Thursday, March 11, 2010

Do You Lie To Yourself?

"If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others
it is always despicable to lie to oneself."

Somerset Maugham from The Painted Veil (1925).

What do you think?


  1. i agree. but i also think we all tend to lie to ourselves at one time or another, for one reason or another. growth is to recognize it and stop doing it, which is not that easy to do.

  2. Agreed. You get nowhere when you lie to yourself.

  3. Sarah, I don't think we are always aware of it but I agree most of us do lie to ourselves...or rather we just don't see it the way others do.

    Reallivemen, Right on though it's not always obvious.

  4. I did not LIOVE the lie...I WAS a lie! My LIFE was a lie. "I lied when even the truth would have sufficed".

    Though I do not blantantly or otherwise, lie any more, I CAN fool myself SO easily. That's why I have a sponsor, and USE him--sometimes!


  5. Every day, I look in the mirror and tell myself what a handsome man I am. Hey, no one else will.

  6. STeve, Thanks for being reall!!!

    Joy, Thanks. It is thought provoking isn't it.

    Matty, Mirros never lie! So you must be a handsome guy!

  7. I have lied to me but then pretty quick I am found out and me chews my butt out!

    Hello Sandra and I am back to the blog world...... I was gone too long!

  8. I know I have lied to myself many a times. Called denial. Great post dear. Thank you.

  9. It is hard to watch someone lie to themselves, too. I see what he means by despicable. A tad harsh though because at some point I think we all lie to ourselves. It is a great quote.


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