Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.

Bergen Evans (1904-1978) American educator, writer, lexicographer
Quoted in “The Euphemism: Telling It Like It Isn’t,” Time (19 Sep 1969)

Sometimes misquoted with the words "Euphemisms persist because," but these are non-quoted text leading up to the quotation.
Added on 20-May-20 | Last updated 20-May-20
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