Who Was a Liar
home burned down
Traditional Turkish Folktale
byTurhan Ece from Turkey
person who tells many lies is usually not believed
or trusted by anyone after a while.
was a lonely man who lived in a small town. Most of
the people who were living in that town knew him
because he was a liar. Before he became a loner, he
had once had a family and a good job, but he
sometimes told small lies to his customers. Then,
he started to tell big lies to both his customers
and his family.
of this, he and his family faced a lot of problems.
He promised to be honest about his job, but he
didn't keep his promises, so he lost his job. After
that, his wife and children left him. He continued
living in the same home along. Almost all the
people who were living in the town didn't trust and
day, a fire started in his home. He ran out of his
home and hurriedly went to the center of the town
and shouted to the other people to get help. "My
neighbor, please help me. My home is burning."
believed him, so they didn't go to his home to help
him. His home burned down completely, and he was
is a famous Turkish saying: The candle of
someone who lies almost always burns just to
midnight. After his candle goes out, nobody gives
him any light. He remains without
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