“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.”

-Jonathan Swift, The Examiner, 1710. Thanks, Quote Investigator

Ironically, in pursuit of the following misattributed ‘quotes’:

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” -Winston Churchill

AKA “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.”

Or, “A lie travels around the globe while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

19 thoughts on “

  1. “Pants” would seem an odd choice of word for Winnie. In Britain, it would refer to underpants, not “trousers” as we would say.

    But we can always rely on an Irishman to coin an idea first!

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    1. Visually, I see this guy, TRUTH, desperately hopping along with only one leg in his pants, trying to get the other in on the move, and clutching one unshod shoe or boot under an arm.

      But does the LIE go forth unashamedly naked?

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      1. It requires discernment. That comes from listening to the Holy Spirit, if we choose to listen to Him. We risk aspects of our lives on each decision we make as to who is speaking the truth to us. Having been deluded many times, I wish my own discernment, my own hearing the Spirit, were better.

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