"It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar."

Illustration from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Gustave Gutknecht

The quote is by English writer Jerome K. Jerome in The Idler Magazine, 1892. His best known work is Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), a humorous travelogue first published in 1889 about a boat trip down the Thames in the UK.

A snippet:
"In the church is a memorial to Mrs. Sarah Hill, who bequeathed 1 pound annually, to be divided at Easter, between two boys and two girls who "have never been undutiful to their parents; who have never been known to swear or to tell untruths, to steal, or to break windows." Fancy giving up all that for five shillings a year! It is not worth it.

It is rumoured in the town that once, many years ago, a boy appeared who really never had done these things - or at all events, which was all that was required or could be expected, had never been known to do them - and thus won the crown of glory. He was exhibited for three weeks afterwards in the Town Hall, under a glass case.

What has become of the money since no one knows. They say it is always handed over to the nearest wax-works show."

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