Quotes for "Lying"

Sam Harris

  • When we presume to lie for the benefit of others, we have decided that we are the best judges of how much they should understand about their own lives—about how they appear, their reputations, or their prospects in the world. This is an extraordinary stance to adopt toward other human beings, and it requires justification.
  • Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies.
  • The lies of the powerful lead us to distrust governments and corporations. The lies of the weak make us callous toward the suffering of others. The lies of conspiracy theorists raise doubts about the honesty of whistle-blowers, even when they are telling the truth. 17 Lies are the social equivalent of toxic waste: Everyone is potentially harmed by their spread.