Samuel Butler quote about lie from The Note-Books of Samuel Butler - We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
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We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
 Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912). copy citation

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Author Samuel Butler
Source The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
Topic lie compliments
Date 1912
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/6173/6173-h/6173-h.htm

Context

“There can no more be a true statement without falsehood distributed through it, than a note on a well-tuned piano that is not intentionally and deliberately put out of tune to some extent in order to have the piano in the most perfect possible tune. Any perfection of tune as regards one key can only be got at the expense of all the rest.
IX Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
X I seem to see lies crowding and crushing at a narrow gate and working their way in along with truths into the domain of history. Nature's Double Falsehood That one great lie she told about the earth being flat when she knew it was round all the time!” source

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