If being honest could potentially hurt someone and lying to them wouldn't have any negative consequences would you lie?
It isn’t being honest that hurts them, it’s the truth that hurts, something lying about it does not change. When they eventually find out you're not the trustworthy friend they thought you were, the lie will have hurt them even worse.
I wouldn’t hurt somebody’s feelings just for the sake of “never lying”. It’s an asshole thing to do.
Being truthful is always the best policy.
Depends on the topic.
I wouldn’t want to, but I’m soft. Yeah, I’d probably lie to avoid unnecessary “confrontation.”