Sunday, March 2, 2008

Are You Pinnocchio?

But it's just a small lie!

The truth will always outlive a lie.

Here’s a story about a clergyman who was walking down the street when he came upon a few kinds, all of them between ten to twelve years of age. These kids were surrounding a little puppy. Concerned, the clergyman asked the kids, “What are you kids doing with that dog?”

One of the children replied, “He’s a little puppy from the neighborhood. We all want him, but only one of us can take him home. So we’ve decided that whichever one of us can tell the biggest lie will get to keep the little puppy.’

Taken aback, the reverend exclaimed, “You kids shouldn’t be having a competition on telling lies!” Of course he then launched into a ten minute sermon with “Don’t you know it’s a sin to lie?” and ending with, “Why, when I was your age, I never told a lie.”

There was a minute of silence among them. Just as the reverend thought he’d gotten through them, the smallest boy gave a deep sigh and said, “All right, give him the little puppy.”

Remember: white lies leave black marks on your reputation. You will never be able to stretch you story without making it look pretty thin, and when you stretch the truth, it snaps back at you. Truth will win any argument if you stick with it long enough. Though honesty may bot be popular, it is always right! The fact that no one wants to believe what’s true doesn’t prevent it from being correct.

Always tell the truth, and you never
have to remember what you said.

Two hald-truths don’t make a whole truth. Lie has no legs to support it but another lie. The truth is one thing for which there is no known substitute. Herbert Casson promised, “show me a liar, and I will show you a thief.” A lie’s main assignment is to steal from you and from otheres. George Bernard Shaw said,

The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is
not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.

A liar will not be believed even if he tells the truth. You are not Pinocchio and this is not a fairy tale!