Quotation by Mark Twain

The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of ungraceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. "On the Decay of the Art of Lying," (written 1882), published in The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain, ed. Charles Neider (1961).
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