RIP Hal Holbrook

I’m not lying to you. I don’t tell lies. I differ from George Washington. I have a higher and grander standard of principle.

George could not tell a lie. I can but I won’t.

Oh I used to tell lies. But I’ve given it up.

The field is overrun with amateurs. While when I look around me and contemplate the lumbering and slovenly lying of the present day, it grieves me to see the noble art so prostituted. In my day, a liar was a liar. I don’t mean to suggest that the custom of lying has suffered any decay. It couldn’t. For the lie is eternal. It is man’s best and surest friend and it cannot perish from the earth while Congress remains in session.