I'm trying to understand the sentence construction and the meaning of this quote by Otto Von Bismarck. Can someone please help?
People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt.
It means that people lie most in the following cases:
1) Before elections
(They make fake promises, give false hope to people in order to get their votes, and forget/ignore those promises once they are in power)
2) During war
(Leaders and authorities lie in war for multiple purposes, either give false information to people to avoid panic, or ignite them by accusing the other party wrongly etc)
3) After a hunt
(Hunters might boast about their hunt falsely etc)