Look at the following quotes about lies and lying. Explain what they mean in your own words. Which ones do you particularly agree/ disagree with?
“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election” – otto von bismarck 19th century German statesman
“always tell the truth, that way you don’t have to remember what you said”. – Mark Twain, American writer.
“A half truth is a whole lie” – Yiddish proverb
"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." - Lenin
Look at the list below. Mark on a scale of 1 to 5 how bad you consider these examples of dishonest behavior: 1= perfectly normal , 5=very dishonest.
¨ Pretending you’re ill in order to have a day off.
¨ Not telling a salesperson that he/she has undercharge you.
¨ Saying you like a gift when you really hate it.
¨ Cheating on a boyfriend or girlfriend.
¨ Lying about your age.
¨ Lying about your professional experience on your CV.
¨ Using the office phone to make personal long distance calls.
¨ Doing nothing after damaging a parked car.
¨ Not declaring all the income in a tax declaration.
¨ Gossiping about a colleague behind his/her back.
Discuss your answers with the group.
ANSWERS: Aung San Suu Kyi (Burmese democratic leader) (F) - Mikhail Gorbachev (last leader of former USSR) (A) - Margaret Thatcher (former PM of Britain) (E) - Hugo Chavez (president of Venezuela) (D) - Nelson Mandela (first black president South Africa) (C)
George Bush Sr (former president US) (B)