If You Tell The Truth You Don't Have To Remember Anything

meaning of quotation

''if you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything''

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This quote means that, in order to be a good liar, or tell a very good lie, you have got to remember what you said EXACTLY how you said it and be able to re-tell it in the same manner over and over to gain credibility. When the Casey Anthony trial was going on, the thing that made people very angry was the many changes in versions that the Anthonys had about what happened. Clearly all of them were lying, and none of them paid the consequences for it. For someone to conceal something so big, there should definitely be a clear and concise series of events that should be remembered step by step. Other than that, consider yourself caught.

dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

'To thy own self be true' ... how cool are those six words??? they cut humanity to the quick !!! Talk about...'call 'em as you see 'em. (incorrect grammar deliberate) Although I have not read all of Shakespeare, I have read enough to know that he has a remarkable understanding of the human experience. The quote you posted can be supported by Shakespeare's very 'humanistic' philosophy, lying hurts people...if you tell lies they might even hurt you...so the moral to the story...lying only deprives the human spirit...truth uplifts the human spirit.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Funny! It means that if you lie, you spend all of your time trying to remember what lie you told. If you told the truth, you just tell the truth every time. Nothing to remember, and no lie or lies to keep track of. Of course, there are many different versions of fhe truth!
drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sir Walter Scott wrote, "O what a tangled web we weave/When first we practise to deceive." When people make up lies, they have to remember all the details to avoid getting caught in a lie later. If you don't lie, then you don't have to remember details you made up.

zumba96 | Student

''if you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything'' is a very important quote because if someone tells one lie after another after another and different things to each different person, soon you'll forget what you said to whom and can land you into even bigger trouble. The best way is to tell the truth

eli468 | Student

"If you tell the truth then you don't have to remember anything."

What this statement is trying to imply is that when you lie you must create a story; something fictional or has a fictional aspect. When you do not actually experience the event yourself it can be more difficult for your memory to retain. If you forget a part of your lie or try to change the story later because of a lie and you get caught then it is very troublesome. If you just tell the truth then there is no need to try and remember any false information and everything will add up. For example: You told your parents you went to a friend's house and were there all night, but in fact you lied and went out with the friend. Your parents find out and question you about it and you tell them that you were at your friend's house all night and say what all you did. Later they may ask again what you did, only you don't remember very well because you're memory of that evening with your friend was different and more vivid in your mind than the lie you created.

It's easier to remember the truth than the lie you would tell.

arrellbelle | Student

From what i'm understanding, if you tell the truth there is no need for you to make up fragments of your story to make it believable to the other party. When you tell the truth, it is exactly how you remember it and thus, this does not require so much of your memory to recall exactly how it is. For example, if you make up the truth, then that requires for you to believe what you made up.

krishna-agrawala | Student

The quotation "if you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything" assumes that one always remembers the truth or the reality of what actually happened or what actually is the situation. In contrast one may forget the lies told. This is quite true to the extent that the Truth is only one version whereas a person may say different lies at different times.

It is said that to defend one lie a person may have to follow up with many other lies. These lies would typically be invented as and when a person is faced with the prospect of earlier lies told.

The detectives in murder mysteries frequently rely on this propensity of people to forget some of the lies they spoke and contradictory statements to identify false statements given by people.

cheaderlove | Student

to make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education