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Ayn Rand – Lying is an act of self-abdication

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Ayn RandPeople think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.

Ayn Rand  

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Groucho Marx – Find out if a man is honest

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Groucho MarxThere is one way to find out if a man is honest — ask him. If he says “yes,” you know he is crooked.

Groucho Marx   (Oct 2, 1890-Aug 19, 1977)

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Jane Austen – Honest and rich

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Jane AustenBe honest and poor, by all means — but I shall not envy you; I do not much think I shall even respect you. I have a much greater respect for those that are honest and rich.

Jane Austen   (1775-1817)
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Banana Yoshimoto – I never tell my boyfriend that. . .

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Banana YpshimotoI never tell my boyfriend that I’m busy when I’m not. No matter how effective they are, cheap techniques like that just don’t agree with me. So it’s always okay, it’s always all right. In my opinion the surest way to hook a man is to be as open with him as possible.

Banana Yoshimoto  

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Demosthenes – To remind and speak of your own bounties

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For this is my maxim. I hold that the party receiving an obligation should ever remember it, the party conferring should forget it immediately, if the one is to act with honesty, the other without meanness. To remind and speak of your own bounties is next door to reproaching.

Demosthenes   (384 BC-322 BC)

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Owen Feltham – When a man is know to be false to his word

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It was a false maxim of Domitian that he who would gain the people of Rome must promise all things and perform nothing. For when a man is known to be false in his word, instead of a column, which he might be by keeping it, for others to rest upon, he becomes a reed, which no man will vouchsafe to lean upon. Like a floating island, when we come next day to seek it, it is carried from the place we left it in, and, instead of earth to build upon, we find nothing but inconstant and deceiving waves.

Owen Feltham  

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Richard Feynman – Ordinary fools are alright

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Richard FeynmanOrdinary fools are alright; you can talk to them and try to help them out. But pompous fools – guys who are fools and covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus – THAT, I CANNOT STAND! An ordinary fool isn’t a faker; an honest fool is alright. But a dishonest fool is terrible!

Richard Feynman   (1918-1988)

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Randy Pausch – Being earnest and telling the truth

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Randy PauschHow do you get people to help you? You can’t get there alone. People have to help you and I do believe in karma. I believe in paybacks. You get people to help you by telling the truth. Being earnest. I’ll take an earnest person over a hip person every day, because hip is short term. Earnest is long term. Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself.

Randy Pausch  

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