They say that the three most commonly told lies are: ‘Gee, you haven’t changed a bit,’ ‘I never got the message’ and ‘The cheque is in the mail.’ Jerald Jellison said: ‘Each of us fibs at least fifty times a day. We lie about our age, our income, or our accomplishments. And we use lies to escape embarrassment. A common reason for white lies, we’re told, is to protect someone else’s feelings. Yet in so doing we are really protecting ourselves.’ Talking about white lies, Austin O’Malley said: ‘Those who think it permissible to tell white lies soon become colour blind.’ And Abraham Lincoln, wisely observed that no-one has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. Jesus said: ‘Don’t say anything you don’t mean…You only make things worse …Let your Yes mean Yes, and your No mean No.’

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