Truth or Consequences

Sunday, October 10, 2021 – Truth or Consequences 

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do. ~ James Harvey Robinson

We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine. ~ H. L. Mencken

Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories. ~ Felix Cohen

Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe. ~ John Lancaster Spalding

Man tends to treat all his opinions as principles. ~ Herbert Agar

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. ~ Bertrand Russell

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. ~ Thomas Paine

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. ~ Tom Robbins

One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything. ~ Malcolm Muggeridge

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

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. ~ Saul Bellow

On the throne of the world, any delusion can become fact. ~ Gore Vidal, Julian

Actually we are a vulgar, pushing mob whose passions are easily mobilized by demagogues, newspaper men, religious quacks, agitators and such like. To call this a society of free peoples is blasphemous. What have we to offer the world besides the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment? ~ Henry Miller

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors. ~ William Ralph Inge

Few people have the imagination for reality. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

The formula “two and two make five” is not without its attractions. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground, 1864

Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal – drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort. ~ Jean Cocteau

We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. ~ Michael Crichton

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. ~ Bruce Lee

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it. ~ Garrison Keillor

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking. ~ Alfred Korzybski

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong. ~ G. K. Chesterton

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. ~ Bertrand Russell

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. ~ George Bernard Shaw

In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true. ~ John Lilly

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Lewis Carroll

They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness. ~ Louise Erdrich

There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. ~ Frank A. Clark

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. ~ Ambrose Bierce

The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset. ~ Geoffrey Madan

The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have. ~ James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them. ~ Rose Macaulay