Movie quotes to live by: ‘If the truth won’t set you free, then lie!’

Bonfire of the Vanities, 1990, Warner, Dir. Brian DePalma

Sherman McCoy (Tom Hanks) is in a bind and seeks his father’s advice.

Actor Donald Moffat delivers the line in this short conversation.

Sherman McCoy: There’s one thing I can do. I want to see the truth come out, and burn every one of them, and there’s only one way to do that.
Mr. McCoy: And what is that?
Sherman McCoy: Lie.
Mr. McCoy: Oh… you know I have always been a great believer in the truth. I have lived my life as honestly as I can. I, I believe in the truth as an essential companion to a man of conscience. A beacon in this vast and dark wasteland, that is our modern world. And yet…
Sherman McCoy: Yes?
Mr. McCoy: …in this case, if the truth won’t set you free, then lie.

It’s an average movie to be sure, savaged by movie critics as a crap adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s book.

Tom Hank’s Hudson Hawke perhaps …

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