On the Decay of the Art of Lying

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On the Decay of the Art of Lying is a short essay written by Mark Twain in 1885 for a meeting of the Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford, Connecticut. In thi afterword, Twain laments the dour ways in which men of America 's Gilded Age employ man 's " most faithfull friend. " He concludes by statin that: " the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and eve an evil one; to lie for others' advantage, and only our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily; to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous mien, as being ashamed of our high calling.
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On the Decay of the Art of Lying
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Published October 4th 2009 by Public Domain Books (first published 1882

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I 've hought for a while now that there is a rather wearisome need to be honest all the time.

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You said with your hearty tongue, " I 'm sorry to see you, " and talke with your heartier soul, " I wan you were with the cannibals and it was dinner time ... " " None of us wil live with an habitual truth-teller; but thank goodness none of us has to.

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Ask me the truth, how honestly do you answer the question, " How are you. "?

Liar! Mark Twain says, " An injurious lie is an uncommendable thing; and therefore, also, and in the same degree, is an injurious truth—a fact that is recognized by the law of libel. " Tha is largel a lie, okay, partly true.

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Thi very charming essay regarding the potential positive nature of lying and how it is ultimately unavoidable.

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