part of the truth

"There are times, when part of the truth, so long as that part is not a lie in and of itself, is better than the whole truth...But, if you do not tell the entire truth, you must always remember that you did not tell the entire truth, and each time you are tempted not to, you should ask whether you do so to make your path easier, or to aid others...or whether you do so for your own interests. If you find you are too often 'helping' others in that fashion, then you are deceiving yourself."

- L. E. Modesitt, Jr. “Princeps: A Novel in the Imager Portfolio.” Tom Doherty Associates.