"One good lie can save hours of explanation."
I heard this saying years ago, and have oft followed the advice! But, from
time to time, I've looked for the author and not been able to find an
You're an erudite lot - can you help?
http://tinyurl.com/hog6 brought up nothing for your full quote,
"one good lie", and "a good lie". Fulltext search URL below.
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"One good lie can save hours of explanation." <snip>
Just remember, the truth shall set you free. Or something like
Man's wife asks him to go to the store to buy some cigarettes. So he
walks down to the store only to find it closed. So he goes into a
nearby bar to use the vending machine. At the bar he sees a beautiful
woman and starts talking to her. They have a couple of beers and one
thing leads to another and they end up in her apartment.
After they've had their fun, he realizes its 3AM
and says, "Oh no, its so late, my wife's going to kill me. Have you got
any talcum powder?" She gives him some talcum powder, which he proceeds
to rub on his hands and then he goes home.
His wife is waiting for him in the doorway and she is pretty pissed.
"Where the hell have you been?!?!"
"Well, honey, its like this. I went to the store like you asked, but
they were closed. So I went to the bar to use the vending machine. I
saw this great
looking chick there and we had a few drinks and one thing led to
another and I ended up in bed
"Oh yeah? Let me see your hands!"
She sees his hands are covered with powder and... "You damn liar!!! You
went bowling again!!!"
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I should have read the introductory notes on my Penguin edition first.
Apparently Munro was not an organized fellow. After he was killed in WWI,
his friends collected his stuff. There are as many variations in his
writings as there are with our own Mark Twain.
I heard it as "it's easier to get forgiveness than permission."
Must've been the Reader's Digest Condensed version.
Okay - I'm lying! LOL!
The actual author was Eric Stolz - a German author who was quoted in
American literature by Carl Sandberg and the other literary geniuses of our
time. His works can be found in most libraries across the country. Mr.
Stolz was also a noted painter and of all things - a woodworker! If you do
a google search for Eric Stolz wood crafting, you will see some amazing log
style furniture that he built with an adz, chisels, and some very unique
block planes. Very impressive.
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Okay - I'm lying again! Can I have your forgiveness now? LOL!
"Traves W. Coppock" wrote in message:
The exact quote is "An ounce of mistruth can save tons of explanation." The
author is H. H. Munro(1870-1916), a Scots humorist who wrote under the pen
name of Saki. The quote is in "The Square Egg: Clovis on the Alleged Romance
of Business" published in a posthumous collection of his works in 1924.
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