Be Real

Be Doers

“She couldn’t tolerate lying from anyone, except, when absolutely necessary, herself.” ~The Wishing Map

“The truth about lies is that first, it’s to fool others, and later it’s to fool yourself.” ~Mystqx Skye

“You can fool yourself, you know. You’d think it’s impossible, but it turns out it’s the easiest thing of all.” ~Jodi Picoult

“As time moves on the line will blur. It will no longer seem to be the simplicity of good versus evil, but good versus fools who think they are good.” ~Criss Jami

“Lie long enough and eventually you’ll believe yourself.” ~Ahmed Mostafa

“The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect, he ceases to love.” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

     “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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22 Responses to Be Real

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  2. Loved these, Mitch! The final Socrates quote reminded me of this one from Kurt Vonnegut: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    …Which reminded me of this from Robert Louis Stevenson: “Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.”

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  3. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”~Mark Twain.
    When you realize that Memory is the 2nd thing to go as you age…(I’m not recalling what the first thing is) truth is probably a better path to take.

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  4. librepaley says:

    From all the wise words, I surprise myself by particularly liking the Jodi Picoult quote – so true.

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  5. Wise words indeed.

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  6. These are great quotes and wise words. Life is so much simpler if we are congruent, transparent and truthful.

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  7. Those are all so good and so logical. I had a relative once whom we knew had made something up because others were present at the event being lied about. The lie put this person in the best light, and we could tell she vehemently believed herself. “Why that’s insane! How could y’all believe that it happened that way?”

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  8. smzang says:

    The last one (Socrates) is my fav.
    Words to live by.

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  9. Have you noticed how many book titles these days are something about lies? Some I’ve read recently are “The Liar’s Daughter,” “Big Little Lies,” and “Good Little Liars,”

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  10. Judy Kim says:

    Cool quotes🌸

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  11. Love this post! No one is a better you than you – so just be real, be honest!

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  12. William Faulkner says the same in his “Light in August””: “„They say that it is the practiced liar who can deceive. But so often the practiced and chronic liar deceives only himself; it is the man who all his life has been selfconvicted of veracity whose lies find quickest credence.“ Thank you for interesting quotes!

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  13. Jennwith2ns says:

    So relevant to last week’s Stepping Into the Story session…!

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  14. Thom Hickey says:

    Wise and chastening.

    Regards Thom

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