People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim

“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim.  What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked.  And if one gains the immediate purpose of the lie – the price one pays is the destruction of that which was intended to serve.  The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on.” Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982)

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