Heart of Darkness

What does Marlow mean when he says that “there is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies”?

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.

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Marlow chastises himself for letting the brick maker think he's influential. To Marlow, lying is the slow destruction of the soul: it destroys one's inner truth. He thinks he is no different than the disgusting pilgrims he hates so much.