— Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014
„Einstein's space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh's sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself.“
„[This] science is the work of the human mind, which is destined rather to study than to know, to seek the truth rather than to find it.“
— Évariste Galois French mathematician, founder of group theory 1811 - 1832
Of mathematics — as quoted in Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty (1980) by Morris Kline, p. 99.
— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing writer, philosopher, publicist, and art critic 1729 - 1781
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Context: Enemies of truth. Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. Section IX, "Man Alone with Himself" / aphorism 483
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
This quote does appear in Einstein's 1940 essay "The Fundaments of Physics" which can be found in his book Out of My Later Years (1950), but Einstein does not claim credit for it, instead calling it "Lessing's fine saying".
— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Speech at Aylesbury, Royal and Central Bucks Agricultural Association (21 September 1865), cited in Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, Collected from his Writings and Speeches (1881), p. 356.
— Mason Cooley American academic 1927 - 2002
City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection (1987)
„Animistic savages prostrating themselves before a painted stone have always seemed to me to be nearer the truth than any Einstein or Bertrand Russell.“
— Malcolm Muggeridge English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist 1903 - 1900
Chronicles of Wasted Time: The Green Stick (1972)
„The truth that seems discouraging does in reality only transform the courage of those strong enough to accept it; and, in any event, a truth that disheartens, because it is true, is still of far more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods.“
— Maurice Maeterlinck Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist 1862 - 1949
Unsourced variant: A truth that disheartens because it is true is of more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods.
„Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction … for fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore is congenial to it.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
The Club of Queer Trades (1905) Ch. 4 "Speculation of the House Agent"
„Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.“
— Edward Albee American playwright 1928
Saturday Review (4 May 1966)
„It has been said, and perhaps with truth, that the conclusions of Political Economy partake more of the certainty of the stricter sciences than those of most of the other branches of human knowledge.“
— Thomas Robert Malthus British political economist 1766 - 1834
Book I, Introduction, p. 1