I don't tell lies. I'm aware of what they are. I'm sure I may have when I was younger, but though I've cleared up misunderstandings, a lie? Nope.
Common wisdom dictates that every does - otherwise known as 'white lies' and little deceptions to, ahum, keep the peace. I read somewhere that society would crumble without a supporting structure of misinformation.
Cobblers, rubbish, it's a crock.
Friends and Partners choose you. Their choice. Or not.