From Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams:
Brick: Have you ever heard the word “mendacity?”
Big Daddy: Sure. Mendacity is one of them five dollar words that cheap politicians throw back and forth at each other.
Brick: You know what it means?
Big Daddy: Don’t it mean lying and liars?
Brick: Yes, sir. Lying and liars.
Joseph Goebbels (Adolf Hitler’s Reich Minister of Propaganda):
1 )If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.
2) The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.
3) If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic, and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who are nevertheless still working and shaping policy in the State Department.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:
The word is out; [Romney] hasn’t paid any taxes for ten years. Let him prove he has paid taxes.
Presumption of Innocence (Random House Dictionary of the English Language):
The rebuttable presumption of the innocence of the defendant in a criminal action in Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence, placing upon the prosecution the burden of proof of the defendant’s guilt.