Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don’t.
Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!
Marmion, Canto VI, Stanza 17 (1808)
But when we’ve practised quite a while
How vastly we improve our style!
J.R. Pope (1909-1991)
(I am having great difficulty in identifying ‘J R Pope’ and wonder if it is a pseudonym?)