Dishonesty Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old dishonesty quotes, dishonesty sayings, and dishonesty proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Dishonesty of any kind will create a blemish.     

Gordon B. Hinckley

Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.     

George Bancroft

People want to work with somebody who feels shame, who worries about the perceptions of others. Dishonesty is something we don't like in others.     

Frans De Waal

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

Lying can never save us from another lie.     

Vaclav Havel

Lying is done with words and also with silence.     

Adrienne Rich

Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part of dupes.     

Thomas Carlyle

Hatred of dishonesty generally arises from fear of being deceived.     

Luc De Clapiers

Lying is the greatest of all sins.     

Alfred Nobel

Lying is not only saying what isn't true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.     

Albert Camus

The thing about lying is, it is quite exhausting - you have to remember a lot.     

Rupert Everett

Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.     

Susan Sontag

Lying about anything is the cruelest thing in the world you could ever do. Be who you are. Don't try to be someone you're not. It never works.     

Summer Glau

Falsehood is a perennial spring.     

Edmund Burke

When being dishonest, people can still tell the truth. Be mindful of the treacherous that do not lie.     

Eric Parslow

Lying is the only art form that the public sanctions and instinctively prefers to reality.     

Jean Cocteau

It is not only by dint of lying to others, but also of lying to ourselves, that we cease to notice that we are lying.     

Marcel Proust

Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.     

Aleister Crowley

Lying is a terrible vice, it testifies that one despises God, but fears men.     

Michel de Montaigne

Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.     


Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.     

Steven Soderbergh

The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.     

John Tillotson

Lying is not only a defense mechanism; it's also a coping mechanism and a survival technique.     

Monica Raymund

There's something different about looking someone in the eyes and doing something dishonest to doing it over the phone or screen.     

Justin Welby

Lying is a sin destructive to society; for there is no trade where there is no trust, and there is no trust where there is no truth.     

Wellins Calcott

The worst kind of lying I've ever done is keeping things from people.     

Elijah Wood

The deception of others is almost always rooted in the deception of ourselves.     

Bill W

Being dishonest to himself is the biggest crime any human can make     


Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.     

Clare Boothe Luce

Saying what you believe others want to hear is, of course, a form of lying.     

Karl Ove Knausgard

Lying does exist in crazy forms.     

Chris Pine

There are people who exaggerate so much that they can't tell the truth without lying.     

Mark Twain

''They say'' is often a great liar.     


Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.     

Oscar Wilde

Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.     


Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.     

Hosea Ballou

It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.     

Thomas Paine

Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.     

Pierre Corneille

There's a degree of deception in silence.     

Don Lemon

All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.     

Robert Southey

Deception may give us what we want for the present, but it will always take it away in the end.     

Rachel Hawthorne

For the most part fraud in the end secures for its companions repentance and shame.     

Charles Simmons

To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.     


False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.     


He who indulges in falsehood will find the paths of paradise shut to him.     

Abu Bakr

A divine falsehood is more powerful than any human truth.     

Mikhail Bakunin

Falsehood is the jockey of misfortune.     

Jean Giraudoux

Falsehood always endeavors to copy the mien and attitude of truth.     

Samuel Johnson

It is a true saying that One falsehood leads easily to another.