To get their way, many people come up with ways to lie so as to bypass the truth. When people say the end justifies the means, then you know that you are in trouble. If you have to twist the truth in order to get an upper hand, then you have already lost the integrity battle. Even if saying the truth might hurt you, it is better to say the truth rather than to come up with a million lies to cover the first lie that you said.
Remember that whatever has been sustained with lies will eventually fall apart. Take for example the people who build with substandard materials. At first the buildings look really good and nobody knows what has been done. However as time goes by, cracks begin to appear on the walls. The next thing you know the building either sinks or falls. The money used to put up the building is lost. The owner of the building is forced to bring it down and start all over again. Many times he has to pay the people who have lost property and maybe even spend time in jail for endangering the lives of people.
There is nothing like a simple lie. It always graduates to something that cannot be hid. So choose to say the truth. Choose to go the right way even if it might be the long way. Don’t go below your standards for a cheap thrill. It always ends in tears.