„Never tell a lie when you can tell the truth.“

Source: Mr. Mercedes

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„Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used "to tell" at all.“

—  Umberto Eco Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist 1932 - 2016

Variant: A sign is anything that can be used to tell a lie.
Source: Trattato di semiotica generale (1975); [A Theory of Semiotics] (1976)

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„You can’t be reluctant to give up your lie and still tell the truth.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951

Source: Culture and Value (1980), p. 44e

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„Washington couldn't tell a lie, Nixon couldn't tell the truth, and Reagan couldn't tell the difference.“

—  Mort Sahl American comedian and actor 1927

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—  Andrejs Dunkels 1939 - 1998

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„Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.“

—  Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960

Pablo Picasso said something very similar. Perhaps it is the source? From Herschel B. Chipp’s Theories of Modern Art: "We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand."

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„Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960

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„You can never tell when princes will get squinty on you. You can never tell when they might suddenly feel their blood and go all royal.“

—  Tad Williams novelist 1957

Source: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, To Green Angel Tower (1993), Part 1, Chapter 17, “Bonfire Night” (p. 523).

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„You may lie with your mouth, but with the mouth you make as you do so you none the less tell the truth.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„It was difficult to tell them the truth when a lie would have been so much easier for them to understand.“

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„Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.“

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„To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

First attributed to Roosevelt on the internet in recent years, there is no evidence he ever said this, as noted in "Teddy Roosevelt on Conservatives vs. Liberals", by Dan Evon at snopes.com (3 June 2016) http://www.snopes.com/teddy-roosevelt-anger-a-liberal-quote and at Teddy Roosevelt once said, “To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” (14 June 2016) https://www.truthorfiction.com/teddy-roosevelt-anger-conservative-lie-quote

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