“’Now I am prepared to maintain,’ said Chaffery, proceeding with his proposition, ‘that Honesty is essentially an anarchistic and disintegrating force in society, that communities are held together and the progress of civilization made possible only by vigorous and sometimes even violent Lying; that the Social Contract is nothing more nor less than a vast conspiracy of human beings to lie to and humbug themselves and one another for the general Good.’”

~ H.G. Wells, Love and Mr Lewisham


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