To Tell the Truth

Sunday, June 11, 2017 – To Tell the Truth

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~ Winston Churchill

Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack. ~ Sun Tzu

Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor. ~ Neil Gaiman

Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit. ~ Edward R. Murrow

There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires – desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way. ~ Bertrand Russell

The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off. ~ Gloria Steinem

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. ~ Albert Einstein

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. ~ Elvis Presley

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~ Wallace Stevens

A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. ~ William Shenstone

Truth disappears with the telling of it. ~ Lawrence Durrell

There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying. ~ Josh Billings

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact. ~ Charles Darwin

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Unity without verity is no better than conspiracy. ~ John Trapp

Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion – and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion – while Truth again reverts to a new minority. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed. ~ Mark Twain

There are many more wrong answers than right ones, and they are easier to find. ~ Michael Friedlander

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. ~ Umberto Eco

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. ~ Winston Churchill

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. ~ H. L. Mencken

Reality is bad enough. Why should I tell the truth? ~ Patrick Sky

It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. ~ Jerome K. Jerome

Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one’s own habits, and from time to time, one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase – some jackboot, Achilles’ heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno or other lump of verbal refuse – into the dustbin where it belongs. ~ George Orwell

A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure. ~ Segal’s Law

There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed. ~ Peter Sellers

You always admire what you really don’t understand. ~ Blaise Pascal

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Truth has very few friends and those few are suicides. ~ Antonio Porchia

The truth is more important than the facts. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. ~ Niels Bohr

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread. ~ Josh Billings

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth – anonymously and posthumously. ~ Thomas Sowell

People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. ~ Richard J. Needham

If we were all given by magic the power to read each other’s thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships. ~ Bertrand Russell

No such thing as a man willing to be honest – that would be like a blind man willing to see. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

There’s one way to find out if a man is honest. Ask him. If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook. ~ Groucho Marx

Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. ~ Samuel Johnson

Solitaire is the only thing in life that demands absolute honesty. ~ Hugh Wheeler

Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect. ~ Stephen Butler Leacock

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation. ~ Charles Baudelaire

It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. ~ Noel Coward

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. ~ Frederick Douglass

The greatest height of heroism to which an individual, like a people, can attain, is to know how to face ridicule. ~ Miguel de Unamuno

Reason is the test of ridicule, not ridicule the test of truth. ~ William Warburton

Mockery is the weapon of those who have no other. ~ Hubert Pierlot

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right. ~ H. L. Mencken

Take our politicians: they’re a bunch of yo-yos. The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of clichés the first prize. ~ Saul Bellow

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. ~ Charles Krauthammer

The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time. ~ Franklin P. Adams

It is my settled opinion, after some years as a political correspondent, that no one is attracted to a political career in the first place unless he is socially or emotionally crippled. ~ F. F. Bosworth

Politics, like theater, is one of those things where you’ve got to be wise enough to know when to leave. ~ Richard Lamm

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