Malik related to me that he heard that
Abdullah ibn Masud رضي الله عنه used to say, “You must tell the truth. Truthfulness leads to right action. Right action leads to the Garden. Beware of lying. Lying leads to corruption, and corruption leads to the Fire. Don’t you see that it is said, ‘He speaks the truth and acts rightly,’ and, ‘He lies and is corrupt.'”
[Muwatta Book 56, Number 56.7.16]
Sometimes, there is that overwhelming temptation to speak a little white lie. Then, they snowball, and before you know it, you’ve uttered a mother of all whoppers. Save yourself the grief, preserve your dignity, and speak the truth. If that is absolutely impossible, you might need to invest in learning how to stay silent!