Truth Quotes (3)

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“The continued utterance of a lie does not make it true, but it does convince many that it is, particularly if you can squelch most efforts to expose the lie.” Shapley R. Hunter
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“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Adolf Hitler
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“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.” George Orwell
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“Do not worry over the charge of treason to your masters, but be concerned about the treason that involves yourselves. Be true to yourself and you cannot be a traitor to any good cause on Earth.” Eugene V. Debs, Speech, June 16, 1918
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“We allow the most atrocious lies uttered by political and moral prostitutes to go unchallenged. These lies are endlessly recycled in the commercial media until they become ingrained in the public conscience as truth. Worse than burying our heads in the sand, we bury them up our collective ass. How do you like the view?” Charles Sullivan
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“The history of the race, and each individual’s experience, are thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.” Mark Twain
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“The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger” (1910)
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“Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.” Bertrand Russell
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“Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self- deception.” Mark Twain, 1916
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“When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.” William Blake
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“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson
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“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” Mohandas Gandhi
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“The masses have never thirsted after truth. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.” Gustave Le Bon, “The Crowd”
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“Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
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“There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows” The late Katharine Graham, owner of the Washington Post
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“The foulest damage to our political life comes not from the ‘secrets’ which they hide from us, but from the little bits of half-truth and disinformation which they do tell us. These are already pre-digested, and then are sicked up as little gobbits of authorised spew. The columns of defense correspondents in the establishment sheets serve as the spittoons.” E.P. Thompson, British historian
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“When the natural weakness and imperfection of human understanding is considered, with the unavoidable influences of education, custom, books and company, upon our ways of thinking, I imagine a man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all the doctrines he holds, are true, and all he rejects are false.” Benjamin Franklin, 1740
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“The governors of the world believe, and have always believed, that virtue can only be taught by teaching falsehood, and that any man who knew the truth would be wicked. I disbelieve this, absolutely and entirely. I believe that love of truth is the basis of all real virtue, and that virtues based upon lies can only do harm.” Bertrand Russell
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“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
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“One of the world’s greatest problems is the impossibility of any person searching for the truth on any subject when they believe they already have it.” Dave Wilbur
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“Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.” Buddha, Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta
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“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
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“He is the freeman whom the truth makes free, and all are slaves besides.” William Cowper
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“We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th US President
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“...most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion. This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars. Their every truth is not quite true. Their two is not the real two, their four not the real four; so that every word they say chagrins us, and we know not where to begin to set them right.” Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self Reliance - 1841 - From “Essays”, First series
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“There is tranquility in ignorance, but servitude is its partner.”
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“A radical is one who speaks the truth.” Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr., congressman, father of famous aviator, June 15, 1957
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“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918- ), Russian writer, Soviet dissident, imprisoned for 8 years for criticizing Stalin in a personal letter, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1970
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“Live truth instead of professing it.” Elbert Hubbard
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“We find few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth; it is their common method to take on trust what they help distribute to the public; by which means a falsehood once received from a famed writer becomes traditional to posterity.” John Dryden (1631-1700), English poet
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“Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.” Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), author
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“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” Edward R. Murrow
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“Many people today don’t want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing, They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.” Louis Kronenberger (1904-1980)
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“For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.” Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian statesman and political philosopher, source: Discourses, 1513-1517
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“The modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of the people.” David Edwards, British columnist, Burning All Illusions, 1996
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“One of the world’s greatest problems is the impossibility of any person searching for the truth on any subject when they believe they already have it.” Dave Wilbur
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“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his [or her] deception, the one who lies with sincerity.” Andre Gide
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“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” Thomas Jefferson
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“In order that all men might be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.” Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), The Rambler, 1750-52
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“Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.” Sallust (86 BC-34 BC), The War with Catiline
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“The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.” Mark Twain (1835-1910), Advice to Youth
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“For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.” Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian statesman and political philosopher, Discourses, 1513-1517
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“The greatness of every mighty organization embodying an idea in this world lies in the religious fanaticism and intolerance with which, fanatically convinced of its own right, it intolerantly imposes its will against all others.” Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German chancellor, leader of the Nazi party
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"All great truths begin as blasphemies." - George Bernard Shaw

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The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons: - - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian novelist
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When people who are honestly mistaken learn the truth, they will either cease being mistaken, or cease being honest! – Anonymous
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"By doubting we all come at truth." - Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
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"It does not require many words to speak the truth."- Chief Joseph: (1840-1904) Chief of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce Indians

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