— Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
O stranger, announce to the Lacadaemonians [Spartans] that here
We lie, to their words [or laws] obedient.“
„We are in a degenerate state of self-government. In fact, even to use the words self-government, is not only an exaggeration, it's a lie. It's a big lie!“
— Jerry Brown American politician/lawyer and current governor of California 1938
Speaking to the International Transpersonal Association Conference in Santa Clara, California, 10 June 1995.
— Mary McCarthy American writer 1912 - 1989
Comment about Lillian Hellman in a televised interview (1979) on The Dick Cavett Show; this prompted a defamation suit against McCarthy which was dropped after Hellman's death: "If someone had told me, don't say anything about Lillian Hellman because she'll sue you, it wouldn't have stopped me. It might have spurred me on. I didn't want her to die. I wanted her to lose in court. I wanted her around for that."
— Herodotus ancient Greek historian, often considered as the first historian -484 - -425 a.C.
Book 7, Ch. 228.
„Courts are apt to err by sticking too closely to the words of a law where those words import a policy that goes beyond them.“
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 469 (1928) (Holmes, J., dissenting).
— Yogi Adityanath Indian politician 1972
Context: I believe that the word secular is the biggest lie since Independence. Those that have given birth to this lie and those that use it should apologise to the people and this country. No system can be secular. Political system can be sect-neutral. If someone were to say that government has to be run by one way of prayer, that is not possible. In UP, I have to look at 22 crore people and I am answerable for their security and their feelings. But I am not sitting here to ruin one community either. You can be sect-neutral but not secular. Yogi Adityanath, quoted in The Indian Express, Secular word is the biggest lie, says Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, 14 November 2017. http://indianexpress.com/article/india/secular-word-is-the-biggest-lie-says-yogi-adityanath-uttar-pradesh-cm-raipur-4936367/
„We teach them that there are so many words like colors and that there are so many thoughts because within them is the world where words are born. That there are different thoughts and we should respect them. That there are those who pretend their way of thinking should be the only way and they persecute, jail, and kill (always hidden behind the reasons of the State, illegitimate laws, or "just causes") thoughts that are different then their own. And we teach them to speak the truth, that is to say, to speak with their hearts. Because the lie is another form of killing words.“
— Subcomandante Marcos Mexican activist 1957
"I shit on all the revolutionary vanguards of this planet" http://www.csuchico.edu/zapatist/HTML/Archive/Communiques/etaJAN.html January, 2003
— Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832
— Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
„For words are merely tools and if you use the right ones you can actually put even your life in order, if you don't lie to yourself and use the wrong words.“
— Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005
Context: I find that by putting things in writing I can understand them and see them a little more objectively. … For words are merely tools and if you use the right ones you can actually put even your life in order, if you don't lie to yourself and use the wrong words. Letter to Larry Callen (14 July 1958), p. 133
„Some words hide the truth. Just as torture can be named enhanced interrogation, and logging of old-growth forests is named the Healthy Forest Initiative, words that lie about prostitution leave people confused about the nature of prostitution and trafficking. The words "sex work" make the harms of prostitution invisible.“
— Melissa Farley American psychologist 1942