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A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying--to others and to yourself.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.

CHARLES DICKENS, Great Expectations

An atmosphere of lies like that infects and poisons the whole life of a home. In a house like that, every breath that the children take is filled with the germs of evil.

HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll's House

There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity...You can smell it. It smells like death.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

By the false spirits' nice contrivance thus
A little truth oft leavens all the false,
The better to delude us.
PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA, Life is a Dream

You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies — which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world — what I want to forget. It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do. Temperament, I suppose.

JOSEPH CONRAD, Heart of Darkness

It is no use lying to one's self.

HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll's House

The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.

SAMUEL BUTLER, The Way of All Flesh

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