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    Why you should lie to your friends

    Do not mistake friendship for a license to tell the truth. More pain has been inflicted by indiscriminate truth-telling than by lies. Honesty too often means being hurtful and wounding. As long as you keep true counsel with yourself, it doesn’t hurt if you dissembled with a friend. David Brown (1916-2010), U.S. film and stage producer. The Rest of Your Life is the Best of Your Life (1993).

    Don’t flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them. Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), U.S. physician and author, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858).

    Few there are that will endure a true friend. H.G. (Henry George) Bohn (1796-1884), British publisher.

    Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long. Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Irish essayist and journalist. The Peal of Bells (1927).

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