„Autobiography is usually honest but it is never truthful.“

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„Autobiography— that unrivalled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.“

—  Philip Guedalla British historical writer 1889 - 1944
"Biographers and Their Victims," http://books.google.com/books?id=yCgoAAAAMAAJ&q=%22Autobiography+that+unrivalled+vehicle+for+telling+the+truth+about+other+people%22&pg=PA136#v=onepage Debate with A. G. Gardiner at The London School of Economics (June 1923) http://archive.org/stream/yeaandnay00anonuoft#page/136/mode/2up

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„The truthful man is usually a liar.“

—  Alfred Nobel Swedish chemist, innovator, and armaments manufacturer 1833 - 1896

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„Earn wealth through honest and truthful work.“

—  Basava a 12th-century Hindu philosopher, statesman, Kannada Bhakti poet of Lingayatism 1134 - 1196

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„It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my experiments with truth...as my life consists of nothing but those experiments.“

—  Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Context: It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my experiments with truth... as my life consists of nothing but those experiments. Introduction

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„To seek an honest man is, at once, to seek a human being worthy of the name, an honest-to-goodness exemplar of the idea of humanity, a truthful and truth-speaking embodiment of the animal having the power of articulate speech.“

—  Leon R. Kass American academic 1939
Context: Diogenes … refuses to be taken in by complacent popular belief that we already know human goodness from our daily experience, or by confident professorial claims that we can capture the mystery of our humanity in ­definitions. But mocking or not, and perhaps speaking better than he knew, Diogenes gave elegantly simple expression to the humanist quest for self-knowledge: I seek the human being — my human being, your human being, our humanity. In fact, the embellished version of Diogenes' question comes to the same thing: To seek an honest man is, at once, to seek a human being worthy of the name, an honest-to-goodness exemplar of the idea of humanity, a truthful and truth-speaking embodiment of the animal having the power of articulate speech.

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„The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.“

—  Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
Speech on the twenty-third anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1885).

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„Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
A paraphrase of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., in "The Poet at the Breakfast-Table" in The Atlantic Monthly Vol. 29 (1872), p. 231: "I like children, — he said to me one day at table. — I like 'em, and I respect 'em. Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by them".

„Common sense, the half-truths of a deceitful society, is honored as the honest truths of a frank world.“

—  Russell Jacoby American historian 1945
Context: The Adlerians, in the name of “individual psychology,” take the side of society against the individual. … Adler’s later thought succumbs to the worst of his earlier banalization. It is conventional, practical, and moralistic. “Our science … is based on common sense.” Common sense, the half-truths of a deceitful society, is honored as the honest truths of a frank world. p. 23-25

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