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A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Vladimir Lenin

All generalizations are false, including this one.
Mark Twain

All truth is not to be told at all times.
Samuel Butler

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

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
Samuel Butler

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Pablo Picasso

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
Andre Gide

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
George Carlin

Drunks and children always speak the truth.
German Proverb

Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
Khalil Gibran

Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.
William Faulkner

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
Rabindranath Tagore

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
Samuel Butler

I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true.
Ernest Hemingway

If the truth is in your favor no one will believe you.
/Murphy's Law/

If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.
Pablo Picasso

If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.
Rabindranath Tagore

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
Mark Twain

It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
Mark Twain

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
Winston Churchill

More important right now was what kind of truth he was going to have to impart to his colleagues, and he decided not on the whole truth, but instead on nothing but the truth, which dispensed with the need for honesty.
Terry Pratchett

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
George Orwell

Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed.
H. L. Mencken

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.

Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Objective truth is difficult to come by, and even if you have it, what you can pass on to the next person is the story that you tell about it. In order for truth to be recognized as true, it has to be wrapped in plausibility. Just the same as lies.
Daniel Abraham /Another Word: Plausibility and Truth/

Science is but an image of the truth.
Francis Bacon

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.
Thomas Jefferson

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.
H. L. Mencken

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Albert Einstein

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

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.
J. K. Rowling

The view that the truth is one and undivided, and the same for all men everywhere at all times, whether one finds it in the pronouncements of sacred books, traditional wisdom, the authority of churches, democratic majorities, observation and experiment conducted by qualified experts, or the convictions of simple folks uncorrupted by civilisation---this view, in one form or another, is central to western thought, which stems from Plato and his disciples.
Isaiah Berlin / The Crooked Timber of Humanity/

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
John Stuart Mill

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.
Doris Lessing

There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth.
Samuel Butler

Truth is a tendency.
R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so.
Mark Twain

Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
Francis Bacon

Truth is what works.
William James

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
William James

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Oscar Wilde

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