One-Liners On Truth and Falsehood


The Only Fool

Said Rabbi Moshe of Kobrin: “It is impossible to fool G-d. It is forbidden to fool one’s fellow man. The only one that one can fool is oneself.

The Boldest of Thieves

“A liar,” said the Maggid of Kelm, “is worse than a thief or robber. A thief steals at night, but is afraid to steal by day. A robber robs night and day, but only robs a lone individual or a few people—he is afraid to rob too many at once. The liar, however, lies both night and day, both to the individual and to the world.”

The Greatest Lie

“The worst thing about falsehood,” Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch would say, “is not that it is not true, but that it presents itself as truth.”

Adapted from the teachings of the Rebbe by Yanki Tauber


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