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The fruition of beauty is no chance of hit or miss... it is inevitable as life.
-- Walt Whitman


Wednesday, April 26, 2000

A continuing drain

If you tell a lie you incur a debt which you can never repay. At times, it may seem convenient and expedient to misrepresent the truth, or to avoid it altogether. Yet for that expediency of the moment you will continue to pay, long into the future.

Whereas the truth can maintain itself forever with no effort, a deception can never stand on its own. Every dishonesty sets up a continuing drain on the resources of the person who engages in it. The fleeting gain of the moment is overwhelmingly eclipsed by the never-ending cost which deception initiates.

Is dishonesty worth it? No. It is terribly short-sighted, a sure sign of ignorance, gullibility, immaturity and lack of experience. Lying is for losers because it creates losers. Real winners are those who understand the overarching value and undeniable power of the truth.

— Ralph Marston

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