Quotes from Les Misérables IX: there is no such thing as a white lie: “who lies, lies wholly”

However honest and incorruptible the rest of us may be, our candour is always flawed by, here and there, some small, innocent falsehood. But it was not so with her. Can there be such a thing as a white lie, a little lie? The lie is the absolute of evil There can be no small lie; who lies, lies wholly. The lie is the devil’s own face. Satan has two names; he is Satan and he is Untruth. That is what Sister Simplice believed, the belief she practised; and it was the source of the purity which shone from her, even from her lips and eyes.


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