„Let me tell you the truth. The truth is what is, and what should be is a fantasy. A terrible, terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago.“
as quoted by Paul Krassner in Lenny Bruce: Swear to tell the truth 1998 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175844/
— Victor Serge Russian revolutionary and writer 1890 - 1947
— Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983
Contexto: How terribly hard and almost impossible it is to tell the truth. More than anything else, the artist in us prevents us from telling aught as it really happened. We deal with the truth as the cook deals with meat and vegetables.
„I’m a terrible salesman,” he finally said. “I always tell the truth about what I’m selling, and then nobody buys it.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
Fonte: The Tales of Alvin Maker, The Crystal City (2003), Chapter 12 “Springfield” (p. 250).
„What scientific truth tells you is: what things are. Genuine religious truth tells you: how you should act. These are not the same.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„There is no truth except the truth that exists within you. Everything else is what someone is telling you.“
— Neale Donald Walsch American writer 1943
Fonte: Home with God: In a Life That Never Ends
— Henry Melvill British academic 1798 - 1871
Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 86.
Contexto: There is truth in Jesus which is terrible, as well as truth that is soothing; terrible, for He shall be Judge as well as Saviour; and ye cannot face Him, ye cannot stand before Him, unless ye now give ear to His invitation.
„There is only one sin. and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.“
— Khaled Hosseini, livro The Kite Runner
Fonte: The Kite Runner
„A lot of common wisdom like that isn’t just mistaken, it’s anti-epistemology, it’s systematically wrong. Every rule of rationality that tells you how to find the truth, there’s someone out there who needs you to believe the opposite. If you once tell a lie, the truth is ever after your enemy; and there’s a lot of people out there telling lies.“
— Eliezer Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Harry Potter in Ch. 65 http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/65/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (2010 - 2015)
Contexto: Lies propagate, that’s what I’m saying. You’ve got to tell more lies to cover them up, lie about every fact that’s connected to the first lie. And if you kept on lying, and you kept on trying to cover it up, sooner or later you’d even have to start lying about the general laws of thought. Like, someone is selling you some kind of alternative medicine that doesn’t work, and any double-blind experimental study will confirm that it doesn’t work. So if someone wants to go on defending the lie, they’ve got to get you to disbelieve in the experimental method. Like, the experimental method is just for merely scientific kinds of medicine, not amazing alternative medicine like theirs. Or a good and virtuous person should believe as strongly as they can, no matter what the evidence says. Or truth doesn’t exist and there’s no such thing as objective reality. A lot of common wisdom like that isn’t just mistaken, it’s anti-epistemology, it’s systematically wrong. Every rule of rationality that tells you how to find the truth, there’s someone out there who needs you to believe the opposite. If you once tell a lie, the truth is ever after your enemy; and there’s a lot of people out there telling lies.
„It is much harder to lie to someone's face.
It is also much harder to tell the truth to someone's face.“
— David Levithan American author and editor 1972
Fonte: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
— Philip K. Dick, livro The Man in the High Castle
Fonte: The Man in the High Castle
— Giacomo Casanova Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice 1725 - 1798
„What is truth? The negation of lies? Or the statement of a fact? And if the fact is a lie, what then is the truth?“
— Andrzej Sapkowski, livro Sword of Destiny
Fonte: Sword of Destiny
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian author 1821 - 1881
The Brothers Karamazov (1879–1880)
„What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this -- two things: I crave truth. And I lie.“
— Tana French, In the Woods
Fonte: In the Woods