'Keeping secrets is a discipline...
after some practice I had adopted the prevaricator's credo
that one does not so much fabricate a lie as marry it;
A successful lie cannot be brought in to the world
and capriciously abandoned. Like any committed relationship
it must be maintained and with far more devotion than the truth,
which carries on being carelessly true without any help.
By contrast my lie needed me as much as I need it
and so [it] demanded the constancy of wedlock; Till death us do part'.
-'We Need To Talk About Kevin'-Lionel Shriver.