[Ads-l] Saying: If you stop telling lies about us we will stop telling the truth about you

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 10 02:21:21 EDT 2018

The expression in the subject line is an instance from a family of
sayings that are analyzed in a new article on the Quote Investigator


Several researchers have explored this topic, e.g., Suzy Platt, Ralph
Keyes, Nigel Rees, Fred Shapiro, and Barry Popik.

The QI article contains new earlier citations including the first
direct nineteenth century evidence showing Chauncey Depew used the

No doubt the results can be further improved.


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