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"You lie when the truth would sound better!"


Continuing to fly the flag of self-improvement this cold November Friday.  Goodness knows, there is plenty of room for that among humanity.  With that aim in mind, I am occasionally reminded of a saying my late maternal grandmother -- from Asheville, North Carolina -- used routinely when my sister and I were children.  

Sometimes, simple honesty and telling the truth about things, however unpleasant that might be, would sound more believable than continuing to insist on the veracity of the farcical and convoluted story we have woven.  You know?   People aren't that stupid, so being truthful might just win you more credibility than the alternative.

-- Heinz-Ulrich

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  1. I do not recall that many school years Shakespeare quotes but "Tell truth and shame the Devil" from Henry IV Pt1 still continues to inspire me in all things.

    I mutter it every time I see a politician carefully not answering the question or one of my "customers" explaining to me how they are innocent despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

    I retire in just over a year, my old bones and ears earing tired of it all. Perhaps when I "hand in my badge" I will read Shakespeare again. Or live in a cave with no Wi Fi.

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  2. These days living in a cave with no WiFi sounds better and better. Good God almighty!

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich

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