323 Inspiring Quotes about Lying

Are you looking for inspirational quotes about lying? Inspiring Lizard has got you covered! In this article we present the 323 most beautiful lying quotes we could find. Let’s get inspired!

Lying quotes

Computers are quiet and clean and totally distracting because the Internet is there, lying in wait for a moment of weakness to pounce on your creativity and progress.

— Arlaina Tibensky, And Then Things Fall Apart

No matter how many thousands friends you’ve had, or even more likes you’ve got, but if you do not enjoy being yourself, then you just keep lying to yourself and unto others as well.

— Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

For me, at least, fiction is the only way i can even begin to twist my lying memories into something true.

— John Green

We cannot teach children the danger of lying to men without feeling as men, the greater danger of lying to children.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We are thickly layered, page lying upon page, behind simple covers. And love – it is not the book itself, but the binding.

— Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

We were racing at circuits where there were no crash barriers in front of the pits, and fuel was lying about in churns in the pit lane. A car could easily crash into the pits at any time. It was ridiculous.

— Jackie Stewart

I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible since.

— G.K. Chesterton

Opportunities? They are all around us … There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.

— Orison Swett Marden

It seems to me that anyone whose library consists of a Kindle lying on a table is some sort of bloodless nerd.

— Penelope Lively

A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.

— Mark Twain

I couldn’t resist him, his eyes were like yours, his hair was exactly the shade of brown.He’s just not as tall, but I couldn’t tell, it was dark and I was lying down.

— Amy Winehouse

I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press.

— Roger Kahn, Good Enough to Dream

As for her hair, or rather hairs, they are too complicated to describe, but one system went down her back, lying in a thick pad there, while another, created for a lighter destiny, rippled around her forehead.

— E.M. Forster, Howards End

In my imagination you’re waiting lying on your side with your hands between your thighs.

— Arctic Monkeys

The Coming of Wisdom with TimeThough leaves are many, the root is one, Through all the lying days of my youthI swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;Now I may wither into the truth.

— W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

There was a distinction between lying and telling half-truths, but it was a very narrow one.

— Alexander McCall Smith, The Sunday Philosophy Club

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.

— Allen Ginsberg

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I waste at least an hour every day lying in bed. Then I waste time pacing. I waste time thinking. I waste time being quiet and not saying anything because I’m afraid I’ll stutter.

— Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

If someone tells you that you can achieve your dreams with little to no work, they are lying to you.

— John Patrick Hickey, All You Have Is Now: How Your Approach to the World Determines Your Destiny

A woman with an education may be able to spend more time sitting in a chair instead of lying on her back. A sound advantage, I should think.

— Anne Bishop, Daughter of the Blood

We often dream about people from whom we receive a letter by the next post. I have ascertained on several occasions that at the moment when the dream occurred the letter was already lying in the post-office of the addressee.

— C.G. Jung, Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.

— Aristotle

By justifying our harmful negative habits, we live in delusion. We are lying to ourselves. And worse yet, we waste the precious opportunity of living our truth.

— Dashama Konah Gordon, Journey to Joyful: Transform Your Life with Pranashama Yoga

Who you going to believeWho you going to callThose lying eyesMight just might just tell all

— Brent M. Jones

I wasn’t lying when I said I’d follow you out of this place. I just can’t figure out why you want to take me with you.

— Caitlin Sangster, Last Star Burning

[the only acting advice he would give] What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?

— Laurence Olivier

We lie to protect our children, and in lying we expose them to the greatest of harms

— John Connolly, Nocturnes

Why are you lying to me? I’m so tired of people lying to me. Do I not deserve the truth? Do I look like someone who can’t handle it?

— Kasie West, Split Second

Summer was full on and the nights hot. It was like lying in warm syrup there in the dark under the viaduct, in the steady whine of gnats and nightbugs.

— Cormac McCarthy, Suttree

I have crazy claustrophobic dreams, weird elevator dreams where the elevator closes in and all of a sudden I am lying down – oh my God, it’s a casket. Just freaky stuff like that.

— Dave Grohl

But I stayed up thinking about how I’ve been lying to him, no less than I lie to myself in my pre-sleep ritual. And I lied to him again just as we were growing more intimate than ever and he asked me about my scar.

— Zack Love, Anissa’s Redemption

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in…We should be thankful we cannot see the horrors and degradations lying around our childhood, in cupboards and bookshelves, everywhere.

— Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

isn’t lying supposed to be a ‘sin’? Or is it okay to lie when trying to make people you hate look bad?

— Christina Engela, The Time Saving Agency

it wasn’t until the train went past that she saw the small body lying in the long grass by the side of the wood.

— Sanjida Kay, Bone by Bone

Stab me if you can enjoy it – but not if it feels like a duty. Stab me vertically if I’m lying down and horizontally if I’m running

— Steve Aylett

Embrace the uncertainty; there is either a massive growth or catastrophic destruction for you lying underneath, there comes its joy.

— Alper Durukan

Come then, put away your sword in its sheath, and let us two go up into my bed so that, lying together in the bed of love, we may then have faith and trust in each other.

— Homer, The Odyssey

And here you see me working out, as cheerfully and thankfully as I may, my doom of sharing in the glass a constant change of customers, and of lying down and rising up with the skeleton allotted to me for my mortal companion.

— Charles Dickens, The Haunted House

Machines can’t lie, ” I said, lying through my circuits.

— Adam Christopher, Made to Kill

If you want to know if someone is lying to you, start by living a truthful life. Once you live in the truth, you will not be easily deceived.

— Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths

The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.

— Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs

We all choke and the man who says he doesn’t choke is lying like hell.

— Lee Trevino

And now he was dead, his soul fled down to the Sunless Country and his body lying cold in the cold mud, somewhere in the city’s wake.

— Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines

She’s sure, absolutely sure, that what she’s waiting for will happen, just the way she wants it to; and I’m so uncertain, so fearful my dreams will end up forgotten somewhere, someday, like a piece of string and a paperclip lying in a dish.

— Lois Lowry, A Summer to Die

You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.

— Richard Price

Luke picked up a piece of paper lying on the seat. “Camden Hills Avenue in the Badlands Golf Club.” Luke chuckled. “Going to find a criminal in the Badlands. It kind of has an ironic ring to it.

— Amanda Carlson, Ante Up

My lying is a second skin by now, so easy to forget it’s there, so I don’t always remember that lying is actually an art, and those who aren’t meticulous about it are easily exposed.

— Jillian Cantor, Margot

I would be lying if I said it wasn’t cool to see myself on the cover of ‘Vanity Fair, ‘ right? It’s, like, what am I doing there? This is bizarre.

— Megyn Kelly

He was lying there on his death bed, and he asked for her as his last wish.She came with tears in her eyes. He held her hand and said with a smile, ” I wish I died daily”, And then a flat line.

— Nishikant, The Papery Onions

If it is worth the pain. If it is worth the anguish. Then leave me lying in agony.

— Saim .A. Cheeda

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.

— Dale Carnegie

She learned the intricacy of loneliness: the horror of color, the roar of soundlessness and the menace of familiar objects lying still.

— Toni Morrison, A Mercy

I try not to take things lying down, especially rectal thermometers

— Josh Stern, And That’s Why I’m Single: What Good Is Having A Lucky Horseshoe Up Your Butt When The Horse Is Still Attached?

At moments when life is at its worst there are two things you can do: 1.) break down, lose hope and refuse to go on while lying face down on the ground banging your fists and kicking your legs, or 2.) laugh. Bobby and I did the latter.

— Cecelia Ahern

I love lying here with you, under the books.

— Cath Crowley, Words in Deep Blue

I grew up on Loretta Lynn and Dusty Springfield. I remember lying about it it wasn’t cool to listen to country when I was 12.

— Jenny Lewis

What happens when lying and stealing and immorality and murder become the norm? The result can be summarized in one word: chaos.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

Lies is lying the memory from the truth

— Ahmad Rahmat Ramadhan

Fiction may be about lying – on the surface, anyway – but fiction is about hiding the truth behind those lies. It’s about using those lies to say something true and real. It’s about showing the reader something. It’s about making them

— Stacia Kane

Anyone who claimed that old age had brought them patience was either lying or senile.

— Robert Jordan

On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down .

— Woody Allen

On the forest floor was the LVR’s smoldering ceiling panel, just lying there like the lid of a sardine can that had been eagerly and violently thrown away by someone who very much liked sardines.

— Cuthbert Soup, Another Whole Nother Story

There is nothing worse for the lying soul than the mirror of reality.

— Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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

— Bodhidharma, The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

Apollo. I’m the fucking Lord of the Underworld. Do you honestly think I need to get my jollies by lying to others? I can think of so many better things to do.

— Rosanna Leo, Sunburn

He thought: Because when you tell a lie it must be to keep from saying a worse thing. Then lying is not a Sin and God will not punish you. (But what if God is one of them?)

— Davis Grubb

Some of Bay’s fondest memories were of lying under the apple tree in the summer while Claire gardened and the apple tree tossed apples at her like a dog trying to coax its owner into playing catch.

— Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

There exists in man a mass of sense lying in a dormant state, and which, unless something excites it to action, will descend with him, in that condition, to the grave.

— Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.

— Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

I’ve never listened to music lying down. Listening’s reading if you close your eyes.Music’s a wood you walk through.

— David Mitchell

You lying sneak.””All this time pretending to be a wolfblood’s best friend, then spying on us.””You don’t understand. I did it to protect ya. When you secret gets out, i’ll have the evidence to prove that you’re not evil

— Debbie Moon

Did I tell you what veal practice is? Oh! Veal practice involved me lying very still on the sofa trying as hard as I could to mimic the life of a veal. While eating veal. I wish I were kidding. It. Was. Magic.

— Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

If the amount of times we get up is just one less than the amount of times that we’ve been knocked down, then we’re spending our lives lying down.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

It is a tragicomic fact that our proper upbringing has become an ally of the secret police. (…) The “Tell the truth!” imperative drummed into us so automatically that we feel ashamed of lying even to a secret policeman.

— Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Coming of Wisdom with TimeThough leaves are many, the root is one;Through all the lying days of my youthI swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;Now I may wither into the truth.

— W.B. Yeats

You, in bloom, heart, beloved, you are like the foliage of the sky over my eyesand I look at you lying on the earth

— Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

True enough, nature has endowed me with a fair measure of patience and composure, yet I should be lying if I told you that, having seen the reporter off on his way to make his deadline, I fell peacefully asleep.

— Leon Jouhaux

You couldn’t leave words lying around where our enemies might find them.

— Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

lies, truth, loveI have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of it’s charms.

— Giacomo Casanova

But lying in bed just before going to sleep is the worst time for organized thinking; it is the best time for free thinking. Ideas drift like clouds in an undecided breeze, taking first this direction and then that.

— E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

A man who says he has never been scared is either lying or else he’s never been any place or done anything.

— Louis L’Amour

Because I withered under the glare of an actual invitation, I was a firm believer in preventive prevarication–in other words, lying early in order to free myself later on.

— Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

His was an impenetrable darkness. I looked at him as you peer down at a man who is lying at the bottom of a precipice where the sun never shines.

— Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Stuck in a generation where loyalty is just a tattoo, love is just a quote and lying is the new truth.

— Genereux Philip

If lying was an asset, the world would have been full of rich people

— Thabiso Monkoe, The Azanian

Some people have the experience of being accused of lying when they do not think that they have lied. Circle a number to show what percentage of the time this happens to you.[question from the Dissociative Experiences Scale]

— Frank W. Putnam, Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder

Stop lying to yourself. When we deny our own truth, we deny our own potential.

— Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

It’s not lying when you do it to officers!

— Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment

He’s going to kill me. They’ll find me lying on the floor, my heart burt wide open, too full of him to stay in my chest.

— Kristen Callihan, Idol

Her suspicion brings me a small sense of gratification. She thinks I’m lying about something. Now we’re even.Lake

— Colleen Hoover

A degree of lying – you know, white lies – seems to be inherent in all languages and all forms of communication.

— Matthew Lesko

She opened her eyes. “Is this real?””Very real.” I brushed the soaked strands off her cheek, wondering if I was lying or not and if I should care if I was. “Angel, let me kiss you.

— Jennifer L. Armentrout

What would you do if your cat suddenly went psycho and started to attack you for no apparent reason, lying in wait and pouncing or stalking you with a faraway look reminiscent of its predatory cousins and ancestors?

— Nicholas Dodman

I like the chase, scavenging and how we unravel. Standing naked with all my pores at the door. Waiting for a response, a love, someone to call my home. Where my emotions graze the air and I’m lying half past gone.

— Dominic Riccitello

Building a little bonfire at night on the beach and lying on a blanket with my wife under the stars is not only sexy, it’s romantic.

— Benjamin Bratt

sex takes the consent of twoif one person is lying there not doing anythingcause they are not readyor not in the moodor simply don’t want toyet the other is having sexwith their body it’s not loveit is rape

— Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

There is a germ of revolt lying in the spirit of inquiry and critical curiosity.

— André Gide, Isabelle

If man be sensible and one fine morning, while he is lying in bed, counts at the tips of his fingers how many things in this life truly willgive him enjoyment, invariably he will find food is the first one.

— Lin Yutang

Her mother told her once that her father was sick. That the sickness made him do it. She made it seem logical. As if he was lying in a hospital bed with cancer rather than rotting in a prison cell for rape and murder.

— Anais Torres, The Reaper’s Daughter

She looked into Kirsten’s eyes and wondered how it is that a soldier fights and a savior suffers, but a woman, in lying down, rules everything.

— Rebecca Coleman, The Kingdom of Childhood

To be fair, lying is part and parcel of public life. Every politician has lied about something because they are owned by the special interest groups that finance their elections.

— Peter Schuyler

Jean Laffite was a sexy bad boy with a gentleman’s manners and an air of barely suppressed danger. Every girl’s secret dreamboat in other words. We always say we want a nice, hardworking, decent guy but we’re lying to ourselves. – DJ Jaco

— Suzanne Johnson, River Road

You show me a lazy prick who’s lying in bed all day, watching TV, only occasionally getting up to piss, and I’ll show you a guy who’s not causing any trouble.

— George Carlin, Brain Droppings

Don’t try to play a game You’re breaking the rules of love You can’t keep on lying Enough is enough ……………………What happened to eternity? What happened to your love with me? You kept on lying It’s a tragedy

— Sami Abouzid

Being apart was wrong. Simply lying side by side did more for a relationship than words. A warm bed, a nest of animal intimacy. Words could be misunderstood, whereas loving companionship bred trust.

— Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things

There’s a very thin difference between lying and breaking the promise.

— Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

I do not mind lying but I hate inaccuracy.

— Samuel Butler

Contrary to his infallibly “honest” image, Abe wasn’t above lying so long as it served a noble purpose.

— Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I just want it to stop. All of it. The pain. The suffering. The fucking cancer. I want it gone. I need it gone, Jean. It’s tearing me apart inside. God, I hate this. Even all the lying I’m doing to Parker. It’s breaking my heart.

— Amanda Maxlyn, What’s Left of Me

Aves hasn’t mentioned a boyfriend, ” Lock chimed in, “and we’re just dying to hear all about you.” Liar. My friends were filthy lying sadists.

— Lish McBride, Firebug

And my heart is breakingMy heart is lying on the floor in a pool of tearsI keep asking the same questions only to have them unanswered

— Paula Heller Garland

It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.

— Epicurus

If it’s convenient to love you, you’re lying to someone about who you are or what you need.

— Agnostic Zetetic

Scarlet watched a leaf fall to the ground, lying dead amoung the other leaves on the forest floor. “A brief life seems pointless.”Tristan thought for a moment. “Isn’t that what life is, though? A brief opportunity to exist? A short gift?

— Chelsea Fine, Anew

Paradox: Pinocchio says “My nose will grow” if it doesn’t he is lying but it didn’t grow and if it does he is telling the truth and it did?

— Chuck Bridges

The other night I was lying in bed, looking up at the stars, and I wondered, ‘Where the hell is my roof?

— Steven Wright

Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he’d lie just to keep his hand in.

— Harry S Truman

All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men.

— Thomas Carlyle

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

— C.S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis

Sarcasm is when you tell someone the truth by lying on purpose.

— Chuck Klosterman, Downtown Owl

War was the ultimate chaos, a pounding, soul-destroying snarl, ending in blown-apart men lying unburied on the cold earth. There was nothing more cosmically chaotic than war.

— Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman

After all these months, lying there, unable to move a leg or a foot – how could he find perfection in such an average day?Then I realized that was the whole point.

— Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

The postgrad at least knew enough to know that he would never know enough, lying under the stars which hung from the inky sky like bunches of inconceivably heavy, lustrous grapes, dusted with the yeast of eternity.

— Will Self

So when I saw you lying in the shed there, I thought that even God couldn’t be that cruel. You were everything I ever asked for – so maybe you could also be the love of my life…

— Osiris Brackhaus, Lovers in Arms

Quit lying to yourself and accept your power and beauty. Liberate yourself from the slow-death you call life.

— Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

I was the kind of reader in smudged pink harlequin glasses sitting on the cool, dusty floor of the Arrandale public library, standing at the edge of the playground, having broken a tooth in dodge ball, and lying under my covers with a flashlight.

— Amy Bloom

A lie has forgiveness. A deceive doesn’t. The difference is in lying to protect and deceiving to harm.

— Eulália Marques

The business of lying is transacted in the abode of the gullible.

— Michael Bassey Johnson

This would go a lot easier if you’d stop screaming in pain, ‘ Zoe told the muscular man lying beneath her.

— Jaime Rush

For the hackneyed art of lying without injury to anyone, Rushbrook, to his shame, was proficient.

— Elizabeth Inchbald, A Simple Story

The P-38 WWII Nazi handgun looks comical lying on the breakfast table next to a bowl of oatmeal.

— Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly. I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.

— Janet Evanovich

It’s a crime, when you think about how little time we get, that a man should ever be bored. When you are lying on your death bead, I expect you regret those weeks wasted more than your worst mistakes.

— Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold

For us to have great and impressive increase, we need to do than just lying down and wishing for the best. We need to get off the bed, lay demands on ourselves and exert enough pressure, as much as necessary to get the kind increase we need

— Sunday Adelaja

Boys, tell your mother to shut her lying whore mouth before I shove the nearest apple down her throat.

— Jason Aaron, The Goddamned, Vol. 1: Before the Flood

The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as Fats could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.

— J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

Summer was full on and the nights hot. It was like lying in warm syrup there in the dark under the viaduct, in the steady whine of gnats and nightbugs

— Cormac McCarthy

I’m not saying she was lying to me, but she just acted so different before I got to know her, and if she really isn’t like what she was at the beginning, I wish she could have just said so.

— Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The history of art is full of women lying around naked for erotic consumption by men.

— Siri Hustvedt, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

When your lover is a liar, you and he have a lot in common, you’re both lying to you!

— Susan Forward, When Your Lover Is a Liar: Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal

The scientific method is nothing more than a system of rules to keep us from lying to each other.

— Ken Norris

For what seemed a long time Mat knelt there with his father’s dead wrist in his hand, while his mind arrived and arrived and yet arrived at that place and time and that body lying still on the soiled and bloodied stones.

— Wendell Berry, Fidelity

When the moment shifts, and you realize you don’t actually want to be alone, that underneath the bravado is an ache that won’t quite fade away, you’re not only aware of how lonely you are, but how much you’ve been lying to yourself.

— J.M. Richards, Tall, Dark Streak of Lightning

I don’t read ‘chick lit, ‘ fantasy or science fiction but I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there and I’ve got half an hour to kill.

— J. K. Rowling

Cheating and lying aren’t struggles, they’re reasons to break up.

— Patti Callahan Henry, Between The Tides

I enjoy controlled loneliness. I like wandering around the city alone. I’m not afraid of coming back to an empty flat and lying down in an empty bed. I’m afraid of having no one to miss, of having no one to love.

— Kuba Wojewódzki

Yeah, cause that would be a smart choice. So, I should just forget about the whole lying to me thing when you pronounce you will never do it again?” “Yes.” “You’d have a better chance getting a donkey to shit gold.

— Elizabeth J. Kolodziej, Witch Devotions

Your core, lying deep within you, is what makes you what you are. Some call it the soul, the Higher Self, the true self, the being and so on. The name is unimportant once you realize that you are more than your looks and outward appearance.

— Stephen Richards, Develop Jedi Self-Confidence: Unleash the Force within You

Always be truthful. When you lie to others, you are really lying to yourself.

— Batya Maman Sabag

Euphemisms persist because lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.

— Bergen Evans

Asking storytellers to be genuine is like, asking a chain smoker to quit smoking . Habit of lying isn’t easy to fix. Pretend as believing is like selling cigarettes. What else we could do, if we want them to be in our lives…

— Heshan Udunuwara

Lice consume grass, rust consumes iron, and lying the soul!

— Anton Chekhov, My Life

Only when I quit lying to myself did I discover the real beauty of my truth.

— Scott Stabile

Now here’s a good one:you’re lying on your deathbed.You have one hour to live.Who is it, exactly, you have neededall these years to forgive?

— Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace

The Written Word is a Fairy, as mocking and elusive as Willy Wisp, speaking lying words to us in a feigned voice. So let all readers of books take warning!

— Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist

I think I must be bleeding. I think, if I’m thinking, I must be alive. I think, my arms must be here somewhere, I can feel them under the concrete. I think, what am I holding, what am I lying on top of?

— Joakim Zander, The Swimmer

Of course a carp is just a carp, waiting to become either your pet, or a gefilte fish. But am I wrong to also see this body lying in a pool of blood, being fibbed about in plain sight, as a metaphor for all the corpses and blood never discussed?

— Leela Corman, We All Wish For Deadly Force

Memory loss is the key to human reproduction. If you remembered what new parenthood was actually like you wouldn’t go around lying to people about how wonderful it is, and you certainly wouldn’t ever do it twice.

— Michael Lewis, Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood

Depression is a lying bastard.You’ll have better days, I promise you.

— Sue Fitzmaurice

If to be truthful is to be cruel, then lying must surely be an act of kindness. And so, kindness is a lie.

— Hikigaya Hachiman

Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.

— Stephen Jay Gould

You’re staring at my ass.”“Yes, I am.” It’s what he did in the mornings, when she woke up and spent the first hour lying around in bed.

— Tara Janzen, On the Loose

He let out a hiss of pain, then smiled that crooked, sheepish smile he always fell back on when he was caught doing something bad. “Sorry. I-I didn’t mean to. I just- I’ve been lying here for hours, thinking about blood.

— Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

I’d never undetstood how Hana Could lie so often and easily. But just like anyhting else, lying becomes easier the more you do it.

— Lauren Oliver, Delirium

As Ginny and Hermione moved closer to the rest of the family, Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling.

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As we look forward to freedom, the shining city on the hill and the best days of America lying ahead, it is the men and women in uniform who protect, defend and make us proud to whom we should look and give thanks every night.

— Robin Hayes

who gets the rare opportunity of spotting a treasure of memories lying among masses, stepping back to stroke it with a secret smile as your mind wanders back to those sleepless yet ecstatic nights you had spent together?only…………a book lover.

— Nadun Lokuliyanage

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I had the fortune or misfortune to learn how to read fluently starting at the age of three. So I had read maybe 150 books by the time I hit 1st grade. And I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.

— Alan Kay

Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up.

— Hannah Arendt

There are literally a million ways to deal with any situation and Madiba was the best teacher in tutoring me to see those ways, but lying was never an option.

— Zelda la Grange

I found her lying naked on the lawn at midnight, can I keep her?

— R.J. Anderson, Spell Hunter

In a cement park across the street is this giant sculpture. It is a giant umbrella frame lying on its side. It’s green. Stand under it, during a rainstorm, you’ll still get wet – that’s why it’s art.

— Peter Hedges, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

But these clouds won’t leaveWalk awayBarely breathingAs I’m lying on the floorTake my heartAs you’re leavingI don’t need it anymore

— Mayday Parade

In some situations lying can also be considered as a good thing, at least for you anyway.

— Tatevik Gharibyan

Corporate advertising is simply expensive lying dressed up as brainwashing

— Dean Cavanagh

The happiest part of a man’s life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.

— Samuel Johnson

The hardest thing about being a writer is convincing your wife that lying on the sofa is work.

— John Hughes

We contradict all for which we stand for we all stand for the lie the whole lie and nothing but the lie so help save our lying asses.

— Brian Spellman

Mitch’s take on humanity had deteriorated to the point where he assumed someone was lying if her lips were moving.

— Jennifer Crusie, What the Lady Wants

When what we say doesn’t match how we act, we are lying to ourselves.

— Cortney S. Warren, Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception

But when women are asked when they’re going to have children, there is, in actually, another darker, more pertinent question lying underneath it.

— Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act.

— Abraham Cahan

And when I saw him[my father] lying dead in a pool of his own blood, I knew then that I hadn’t stopped believing in God. I’d just stopped believing God cared. There might be a God, Clary, and there might be not. Either way, we’re on our own.

— Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

The other night while lying on a couch I reviewed the high point of my life and fell asleep!

— Anonymous

Depressed people don’t end up lying in bed because they are undercommitted to goals. They end up lying in bed because they are overcommitted to goals that are failing.

— Jonathan Rottenberg, The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

If you don’t want to be in an argument with someone, it is probably best to try to solve the problem, rather than lying around hoping the other person will do it for you.

— E. Lockhart, The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.

— William Faulkner

… I’ve run out of options. Stay with the lying psycho or work for the other lying psycho.

— H.M. Ward, The Arrangement 14: The Ferro Family

And, lying on my bed in some biscuit-colored hotel room in Nice, with a balcony facing the Promenade des Anglais, I watch the clouds reflected on sliding panes and marvel even how my sadness can make me happy . . .

— Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

I’m going to see if Morris has a spare spine lying around you can borrow if you’re scared to speak to that high-heeled, smug-ass bitch, Peabody.

— J.D. Robb, Treachery in Death

Lovers think quite different thoughtswhile lying side by side.

— Maya Angelou, I Shall Not Be Moved

With their mother lying in a coma twenty miles away, they clung together drunkenly and wept for the loss of their father.

— Richard Yates, The Easter Parade

Curled on my side, I snuggled deeper into the pile of furs lying under me. From the darkness, something growled softly and silenced the bird as a large warm hand soothed my hair. I sank back into my slumber.

— M.J. Haag, Devastation: A Beauty and the Beast Novel

Why are you singing?” Daniel asked. “You’re just lying in the dirt and singing. That’s weird. I thought you were supposed to be some kind of scary monster.

— Amanda Hocking, Lullaby

My former identity was lying around, somewhere, fragmented and buried, like shards from an earlier civilization.

— Laurie Nadel, Dancing with the Wind: A True Story of Zen in the Art of Windsurfing

What harm does lying cause? One loses people’s trust. And once one loses trust, he becomes worthless.

— Dada Bhagwan

If I look upon my whole life, I cannot think of another time when I felt more comfortable: when I had no worries, fears, or desires, when my life seemed as soft and lovely as lying inside a cocoon of rose silk.

— Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

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

— Samuel Butler

Perhaps that is what I like about these moments of leisurely insight, that come while lying comfortably in the beautiful in-between state of sleeping and waking, dreaming and doing, in which anything is possible and everything is lovely.

— Kayla Severson, Nature’s 1st Gem Is Green

Amidst the crowd, tumbling like a stone, although lying on the roads, I’m but a life.

— Waheed Ibne Musa, Johnny Fracture

When your people are lying dead around you, don’t come crying to me…

— Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

Church was doing what he often did when dropped – lying on his back with all four legs in the air, pretending to be dead in order to induce guilt in his owners.

— Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

Nothing’s wrong. But there’s always suffering, Pudge. Homework or malaria or having a boyfriend who lives far away when there’s a good-looking boy lying next to you. Suffering is universal.

— John Green, Looking for Alaska

To remain lying on thorns (kanta) is called boredom (kantado).

— Dada Bhagwan

The only reason a true friend won’t be there to pick you up is because they are lying beneath you from trying to break your fall.

— Tommy Cotton

But now the other half of “us” was gone and, lying there in my shadowy room, I’d be struck with this realization that I had no clue how to be just me again.

— Jennifer Brown

I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point–race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.

— Molly Ivins

Over the summit, I saw the so-called Mono desert lying dreamily silent in the thick, purple light — a desert of heavy sun-glare beheld from a desert of ice-burnished granite.

— John Muir, The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures

There’s major depression, and then there’s clinical depression. Major depression is what makes you jump off a bridge. I have clinical depression. I jump out of first story windows. It’s the psychological equivalent of lying on a bed of rubber nails.

— Doug Westberg, The Depressed Guy’s Book of Wisdom

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing…

— Redd Foxx

You can see the people who thought they could come to London, bend over and pick gold off the streets. They’re all lying on benches in Trafalgar Square with hernias and cans of Special Brew.

— Garry Crystal, Leaving London

You lying liar, ” Vaan said, “who lies to me with lies. Nobody actually likes Shakespeare! They just pretend to sound more cultural and pretentious.

— A.D. Truax, Pretty Shade of Grey

What are you suggesting I do Ralph?’‘I’m suggesting you tell the bloody truth whatever it is. The only place lying leads is trouble.’“Sometimes that’s the only place telling the truth get you, too.

— M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans

I wish I could run into the world’s arms. Linger within the spaces between nothing. I wish I could filter out of existence. To live quietly without dying. I wish I could be cherished by life itself. To speak and sing volumes without lying to myself.

— F.K. Preston, The Artist, The Audience and a Man Called Nothing

People often cover their mouths when lying. A hand on the mouth or even a touch of the lips shows you that they are lying because this unconscious body language represents a closing off of communication.

— Travis Bradberry

I dread having to call the police, as I have no idea if they will send good cop, bad cop, lying cop, incompetent cop, aggressive cop, assaulting cop, corrupt cop, or the worst one of them all, the terminator cop.

— Steven Magee

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

— Redd Foxx

Men are liars. We’ll lie about lying if we have to. I’m an algebra liar. I figure two good lies make a positive.

— Tim Allen

How about this then.” Chase shifted on the bed. Even without looking, Connie knew he was leaning over earnestly, his brilliant, lying black eyes full of sincerity. “I’ve missed you desperately. I’m overjoyed to find you again. Will you marry me?

— Zoe Chant, Firefighter Pegasus

For every person who rides with a moral high-horse, they also have a dead horse that they haven’t fed lying somewhere out of sight.

— Zack W. Van

Favoring ‘resolution’ the way we do, it is hard for us men to write great love stories. Why?, because we want to tell too much. We aren’t satisfied unless at the end of the story the characters are lying there, panting.

— Roman Payne

Such a dark green, his eyes. They reminded her of the forest, of all the dangers lying dormant behind that verdant cloak of leaves.

— Nenia Campbell, Touched with Sight

…There’s a bit of a difference between a guy lying back being all sexy and come hither and mmrowr-worthy, and a man who has a toy stuffed parrot hanging from his nips.

— Katie MacAlister, The Importance of Being Alice

The loneliest thing in the world is lying awake beside someone asleep. ~ “The November Story

— Rebecca Makkai, Music for Wartime: Stories

Perfection is a lie, and lying to others is explicable but lying to oneself is the highest form of deceit.

— Chinonye J. Chidolue

I hated lying to my family.I had no choice.As a werewolf, the pack’d go apeshit if they found out I’d spent the last few months shagging a cat.~Kyle Larsen

— J.A. Belfield, Unnatural

The injured captain, lying in the bow, was at this time buried in that profound dejection and indifference which comes, temporarily at least, toeven the bravest and most enduring when, willy nilly, the firm fails, the army loses, the ship goes down.

— Stephen Crane

Suddenly, she burst out, “I want to punch her evil, lying face.”Liam caught a flash of hot gold as Dad looked at them, narrow-eyed, in the rearview mirror. Dad said, completely seriously, “I can make that happen.

— Thea Harrison, Peanut Goes to School

Who you gonna believe, bitch? Me? or your lying eyes?

— Richard Pryor

As bronze may be much beautified by lying in the dark damp soil, so men who fade in dust of warfare fade fairer, and sorrow blooms their soul.

— Wilfred Owen, The Poems Of Wilfred Owen

Better an honest devil than a lying angel…

— Larry Bonner

Everyone dies alone, Eragon. Whether you are a king on a battlefield or a lowly peasant lying in bed among your family, no one can accompany you into the void.

— Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

I would like to tell the young men and women before me not to lose hope and courage. Success can only come to you by courageous devotion to the task lying in front of you.

— C. V. Raman

Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.

— Charles M. Schulz

I can taste fear, and lies, on a man’s skin, Cavrax.” The Master Priest whispered, watching the large pulse on the cleric’s neck beat like a caged thing begging for release. “You’re lying to me.

— C.N. Faust, The Dragon’s Disciples

The thing about lying to your parents is, you have to do it to protect them.It’s for their own good.

— Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl

Sitting on couch, lying legs apart Dark dirty naked. Smiling at me, Wicked lazy lusty eyes. I moaned, When saw movement inside his silent, The thick forest of pubic hair.

— Delicious David, Dark Desires: II Gay Erotic Poems

… a metaphor … is like lying but more decorative.

— Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

In fact, lying to ourselves may be the most dangerous thing in the world because we live our truth whether we are honest about it or not.

— Cortney S. Warren, Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception

He did not care for the lying at first. He hated it. Then later he had come to like it. It was part of being an insider but it was a very corrupting business.

— Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

I think we shall have trouble learning how to lie, having for so long practiced the art of going round and round the truth without ever lying about it, or reaching it either.

— Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

It’s very kind of you to take us in, ” said the vicar, smiling. “We’re so sorry if we’ve put you out at all.” “Not at all!” I said, lying through my teeth.

— Victoria Twead, Two Old Fools in Spain Again

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.

— Hannah Arendt

You had this all planned, didn’t you?’ I accused. ‘Thought you could come in here and seduce me like you do everyone else?’ It wasn’t as if I could be angry, lying atop him as I was, but I tried.

— Kim Harrison, Every Which Way But Dead

I’m great at lying to myself.

— Karina Halle, Where Sea Meets Sky

Alice couldn’t explain why, exactly, but she knew now that things had changed between them. Oliver had become her friend in an absolute, uncomplicated way. She was done fighting him, and he was done lying to her.

— Tahereh Mafi, Furthermore

It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.

— Samuel Johnson

She thinks of him lying there, the beautiful moment never arriving, never ruined, never disappointing, over. It must be sublime dwelling in that house of longing, forever poised on desire’s trembling tip, before everything is wrecked.

— Susan Johnson, My Hundred Lovers

Lucus?”She found him on the bed in the master suite, lying with his arms crossed behind his head, glaring at the ceiling as though it had done him wrong in some way.

— Sarah Mayberry, Burning Up

Scream at the mangled leather carcass lying at the foot of the stairs, and my parents would roar with laughter. “That’s what you get for leaving your wallet on the kitchen table.

— David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

The paint is drying, and time is dying. The pain is crying, lying on my back, trying to get back the time, to brushstrokes too fast, wet went dry and love went dull; now I live in a portrait I never painted.

— Anthony Liccione

It’s better to be sworn to an honest fool than to a lying scholar

— Christopher Paolini, Eldest

diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one’s country.

— Ambrose Bierce

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.

— Robert Benchley

Well, I’d rather be unhappy than have the sort of false, lying happiness you were having here.

— Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Public “facts” are not like pebbles on the beach, lying in the sun and waiting to be seen. They must instead be picked, polished, shaped and packaged. Finally ready for display they the bear the marks of their shapers.

— Peter Conrad, Deviance and Medicalization: From Badness to Sickness

Logic stems from the mind of man, therefore it’s limited, it’s flawed. Faith gives you hope, keeps you from despair. Faith is what picks you up and ensures you keep going. Logic keeps you lying facedown in the muck at your feet.

— Eric Van Lustbader, First Daughter

I have come to discover that the reason why they are so wealthy and prosperous is not because they were lying on the couch all day.

— Sunday Adelaja

The secret is to know how to lie” he used to say, ” and to know when someone’s lying to you”. His father, Steve eventually decided, must have known how to lie.

— Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds.

— John Ruskin

I wondered whether trusting him was merely unwise or if it crossed the line into recklessness, like lying down for a nap in the middle of a road.

— Ransom Riggs, Library of Souls

The real Muslim is the one who prefers speaking the truth even when it is ruinous to him over lying even when it benefits him, and who finds inner peace in doing so.

— Ali ibn Abi Talib

I felt numb, I felt empty. I was a shell, an abandoned chrysalis, a tomb lying in wait for the dead

— Amy Hatvany, It Happens All the Time

With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral.

— James Bovard

I swear to you, by my own stunning good looks and towering ego, that I am not lying to you.

— Jim Butcher, Grave Peril

I would bend over backward to be back on Grey’s. Any day, I’ll choose lying in bed with Katherine Heigl looking over me over getting thrown against walls by supernatural persons at 5 in the morning.

— Jeffrey Dean Morgan

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t angry some days. But I really have worked hard to put a lot of the anger and disappointment in the past.

— Monica Lewinsky

Donata Santori looked down at the dead body lying at her feet and thought, ‘Damn, that can’t be a good sign.

— Deborah Blake, Veiled Menace

The RemoteI often think about youwhen I’m lying alone inmy room with my mouthopen and the remotelost somewhere in the bed.

— Leonard Cohen, Book of Longing

Let me tell you, never before in the history of this planet has anybody made the progress that African-Americans have made in a 30-year period, in spite of many black folks and white folks lying to one another.

— Dick Gregory

…were she lying crushed under the ruins of a building, were she torn by the bomb of an air raid, so long as she was still in existence she would know that action is man’s foremost obligation, regardless of anything he feels…

— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.

— Ken Robinson

You lie like butter wouldn’t melt in your mouth, Edward.”He smiled. “I don’t lie to you.””Really, ” I said.The smile became a grin. “Okay, not most of the time, anymore.” His face sobered. “I’m not lying now.

— Laurell K. Hamilton, Skin Trade

Not that there’s anything wrong with just lying around on your back. In it’s way, rotting is interesting too, as we will see. It’s just that there are other ways to spend your time as a cadaver.

— Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Never regret trusting someone. It proves you have a heart. But if he turns out to be a lying worm … I’m not going to waste my time crying. Because I am way too fabulous for that.

— Jude Watson, Beyond the Grave

It’s these small differences in people’s karma that determine if we get up or remain lying on the ground.

— Peter Høeg, The Quiet Girl

Honesty is vulnerability. Sadly, not everyone can handle someone’s honesty. However, lying allows people to be comfortable.

— Shannon L. Alder

If you’re lying to everyone you know, including yourself, at every possible turn, is a little upheaval really the worst that could happen to your life right now?

— Agnostic Zetetic

When you’re lying in bed at night and regrets from the day come to steal your sleep… “I should have” “If only I’d” “I wish I’d”…grab one of them and turn it into an “I will” and sleep peacefully knowing tomorrow will be a better day.

— L.R. Knost

Society can only exist on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.

— Lin Yutang

[S]he was in a pretty crazy place, screaming and waving the bucket-knife around, spattered with blood from head to toe. Lee was lying on the floor, quietly pumping out his life through his throat.

— Max Barry, Lexicon

Only a person with the true heart of a dictionary-writer would be lying in bed, three days after being stabbed in the gut, worrying about his P’s.

— Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue

Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.

— Margaret Atwood

When one is grown up, money is lying about at one’s service. It is only when one is young that it is rare. Take no thought for money – that always lies to hand.(Women in Love)

— D.H. Lawrence

Now, listen Tyler, ‘ Lara said, feeling a little impatient. She rather liked a cuddle after sex, and a bit of kissing. But a guilt trip was absolutely unacceptable, even if they were lying naked on someone else’s kitchen table.

— Lola Salt, The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft

I’m sick of people lying to me for my own good when really it’s for there own good.

— Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

I’d be lying if I said killing off characters wasn’t therapeutic in some way.

— Eliza Green

Love is like a musical score, sometimes very tuneful, creating a harmony of sounds, sometimes extremely harsh, striking a hell of false notes. (“Love lying fallow “)

— Erik Pevernagie

if lying would be a crime, we would all be in jail right now

— PLL.

Maybe the problem with lying is that once you start faking it, it’s impossible to tell where the make-believe you ends and the real you begins. It’s hard to be who you are, but it’s even harder to keep up the lie.

— Autumn Doughton, Chasing Polaris

if you try you might succeed. If you don’t try you won’t succeed. On motor bike racing it goes= if you fall off and get back up you might win. if you stay lying down you won’t win. Keep trying

— Warren Fox, Nobody promised life would be easy

She draws patterns on my face / These lines make shapes that can’t replace / the version of me that I hold inside / when lying with you, lying with you, lying with you.

— Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

In the symphony of love, the lost chord is a small organ lying somewhat north of the vagina.

— Ruth Herschberger, Adams rib

Yes, and only if my own true love was waiting If I could hear his heart softly pounding Yes, and only if he was lying by me Would I lie in my bed once again.

— Bob Dylan

I’m a crumbled up piece of paper lying here, ’cause I remember it all too well

— Taylor Swift

Is there any place on earth that smells better than a Laundromat? It’s like a rainy Sunday when you don’t have to get out from under your covers, or like lying back on the grass your father’s just mowed–comfort food for your nose.

— Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

He wouldn’t let his servants change the sheets on his bed because they still smelled like her, because he went to sleep dreaming that she was still lying beside him.

— Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight

We all choke and the man who says he doesn’t choke is lying like hell. We all leak oil.

— Lee Trevino

Sandar came to stand beside him, frowning down at the crumpled High Lord. “He does not look so mighty lying there, ” he said wonderingly. “He does not look so much greater than me.

— Robert Jordan, The Dragon Reborn

Just as I’d realize that I couldn’t keep lying to her because I was in love with her, She’d realize that you can’t love a lie.”Preston Drake – “Just for Now

— Abbi Glines, Just for Now

Why lie, Robert? Why lie? You know that lying is the alcoholics kryptonite, you can’t afford it, the reasonable voice in his head screamed.

— Gudjon Bergmann, The Meditating Psychiatrist Who Tried to Kill Himself

…sleep is a skilled magician, it changes the proportions of things, the distances between them, it separates people and they’re lying next to each other, brings them together and they can barely see one another…

— José Saramago, The Tale of the Unknown Island

Myrnin was heading for Kim when she picked up a crossbow lying on a table nearby and shot him pointblank in the

— Rachel Caine, Bite Club

After he was assassinated, his family and the men who had served him continued the lying and began the destruction, censoring and hiding of JFK’s medical records.

— Richard Reeves

I don’t think homosexuality is a choice. Society forces you to think it’s a choice, but in fact, it’s in one’s nature. The choice is whether one expresses one’s nature truthfully or spends the rest of one’s life lying about it.

— Marlo Thomas

What’s the most offensive is not their lying- one can always forgive lying- lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth- what is offensive is that they lie and worship their own lying….

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

I’d never been much of an athlete, due to a physical condition I’d had since birth (unathleticism). Perhaps if there were a sport centered around lying on your couch in a neurotic stupor all day, I’d take an interest.

— Colson Whitehead, The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

Because a sound tree doesn’t have bad roots, Amara. No enterprise of greatnessbegins with treachery, with lying to the people who trust and love you

— Jim Butcher, Furies of Calderon

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want youI’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish you were mineThe truth is, you stole my heart from afarThe truth is, you still have it. 

— Justin Wetch, Bending The Universe

I struggle to discover what these silent sons of mine want, but words have always failed me. They are sullen even as they tell me they are okay. I know they are lying but there is nothing I can do.

— Jinat Rehana Begum, First Fires

How do you circumvent a mind bent upon lying to get away from the truth?

— Noorilhuda, Catharsis

He holds her with the strength of a million-man army, but with all the tenderness of her heart lying naked in the palms of his hands.

— Laura Kreitzer, Phantom Universe

And after that, I watched our house collapse in on itself and I spent some time lying in the rubble. Then I vanished completely. I wasn’t here at all. Then you phoned.

— Ali Smith

We tend to view ourselves as this, lying in contradiction with everything that is not ourselves, that.

— Chris Matakas, #Human: Learning To Live In Modern Times

Resorting to lying or cheating in any competition amounts to conceding defeat.

— George Hammond

Because if I ever get nailed, I don’t want you running out to get the same medicine. Believe me, if it’s you lying out there, I’m gonna make sure you’re alive before I go.

— Henry V. O’Neil, Live Echoes

Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.

— Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.

— Clint Eastwood, Wild Open Spaces: Why We Love Westerns

… when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, … or holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind.

— Joseph Addison

All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

— Thomas Carlyle