"Observe, I do not mean to suggest that the custom of lying has suffered any decay or interruption -- no, for the Lie, as Virtue, as Principle, is eternal; the Lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man's best and surest friend, is immortal, and cannot perish from the earth while this club remains.

My complaint, simply concerns the decay of the art of lying. No high-minded man, no man of right feeling, can contemplate the lumbering and slovenly lying of the present day without grieving to see a noble art so prostituted. ... If this finest of the fine art arts had everywhere received the attention, encouragement, and conscientious practice and development which this club has devoted to it, I should not need to utter this lament, or cry a single tear. I do not say this to flatter. I say it in a spirit of just and appreciative recognition."
by:
Mark Twain
[Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) American author and humorist
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address to Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford, 1882
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(-; I like it a lot ;-). Beyond the science of facts, evidence and absolutes  lying's art form has reached a new pinnacle in its volume and boldness. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land's ecclesiastical propagators (MSM), seminaries (government schools), high priests and priestesses (theocratic patrons of all stations), etc., practice one of their gods sacred mantras: "tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth" (Lenin). The CCP's criminal puppet that would be king/god ,as a lying dog faced pony soldier, personifies the title "Liar in Chief".
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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