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Quotes: Consummate Liar
"Every word she writes in a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'"
Mary McCarthy on, er... 'colleague' Lillian Hellman, The Dick Cavett Show

"I caught Truman out in a dozen or so lies that everyone else preferred to believe. I can't think what labor of Hercules I thought I had undertaken, and certainly to no useful end, because the instant lie was Truman's art form, small but, paradoxically, authentic. One could watch the process. A famous name would be registered. The round pale fetus face would suddenly register a sort of tic, as if a switch had been thrown. 'Eleanor Roosevelt. Oh, I know her intimately!"
Gore Vidal on Truman Capote, Palimpsest

I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible.
Holden Caufield, The Catcher in the Rye

Toph: And stick to the truth. I'll be able to tell if you're lying.
Azula: Are you sure? I'm a pretty good liar. I am a four-hundred-foot tall purple platypus bear with pink horns and silver wings.
(Beat)
Toph: ...Okay, you're good. I admit it.
Avatar: The Last Airbender The Day of Black Sun Part 2: "The Eclipse"

One lie after another. You make it look easy.
Ryuk (to Light), Death Note

"Lying is a skill like any other, and if you want to maintain a level of excellence, you have to practice constantly."
Elim Garak, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("In Purgatory's Shadow")

Chip Cheezum: [If Revolver Ocelot were president], every time there's, like, a State of the Union address, it'd just be him going "I tricked all of you, America! I tricked you into thinking that I tricked you! And then I tricked you again! Bet you didn't see that one coming!"
GeneralIronicus: "Even I don't know how many times you've been tricked!"
Chip Cheezum: "I got a trick-diary!"
GeneralIronicus: "I tricked myself into tricking me to trick you, to trick me to trick the Patriots!"
Chip Cheezum: "I can't do anything without tricking! I can't even ask for pepper without tricking them into giving me the pepper!"

''I lied. That's what I do.
Benjamin Linus, LOST

Zack: Is your name Walter Burke?
Walter Burke: [serious] No.
Polygraph Interrogator: [troubled] True.


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