200 Liar Quotes for When You’ve Been Lied to and Manipulated

Filed in Quote by on December 4, 2023

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While most of us have told white lies at some point in our lives, things get much worse when you’re dealing with outright liars. Lies can either destroy the trust you once had in someone or make your life much more difficult.

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Liars Quotes

1. “Once a country is habituated to liars, it takes generations to get the truth back.” ― Gore Vidal

2. “To know the good from the bad, study a man or woman’s history of actions, not their record of intentions.” ― Suzy Kassem

3. “Never stand in the way of letting God use people’s actions, in order to solve a greater issue in the world.” ― Shannon L. Alder

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4. “I don’t hate Liars. I just disrespect them, because they disrespect themselves in the first place.” ― Revaz Eristavi

5. “When you don’t have honesty in love then there is no communication. Honesty is the improvisation of the heart; anything less is a well thought out and rehearsed the script.” ― Shannon L. Alder

6. “People don’t lie to contaminate truth. They lie to pollute their hearts.” ― Munia Khan

7. “You can’t always expect people to apply your wisdom when they didn’t use wisdom before they found themselves knee deep in their version of justice.” ― Shannon L. Alder

8. “The problem with being a liar is you can never believe anyone else.” ― Chloe Thurlow

9. “Only fools and liars claim to know everything because the fool thinks all that he knows is everything and the liar knows there is no sufficient data to know everything” ― Nyona Matende

10. “No one believes a liar. Even when she’s telling the truth.” ― Sara Shepard

11. “Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they’re honest about everything.” ― Chuck Klosterman

12. “Take back your power! I wish you the wisdom to realize that the problem isn’t that they keep lying to you; it’s that you keep believing them.” ― Steve Maraboli

13. “There is tremendous trauma in the betrayal caused by a perpetual liar as they repeatedly commit psychological abuse.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin

14. “In politics, you learn how to say A mean to say B, in wisdom you learn how to say A and keep saying that.” ― Auliq Ice

15. “Before you call yourself a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other theology, learn to be human first.” ― Shannon L. Alde

16. “Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally.” ― Kamand Kojouri

17. “Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake.” ― Suzy Kassem

18. “Be careful… not all are what they seem. Some people pretend to be the beach, but they’re actually quicksand.” ― Steve Maraboli

19. “The ability to lie, paired with unaccountability, has made a near infinite amount of liabilities.” ― Justin K. McFarlane

20. “I wasn’t sure which was worse – to know you were a liar or to believe your own bullshit.” ― Eileen Cook

21. “Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to misrecognize the truth.” ― DaShanne Stokes

22. “Pigs are dirty, but I will tell you something dirtier: Liars! Untruth always smells like rotten garbage!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

23. “But he that sows lie in the end shall not lack a harvest, and soon he may rest from toil indeed, while others reap and sow in his stead.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

24. “When people don’t tell you the truth what they really are saying is they don’t value you or their relationship with you enough, to be honest.” ― Shannon L. Alder

25. “I don’t degrade anyone, but a liar and a person, who doesn’t keep his or her words, has not any value in my eyes.” ― Ehsan Sehgal

26. “Lies are like cockroaches, for every one you discover there are many more that are hidden.” ― Gary Hopkins

27. “Stop falling for those who won’t raise you up in the future.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson

28. “When your ears hear one thing, but your eyes see another…use your brain.” ― Frank Sonnenberg

29. “Stupidity is to have amnesia over your own faults when the person you hate makes theirs.” ― Shannon L. Alder

30. “One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.” ― Al David

31. “Direct lies, small lies, huge lies, and lies of omission… these are all self-serving and sources of self-destruction.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin

32. “Neither a fake friend nor a liar can be trusted, with a secret.” ― Ellen J. Barrier

33. “Adding more bull to bull yields bigger bull.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin

34. “The way to happiness is by the truth. Seek to be true in all things and you will have a foundation to build your future.” ― Shannon L. Alder

35. “A coward talks to everyone but YOU.” ― Shannon L. Alder

36. “Accepting fraud from our leaders means accepting fraud in our personal lives.” ― DaShanne Stokes

37. “Thieves and liars kill indirectly, unintentionally, and with no other weapon than their tongues and malice.” ― A.E.H. Veenman

38. “Lies don’t end relationships the truth does.” ― Shannon L. Alder

35. “I do really believe that, like so many liars, there is a real substratum of truth behind her lies.” ― Agatha Christie

36. “Screaming and repeating lies makes them neither true nor more believable.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin

37. “He, of course, is a liar, but that doesn’t really matter because, if you know liars are liars, it comes to the same thing.” ― Agatha Christie

38. “When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him.” ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

39. “People lie, cheat and bully one another and then wonder why they’re unhappy.” ― Marty Rubin

40. “When your lover is a liar, you and he have a lot in common, you’re both lying to you!” ― Susan Forward

41. “Hypocrites get offended by the truth.” ― Jess C. Scott

42. “Unfortunately, in today’s world a liar seems to be more reliable than a truthful, honest man.” ― Munia Khan

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Liar Quotes for Self Protection

43. “Warns, lies, liars, and mysteries everything in one place. What’s more awesome than that??? Better check out Blindspot!” ― Deyth Banger

44. “People wear a mask of a lie, so they look attractive, so be careful.” ― Muhammad Saqib

45. “We reveal most about ourselves when we speak about others.” ― Kamand Kojouri

46. “The liar was the hottest to defend his veracity, the coward his courage, the ill-bred his gentlemanliness, and the cad his honor.” ― Margaret Mitchell

47. “Once you place that crown of liar on your head, you can take it off again, but it leaves a stain for all time.” – Terry Goodkind

48. “The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.” – Thomas Sowell

49.  “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” – Adolf Hitler

50. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

51. “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” – Stephen King

52. “The most confused we ever get is when we’re trying to convince our heads of something our heart knows is a lie.” – Karen Marie Moning

53. “A good liar knows that the most efficient lie is always a truth that has had a key piece removed from it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

54. “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

55. “A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.” – Aesop

56. “A liar is a liar and lives on the lies he tells and dies in a life of lies.” – Carl Sandburg

57. “The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones.” – Cheryl Hughes

58. “Hard truths can be dealt with, triumphed over, but lies will destroy your soul.” – Patricia Briggs

59. “Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

60. “If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.” – W. Somerset Maugham

61. “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.” – Dorothy Allison

62. “No relationship is perfect and people who say they don’t argue are either liars or biting their tongues all the time.” –Kym Marsh

63. “Regrets? I think everyone has regrets, and people who say they haven’t are either liars… or narcissists.” –Lee Radziwill

64. “Bands that say they don’t care about how their records sell are liars.” –Brandon Flowers

65. “The best liars lie with their eyes rather than with their words.”  –Joanna Scott

66. “I think all actors are professional liars.” –Sidharth Malhotra

67. “The world is not fair, and often fools, cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places.” –Bryant H. McGill

68. “Liars need to have good memories.” –Algernon Sidney

69. “He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.” –Charles Peguy

70. “Men are liars. We’ll lie about lying if we have to. I’m an algebra liar. I figure two good lies make a positive.” –Tim Allen

71. “Liars are always most disposed to swear.” –Vittorio Alfieri

72. “The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” – George Carlin

73. “Over time, any deception destroys intimacy, and without intimacy couples cannot have true and lasting love.” – Bonnie Eaker Weil

74. I never lie,” I said offhand. “At least not to those I don’t love. – Anne Rice

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Liar Quotes for When You’ve Been Deceived

75. “When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie.” – Criss Jami

76. “If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.” – Bruce Lee

77. “Even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it’s used for selfish or cowardly reasons.” – Jeanne Birdsall

78. “When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves-they threaten their own self-esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true.” – Cheryl Hughes

79. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” – George Washington

80. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

81. “The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as facts could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.” – J.K. Rowling

82. “Lying is done with words, and also with silence.” — Adrienne Rich

83. “While photographs may not lie, liars may photograph.” — Lewis Hine

84. “Liars are always ready to take oaths.” — Vittorio Alfieri

85. “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.” — Rudyard Kipling

86. “The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.” — John Ruskin

87. “The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.” — George Bernard Shaw 

88. “A storyteller makes up things to help other people; a liar makes up things to help himself.” — Daniel Wallace

89. “Liars share with those they deceive the desire not to be deceived.” — Sissela Bok 

90. “Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.” — Austin O’Malley

91. “No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” — Abraham Lincoln

92. “A liar should have a good memory.” ― T.M. Logan

93. “You do not need to defeat a liar, a liar’s lie is itself his or her defeat.” ― Ehsan Sehgal

94. “The one who most seems like a liar is the one who tells a bold-face truth.” ― Runa Pigden

95. “Some people sometimes kiss and tell; some sometimes tell without having kissed.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

96. “A persistent liar cannot prosper without a powerful memory.” ― Amit Kalantri

97. “Be bad, but at least don’t be a liar, a deceiver!” ― Leo Tolstoy

98. “Denial can be beautiful. But only when you’re a fantastic liar.” ― Kim Holden

99. “Whoever said that childhood is the happiest time of your life is a liar, or a fool.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón

100. “Men are liars. We’ll lie about lying if we have to. I’m an algebra liar. I figure two good lies make a positive.” – Tim Allen

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101. “I was so mad, I reached into the drawer for her fake sushi eraser and put it in my pocket. Serves her right for being such a big, fat, Eggo-scarfing liar.” ― Sarah Darer Littman

102. “Sometimes your mind and your heart want different things, and you know your heart is a liar.” ― Surya Ra

103. “All liars … lie to protect themselves, to shield their egos from the raw pain of truth.” ― Aminatta Forna

104. “You can best reward a liar by believing nothing of what he says.” ― Aristippus

105. “A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can’t have honor if you’re a liar. There is no honor in lying.” ― Jesse Ventura

106. “Liars often set their own traps.” ― Aesop

107. “A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.” ― William Shenstone

108. “Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.” ― Aristotle

109. “Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.” ― Epictetus

110. “The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!” ― Tennessee Williams

111. “The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they’re not.” ― Hillary Clinton

112. “The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.” ― Samuel Butler

113. “I don’t tolerate liars. When somebody lies to me, that’s really, like, just unbearable.” — John Lydon

114. “I have one major problem with the internet: It’s full of liars. There doesn’t seem to be any way to answer to people lying about you.” — John Lydon

115. “Denying the undeniable just makes you sound like a fool as well as a liar.” — Ally Carter

116. “Of course, the liar often imagines that he does no harm as long as his lies go undetected.” — Sam Harris

117. “The liar wants to be believed, but lying undermines the foundation for credibility.” — Randal Marlin

118. “Conquer a liar with truth.” — Gautama Buddha

119. “Some liars are so expert they deceive themselves.” — Austin O’Malley

120. “Liars seldom believe anyone else.” — James Cook

Liar Quotes from Famous People

121. “Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.” — Bergen Evans

122. “A liar is not believed even though he tell the truth.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

123. “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson, former U.S. president

124. “Sociopaths have lifelong patterns of deceitfulness for personal gain. They lack remorse and empathy and are wizards at rationalizing away how they hurt and mistreat others.” – Gary Small

125. “Lies are like cockroaches, for every one you discover there are many more that are hidden.” – Gary Hopkins

126. “Hate a liar more than I hate thief. A thief is only after my salary a liar is after my reality.” – Curtis Jackson                                           

127. “Someone said there’s no such thing as an honest man. He was probably a con man.” – Frank W. Abagnale

128. “To reach that end goal you and I must be willing to be straightforward with one another. We must be willing and prepared to stare at ourselves in the mirror and speak the truth.” – Mark Devro

129. “I don’t degrade anyone, but a liar and a person, who doesn’t keep his or her words, has not any value in my eyes.” – Ehsan Sehgal

130. “If you’re really successful at bullshitting, it means you’re not hanging around enough people smarter than you.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson                                       

131. “It’s better to be sworn to an honest fool than to a lying scholar.” – Christopher Paolini

132. “Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away.” – Ismail Haniyeh

133. “When people don’t tell you the truth what they really are saying is they don’t value you or their relationship with you enough, to be honest.” – Shannon L. Alder

134. “The most confused we ever get is when we’re trying to convince our heads of something our heart knows is a lie.” – Karen Marie Moning                                             

135. “By open words, A scheme of villainy is soon bewrayed.” – Sophocles

136. “We learned about honesty and integrity—that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” -Michelle Obama

137. “Pigs are dirty, but I will tell you something dirtier: Liars! Untruth always smells like rotten garbage!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

138. “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

139. “In a scene where nobody with any ambition is really what he appears to be, there’s not much risk in acting like a king-hell freak.” – Hunter S. Thompson

140. “If you want to have a healthy mind, you must feed your mind with truth.” – Rick Warren

141. “Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to misrecognize the truth.” – DaShanne Stokes

142. “Once you place that crown of liar on your head, you can take it off again, but it leaves a stain for all time.” – Terry Goodkind                                           

143. “You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.” – Donald Trump

144. “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.” – Lao Tzu

145. “The ability to lie, paired with unaccountability, has made a near infinite amount of liabilities.” – Justin K. McFarlane

146. “The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.” – Thomas Sowell

147. “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” – William Shakespeare

148. “The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.” – W. Somerset Maugham

149. “Be careful… not all are what they seem. Some people pretend to be the beach, but they’re actually quicksand.” – Steve Maraboli

150. “Corrupt men are always liars. Lies are their instruments, their pleasure, their solace. In time they come to believe their lies, or rather to half-believe them.” – Robert Payne

Liar Quotes to Help You Spot them

151. “Anything’s better than lying and deceit.” – Leo Tolstoy

152. “You could not bribe honest people, but bad people would accept bribery.” – Anne Holm

153. “Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.” – Nadine Gordimer

154. “Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake.” – Suzy Kassem

155. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” – Adolf Hitler

156. “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” – Plato

157. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” – Martin Luther King

158. “Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally.” – Kamand Kojouri

159. “Liars often set their own traps.” – Aesop                                         

160. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.” – Albert Einstein

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161. “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have.” – Oprah Winfrey

162. “In politics, you learn how to say A mean to say B, in wisdom you learn how to say A and keep saying that.” – Auliq Ice

163. “A good liar knows that the most efficient lie is always a truth that has had a key piece removed from it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon                                              

164. “All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth.” – Aristotle

165. “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” – Walt Whitman

166. “There is tremendous trauma in the betrayal caused by a perpetual liar as they repeatedly commit psychological abuse.” – Cathy Burnham Martin

167. “We all have defining moments. It is in these moments that we find our true characters. We become heroes or cowards; truth tellers or liars; we go forward or we go backward.” – Robert Kiyosaki                           

168. “The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.” – Abu Bakr

169. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Buddha

170. “Take back your power! I wish you the wisdom to realize that the problem isn’t that they keep lying to you; it’s that you keep believing them.” – Steve Maraboli

171. “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson                                        

172. “Time will inevitably uncover dishonesty and lies; history has no place for them.” – Norodom Sihanouk

173. “A lie is like a snowball; it starts off small and then grows and grows until a point where it gets so big it falls apart and then the truth is discovered.” – Chris Hughes

174. “People don’t lie to contaminate truth. They lie to pollute their hearts.” – Munia Khan

175. “You can best reward a liar by believing nothing of what he says.” – Aristippus         

176. “Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

177. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” – Henry David Thoreau

178. “Once a country is habituated to liars, it takes generations to get the truth back.” – Gore Vidal

179. “Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.” – Confucius

180. “To know the good from the bad, study a man or woman’s history of actions, not their record of intentions.” – Suzy Kassem

Thought Provoking Liar Quotes

181. “Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.” – Gautama Buddha

182. “People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception.” – Charles Dudley Warner

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183. “A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.” – Thomas Mann

184. “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noël Coward

185. “A coward talks to everyone but YOU.” – Shannon L. Alder

186. “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

187. “Anything is better than lies and deceit!” – Leo Tolstoy

188. “If you look up “charming” in the dictionary, you’ll see that it not only has references to strong attraction, but to spells and magic. Then again, what are liars if not great magicians?” – Deb Caletti

189. “Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” – Criss Jami

190. “If a man lies to you, he is behaving badly and unlovingly toward you. He is disrespecting you and your relationship.” – Susan Forward

191. “Half of the people lie with their lips; the other half with their tears” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

192. “Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.” – André Malraux

193. “When one with honeyed words but evil mind Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” – Euripides

194. “The best liars are those who tell the truth most of the time.” – Brandon Sanderson

195. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” – Walter Scott

196. “Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.” – Anonymous, The Holy Bible: King James Version

197. “When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him.” – Amaka Imani Nkosazana

198. “A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.” – Alfred Tennyson

199. “You must remember, my dear lady, the most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it.” – Libba Bray

200. “Lies don’t end relationships the truth does.” – Shannon L. Alder

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