What is good: A lie that brings a smile Or a truth that draws a tear?

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  1. infoforum profile image59
    infoforumposted 12 years ago

    What is good: A lie that brings a smile Or a truth that draws a tear?

  2. Just Ask Susan profile image90
    Just Ask Susanposted 12 years ago

    I detest lies so I will have to answer with the truth that draws a tear.

  3. ThroughGlass profile image59
    ThroughGlassposted 12 years ago

    Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.

    It's always best to speak the truth, even if it may hurt the person. To many lies may be the foreground for a life of regrets.

  4. ithabise profile image71
    ithabiseposted 12 years ago

    The lie that comforts and doesn't bring a person's world crashing to ruins; the truth that brings a bad heart to brokenness. Only then though. A prima facie scenario. Otherwise, the truth only.

  5. Cara.R profile image64
    Cara.Rposted 12 years ago

    Sometimes a truth that draws a tear will bring an understanding and a smile.

  6. Benoitsmidget profile image73
    Benoitsmidgetposted 12 years ago

    I've always felt that I would rather be hurt by the truth than misled with a lie.

  7. frogtalk profile image59
    frogtalkposted 12 years ago

    the truth always hurts but the truth will also set you free!

  8. The Underholt profile image87
    The Underholtposted 12 years ago

    Moral answer: The truth

    Realistic answer: You never want to hurt someone's feelings. Most of the time some one will lie to protect someone's feelings will be hurt by the truth, which is why a lie (especially when a person knows it won't be known) will suffice.
    Eg.) Husband tells a dying wife that she will be ok to comfort her.

  9. Craig Suits profile image63
    Craig Suitsposted 12 years ago

    It's always wise to know the truth even if it hurts, but on occations, a lie can be a merciful thing such as a senile old person that has a terminal illness or a child too young to understand stark reality.

  10. profile image0
    will345davisposted 12 years ago

    I will always choose to tell the truth that hurts over the lies that don't. That is exactly what I expect in return as well. A lie that prevents pain will come out eventually, and it will just cause that much more pain because of the original lie.

  11. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 12 years ago

    Tell the truth if you don't mind being hated. People hate to hear the truth. Try to wrap the truth up in a funny way if possible.

  12. Rastamermaid profile image65
    Rastamermaidposted 12 years ago

    You can't fail with the truth.
    If someone can't handle the truth or doesn't want to deal with the truth,that's a sure sign that they probably aren't truthful.

    Truth every time.

  13. rLcasaLme profile image70
    rLcasaLmeposted 12 years ago

    It would depend on what is to lie about. There are small things you can lie about;
    if it's something so serious, it's always best to tell the truth for lying is only putting that someone into confinement, and the longer that someone waits there, it would be very disastrous when he found out he was in that confinement.
    a bird growing up in a cage wouldn't know what it's missing.

  14. edhan profile image36
    edhanposted 12 years ago

    It is all about long term.

    Does the lies will have long term effect? Meaning if it is being discovered at later stage, will it be worst than before? If so, then it will better to make known earlier and get it over with than dragging it along and have a much worst effect.

  15. Danette Watt profile image81
    Danette Wattposted 12 years ago

    the truth. Sometimes it hurts but it's better in the long run to face the truth than to be told or live with a lie

  16. Ann Marie Dwyer profile image70
    Ann Marie Dwyerposted 12 years ago

    The truth is far better than a lie. I would not want someone to smile, comforted in a lie, only to find out later not only the truth, but that I lied. Lies destroy trust and are always found out.

  17. Seek-n-Find profile image70
    Seek-n-Findposted 12 years ago

    I agree with the majority here--truth is best.  I would say that sometimes the BEST thing to do is to not say anything at all!  Some truth is meant to be told, but sometimes it's not our role to be the one to tell it.  The motive for telling the truth matters.  Telling truth for motive of love, freedom, or for the relationship to be strengthened is good.  Telling a truth such as, "Wow honey, you don't look good in that outfit at all" is not necessarily a good thing.  Perhaps another truth such as, "I love you" would be a better choice in that moment.  If the person is going on an interview, however, then telling them to try another outfit choice is beneficial.  Why am I stuck on outfits?  You get the point.  :-)

  18. zzron profile image57
    zzronposted 12 years ago


    When it comes to someone else's feelings the best thing is to say whatever it is that will make the other person feel good. Making the other person feel good is the objective. Sometimes a person needs to hear what they want to hear. They may already know the hurtful truth. What they may want or need is to hear something more positive.

  19. giopski profile image59
    giopskiposted 12 years ago

    A truth that draws a tear of course.  Truth at times hurts but it that's a good thing because as you learn from it, you grow through it.  A lie no matter how funny it may get, it remains a lie which in the end you'll regret even saying.

  20. jainismus profile image74
    jainismusposted 12 years ago

    I think it depends on the situation. There is no hard and fast rule.

  21. jbrock2041 profile image64
    jbrock2041posted 12 years ago

    Bringing raised with religion, I was taught the truth is always better. But also being raised in a strict household with sometimes impossible standards, it was hard to always tell the truth, in fear of disappointing my parents. But after trying to get a way with a few lies, I've determined that the truth is usually better anyway.

  22. CWanamaker profile image94
    CWanamakerposted 12 years ago

    As presented in the question, neither statement is good.  Sometimes its best to not say anything at all.

  23. Sottway profile image66
    Sottwayposted 12 years ago

    The truth which draws a tear has more value than the lie which creates a smile

  24. ptosis profile image66
    ptosisposted 12 years ago


    CWanamaker appears correct when he said "Sometimes its best to not say anything at all."

    But no answer is not acceptable in a legal situation, that's why all those indicted in front of a congressional hearing say "I do not recall". Sometimes it's best to appear stupid to avoid lying or being hated. But saying "I do not recall" when you do is a lie.

    A lie of ommision yes, but not an active fairy tale. but then again I would lie without guilt if someone's life was in danger. Lying to a criminal who is robbing a person - hell yeah!


  25. flowmeter profile image60
    flowmeterposted 12 years ago

    Is the lie being told by the mouth or through the action?

  26. tom hellert profile image61
    tom hellertposted 12 years ago

    A lie is a lie is a lie-If you lie it will make you more likely to do it again thats how people become great liers and if a child is taught tolie they will lie when they need to sometimes when they dont- it can become easier to lie than tll the truth even when the truth is not too bad...Lieing is never good- A joke is different from a lie- if the intent of the "lie" is humor it is not a "true lie"...In my opinion a lie is defined by its intent Whats that spot on your shirt then you flip your finger on the guys nose - its not a lie but a joke. If you tell someone their mom just died in an accident but she dis not- it could be a joke but its a sucky joke...Joks are not always funny....

  27. Mikel G Roberts profile image74
    Mikel G Robertsposted 12 years ago

    A Truth that brings a smile. The abscense of lies that draw tears.

  28. THEHuG5 profile image60
    THEHuG5posted 12 years ago

    It is always best to tell the truth no matter what. When people know that you are honest whether the news is good or bad they will trust you. It shows respect when you tell a person the truth rather than lying to them. Usually with lies you end up having to tell the truth eventually anyways and that just makes you look horrible. "I only lied because I didn't want to hurt you" is the lamest excuse in the book. It would never fly with me.

  29. profile image0
    Emily Sparksposted 12 years ago

    Definetly a truth that draws a tear.  Lying is never right.  Lying is a sin.  The truth may hurt now, but the lie will hurt later when the truth comes out.  May I never be accused of lying to someone!


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