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People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become.  And they pay for it simply: By the lives they lead.

Edith Wharton, American novelist (1862-1937)

from her novel, The Age of Innocence


If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot immediately!

Douglas Noel Adams (1952-2001)

from   The   Hitchhiker’s   Guide   to   the   Galaxy,   spoken   by   Zaphod   Beeblebrox


It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you place the BLAME.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The man who can smile when things go wrong, has thought of someone else he can blame it on.

Robert Bloch (1917-1994)


“Our children are our jewels; we have counted well the cost;
May their angels ever guard them, and not one child be lost.”
— Aurelia Spencer Rogers

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.

Marian Wright Edelman (1939- )


Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.

Author Unknown, (but attributed to a 7 year old boy)


A half truth is a whole lie.

Old Yiddish Proverb

You k’n hide de fier but what you guine do wid de smoke?

Joel Chandler Harris (1845-1908)

from   Uncle   Remus

Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it.  The worst lies are those whose blade  is false but whose handle is true.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

I never know how much of what I say is true.
Bette Midler (1945-  )

I’ve seen honest faces before.  They usually come  attached to liars.

‘Willow’  from   Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series

If you wish to strengthen a lie mix a little truth in with it.

The Zohar

There are some good people.  But a good chunk of them will lie for no reason at all.  It’ll be 10 o’clock and they’ll tell you it’s 9:00.  You’re looking at the clock and you can’t even fathom why they’re lying.  they just lie because that’s what they do.

John Cusack (1966–)


America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


We dance around in a ring and suppose.
But the secret sits in the middle and knows.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

The Secret Sits, from “A Witness Tree”, 1942


If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.

Mark Twain  (1835-1910)

When money speaks the truth is silent.

Russian Proverb

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever   happened.

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four; calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction.  Fiction has to make sense.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards

Alexander Jablokov (1956- )

Karma’s a bitch.  She’ll take care of it.


You can bend it and twist it… You can misuse and abuse it… But even God cannot change the Truth.

Michael Levy (1945–)

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

The truth is  “hate speech” only to those who have something to hide.

Michael Rivera

There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.

Agnes Repplier (1855-1950)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. debilee permalink
    February 19, 2009 11:35 pm

    lotsa luck on your book, let us know as we encourage a good read !!
    now… a question for ya , who wrote
    “i was born with nothing and still have most of it”?
    Thats been a favorite quote of mine since I read it a few yrs back but dunno who who wrote it.

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 20, 2009 6:51 am

    Thanks, debilee.

    I googled your quote and I believe a man named Michael Davis wrote it. I’ve always liked it too.

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