"The cruelest lies are often told in silence."
Robert Louis Stevenson
(1850-1895) Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer
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Occasionally I'll tune into CNN or Fox just to see what they're NOT telling us today.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    These are the lies few believe when they do hear them.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- RobertSRQ      
    To withhhold the truth or the answer because someone has not asked the right question is indeed cruel. Prosecutorial misconduct is one example of this.
     -- Judith, New Mexico     
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    The ol' lies of omission game. Fits in well with situational ethics.
     -- jack steinhoff, land of cleve     
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    You gotta love Hillary, she's never silent about her lies, she just belts 'em out at the top of her lungs.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    I disagree with this quote.I believe that silence is the voice of wisdom and truth and all that silence does for those unable to hear the voice of wisdom and truth In silence is to leave open to interpretation what one believes is unsaid.
     -- Kevin Shearer, NY State     
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    Don't believe you said any thing Kevin.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    It is cheaper to perpetrate one lie through silence, than bribe ten more into becoming liars. Stevenson in his own words was a " red hot socialist" Tory, turning conservative due to his "failing animal heat."
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    By way of extremely terse example: the actions, canons and rules of carnal men that carry the erroneous nomenclature of law are silent. People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous. (Edmund Burke). Silence screaming the cruelest reality of slavery is the lie that the current occupying statist theocracy infesting this land is a government of law.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The most profound Truths, and the cruelest of lies, are often told in silence.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Mary, MI      

    With further consideration: Is Mr Stevenson saying the hunter's lies are the most cruel because he just signals for the victimization of his victim? He just signals his supposed justified behaviour, correct? Is this correct my hunter "audience?"

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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