“Besides, as the vilest Writer has his Readers, so the greatest Liar has his Believers; and it often happens, that if a Lie be believ’d only for an Hour, it has done its Work, and there is no farther occasion for it.

Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it;

so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect…”

Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745, Anglo-Irish, satirist, essayist, novelist, poet, cleric, writer