— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Mark Twain and I by Opie Read
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„The man of the Midi does not lie, he deceives himself. He does not always speak the truth but he believes he speaks it.“
— Alphonse Daudet, книга Tartarin of Tarascon
Tartarin de Tarascon (1872), L'homme du Midi ne ment pas, il se trompe. Il ne dit pas toujours la vérité, mais il croit la dire. P. 40; translation p. 17.
„Man consists in Truth. If he exposes Truth, he exposes himself. If he betrays Truth, he betrays himself.“
— Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801
Context: Man consists in Truth. If he exposes Truth, he exposes himself. If he betrays Truth, he betrays himself. We speak not here of lies, but of acting against Conviction.
— Julius Streicher German politician 1885 - 1946
Alternate version: He who knows the truth and does not speak it truly is a miserable creature. Quoted in "Julius Streicher" - Page 211 - By Randall L. Bytwerk
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 до н.э.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)
„On his central point, the £350m a week, this is a lie. He knows it is a lie and endlessly repeating it does not make it the truth.“
— Vince Cable British Liberal Democrat politician 1943
2017, Boris Johnson insists he is 'all behind' May over Brexit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41289080 BBC News (16 September 2017)
„The Little Man does not want to hear the truth about himself. He does not want the great responsibility which is his. He wants to remain a Little Man.“
— Wilhelm Reich, книга Listen, Little Man!
Listen, Little Man! (1948), Context: My intellect tells me: "Tell the truth at any cost." The Little Man in me says: "It is stupid to expose oneself to the little man, to put oneself at his mercy. The Little Man does not want to hear the truth about himself. He does not want the great responsibility which is his. He wants to remain a Little Man. He wants to remain a Little Man, or wants to become a little great man. He wants to become rich, or a party leader, or commander of a legion, or secretary of the society for the abolition of vice. But he does not want to assume responsibility for his work..."
— Tom Bissell American journalist 1974
„Therefore the moral man, even when he is not doing anything, is serious; and, even when he does not speak, is truthful.“
— Zisi Chinese philosopher -481 - -402 до н.э.
The Doctrine of the Mean, p. 126
„Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
The Critic as Artist (1891), Part II
„I'm planning, you see, to try to confine myself to the truth. That's hard for an old, inveterate fantasy martyr and [illegible] liar who has never hesitated to give truth the form he felt the occasion demanded.“
— Ingmar Bergman, The Magic Lantern
On his plans for his autobiography Laterna Magica, as quoted in "Who is he really?" http://www.ingmarbergman.se/universe.asp?guid=4F72F9D3-43BB-405D-B42B-3D091B8FAF3A
„The defendant wants to hide the truth because he's generally guilty. The defense attorney's job is to make sure the jury does not arrive at that truth.“
— Alan M. Dershowitz American lawyer, author 1938
U.S. News & World Report (August 9, 1982)
„Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.“
— C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961
„It is perilous to separate thinking rightly from acting rightly. He is already half false who speculates on truth and does not do it. Truth is given, not to be contemplated, but to be done. Life is an action — not a thought. And the penalty paid by him who speculates on truth, is that by degrees the very truth he holds becomes a falsehood.“
— Frederick William Robertson British writer and theologian 1816 - 1853
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 606.
— Brandon Sanderson American fantasy writer 1975
„Man can certainly keep on lying (and he does so); but he cannot make truth falsehood. He can certainly rebel (he does so); but he can accomplish nothing which abolishes the choice of God.“
— Karl Barth, книга Church Dogmatics
Church Dogmatics (1932–1968), Context: Man can certainly keep on lying (and he does so); but he cannot make truth falsehood. He can certainly rebel (he does so); but he can accomplish nothing which abolishes the choice of God. He can certainly flee from God (he does so); but he cannot escape Him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God (he does and is so); but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in His hate. He can certainly give himself to isolation (he does so — he thinks, wills and behaves godlessly, and is godless); but even in his isolation he must demonstrate that which he wishes to controvert — the impossibility of playing the "individual" over against God. He may let go of God, but God does not let go of him. 2:2 <!-- p. 317 --> Paraphrased variant: Man can certainly flee from God... but he cannot escape him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God … but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in his hate. Quoted in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations (1998) by James Beasley Simpson.
„I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
1840s, Letter to Allen N. Ford (11 August 1846), reported in Roy Prentice Basler, ed., Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings (1990 )