— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used "to tell" at all.“
— Umberto Eco, A Theory of Semiotics
Trattato di semiotica generale (1975); [A Theory of Semiotics] (1976) Variant: A sign is anything that can be used to tell a lie.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
— Andrejs Dunkels 1939 - 1999
cited in: Andrea Varsavsky, Iven Mareels, Mark Cook (2010). Epileptic Seizures and the EEG. p. 89
— Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960
This appears in the handwritten manuscript for the L'Etranger, but not apparently in the English translations. See https://twitter.com/lit_books/status/491648425654751232?lang=en Someone who reads French is needed to verify. Pablo Picasso said something very similar. Perhaps it is the source? From Herschel B. Chipp’s Theories of Modern Art: "We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand."
— Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
Context: We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it's the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were – to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.
„You may lie with your mouth, but with the mouth you make as you do so you none the less tell the truth.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
„It was difficult to tell them the truth when a lie would have been so much easier for them to understand.“
— Philip Pullman English author 1946
Context: Lyra sighed; she had forgotten how roundabout Scholars could be. It was difficult to tell them the truth when a lie would have been so much easier for them to understand. Ch. 4 : Trepanning