 132
Dirty truths (1996), first edition

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„Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying.“

—  Mikhail Bakunin Russian revolutionary, philosopher, and theorist of collectivist anarchism 1814 - 1876

"The Red Association" http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/bakunin/works/writings/ch05.htm (1870)

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„I feel sorry for players who are always lying awake at night, brooding over their games.“

—  Magnus Carlsen Norwegian chess player 1990

ChessBase.com - Magnus Carlsen on his chess career, 15 March 2010 http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6187

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„Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.“

—  Bodhidharma Chinese philosopher and Buddhist Monk 483 - 540

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

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„Lying is the greatest of all sins.“

—  Alfred Nobel Swedish chemist, innovator, and armaments manufacturer 1833 - 1896

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Dilma Rousseff photo

„Any comparison between the military dictatorship and democracy can only come from those who do not value the Brazilian democracy. (…) I am proud to have lied. Lying under torture is not easy. In the face of torture, a person with dignity lies. Enduring torture is very difficult (…) The pain is unbearable; you can not imagine how. I am proud to have lied, because I saved my comrades from the same torture and from death.“

—  Dilma Rousseff 36th President of Brazil 1947

Responding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tiyezo1fLRs to Senator José Agripino Maia - former member of ARENA, ruling party of the military dictatorship - in a Senate hearing, May 7. He suggested that, for having lied when she was interrogated by the political police, she could also have been lying about the leak of data of Fernando Henrique Cardoso's personal expenditures.
2008

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„I believe it is my job to tell people about what the good points of either company are. I'm not lying in either case.“

—  Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965

From interview with Anshul Chaturvedi

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„When lying to someone, look him straight in the eye.“

—  Mason Cooley American academic 1927 - 2002

City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection (1992)

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„With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting. It's lying.“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

Variant: With every part you act, there must be a little of yourself in it. If there isn't, it's not acting. It's lying.

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„We decide on something, leave it lying around and wait and see what happens. If no one kicks up a fuss, because most people don't understand what has been decided, we continue step by step until there is no turning back.“

—  Jean-Claude Juncker Luxembourgian politician 1954

referring to his colleagues in the European Council
Jean-Claude Juncker, quoted by Dirk Von Kock 'Die Brüsseler Republik' http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-15317086.html in Der Spiegel (2000), then by Florian Eder 'Junckers Tricks in den langen Brüsseler Nächten' http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article112948572/Junckers-Tricks-in-den-langen-Bruesseler-Naechten.html in Die Welt (2012).
1999

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