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A mentira/ O mentiroso/ Arte de Mentir (1)

Apontamentos soltos de "ON THE DECAY OF THE ART OF LYING"

by Mark Twain

Observe, I do not mean to suggest that the custom of lying has suffered any decay or interruption--no, for the Lie, as a Virtue, A 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.
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What chance has the ignorant uncultivated liar against the educated expert? (...)Judicious lying is what the world needs.
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Now let us see what the philosophers say. Note that venerable proverb: Children and fools always speak the truth. The deduction is plain --adults and wise persons never speak it.

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