lying

Before drifting away entirely, he found himself reflecting – not for the first time – on the peculiarity of adults. They tool laxatives, liquor, or sleeping pills to drive away their terrors so that sleep would come, and their terrors were so tame and domestic: the job, the money, what the teacher will think if I can’t get Jennie nicer clothes, does my wife still love me, who are my friends. They were pallid compared to the fears every child lies cheek and jowl with in his dark bed, with no one to confess to in hope of perfect understanding but another child. There is no group therapy or psychiatry or community social services for the child who must cope with the thing under the bed or in the cellar every night, the thing which leers and capers and threatens just beyond the point where vision will reach. The same lonely battle must be fought night after night and the only cure is the eventual ossification of the imaginary faculties, and this is called adulthood.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

It’s just that sometimes we make things up just to talk.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

We are being very nomadic with the truth, yes?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Try to live so that you can always tell the truth.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

And there lies the horror: the past we remember is devoid of time. Impossible to reexperience a love the way we reread a book or resee a film.

Milan Kundera, Ignorance

Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

There is only one sin. And that is theft… When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

So I wasn’t lying, exactly. I was just choosing among truths.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

This is what ruling is; lying on a bed of weeds, ripping them out by the root, one by one, before they strangle you in your sleep!

Cersei Lannister, Game Of Thrones

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