“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. Ian Kay September 28, 2020 / 10:00 am

    “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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    • Ian Kay September 28, 2020 / 10:08 am

      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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    • Chel Owens September 28, 2020 / 10:27 am

      Perhaps that’s the first red flag for the quote’s origin? 🙂

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  2. willowdot21 September 28, 2020 / 10:24 am

    Or , ” A lie travels round the world before truth gets out of bed” 💜

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    • Chel Owens September 28, 2020 / 12:11 pm

      Indeed! We’re quick to decide and less quick to do our research.

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  3. Frank Hubeny September 28, 2020 / 3:21 pm

    The problem is the liar, the truth-teller and the one deluded by the liar would all agree with Swift.

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      • Frank Hubeny September 29, 2020 / 8:15 am

        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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        • Chel Owens September 29, 2020 / 9:00 am

          It is most certainly difficult to give people a chance whilst avoiding betrayal at times.

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  4. Norah September 30, 2020 / 5:34 am

    I think it’s even faster now.

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