„In a world that has REALLY been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood.“

—  Guy Debord
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escritor, ensaísta e cineasta francês 1931 - 1994
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„Cling to truth and it turns into falsehood. Understand falsehood and it turns into truth.“

—  Ryōkan Japanese Buddhist monk 1758 - 1831
Context: Cling to truth and it turns into falsehood. Understand falsehood and it turns into truth. Truth and falsehood are two sides of the same coin. Neither accept one nor reject the other. As translated in 1,001 Pearls of Wisdom (2006) by David Ross, p. 36

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„You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis, livro A Grief Observed
A Grief Observed (1961), Context: You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn't you then first discover how much you really trusted it? … Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.

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„What of a truth that is bounded by these mountains and is falsehood to the world that lives beyond?“

—  Michel De Montaigne, livro Ensaios
Essais (1595), Book II, Quelle vérité que ces montagnes bornent, qui est mensonge qui se tient au delà? Book II, Ch. 12

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„Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;“

—  James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis
The Present Crisis (1844), Context: Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side; Some great cause, God's new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight, Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right, And the choice goes by forever 'twixt that darkness and that light. St. 5

„Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide in the strife of Truth and Falsehood, for the good and evil side.“

—  Dingiri Banda Wijetunga President of Sri Lanka 1916 - 2008
Quoted on Archives. Daily News, "Dingiri Banda Wijetunga - the journey to greatness" http://archives.dailynews.lk/2008/09/22/fea01.asp, September 22, 2008.

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„A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1962, Context: We welcome the views of others. We seek a free flow of information across national boundaries and oceans, across iron curtains and stone walls. We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. John F. Kennedy: "Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America" (26 February 1962) http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=9075&st=&st1=<!-- Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project -->

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„But they are the ones who have been distorting it in the first place – by suppressing the truth, by planting falsehoods.“

—  Arun Shourie Indian journalist and politician 1941
Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud, Context: Once they had occupied academic bodies, once they had captured universities and thereby determined what will be taught, which books will be prescribed, what questions would be asked, what answers will be acceptable, these historians came to decide what history had actually been! As it suits their current convenience and politics to make out that Hinduism also has been intolerant, they will glide over what Ambedkar says about the catastrophic effect that Islamic invasions had on Buddhism, they will completely suppress what he said of the nature of these invasions and of Muslim rule in his Thoughts on Pakistan,3 but insist on reproducing his denunciations of ‘Brahmanism’, and his view that the Buddhist India established by the Mauryas was systematically invaded and finished by Brahmin rulers. Thus, they suppress facts, they concoct others, they suppress what an author has said on one matter even as they insist that what he has said on another be taken as gospel truth. And when anyone attempts to point out what had in fact happened, they rise in chorus: a conspiracy to rewrite history, they shout, a plot to distort history, they scream. But they are the ones who have been distorting it in the first place – by suppressing the truth, by planting falsehoods.

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„I believe the British government forms the best model the world ever produced, and such has been its progress in the minds of the many, that this truth gradually gains ground. This government has for its object public strength and individual security.“

—  Alexander Hamilton Founding Father of the United States 1757 - 1804
Debates of the Federal Convention (1787), It is said with us to be unattainable. All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and well born, the other the mass of the people. The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true in fact. The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in the government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second, and as they cannot receive any advantage by a change, they therefore will ever maintain good government. Can a democratic assembly, who annually revolve in the mass of the people, be supposed steadily to pursue the public good? Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention, v. 1, p. 299. (June 19, 1787)

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„I will have to face an ugly truth that has been gnawing through my head…“

—  Michael Moore American filmmaker, author, social critic, and liberal activist 1954
2001, Context: I can't even think about this movie. I don't WANT to think about it because if I think about it I will have to face an ugly truth that has been gnawing through my head... This started out as a documentary on gun violence in America, but the largest mass murder in our history was just committed — without the use of a single gun! Not a single bullet fired! No bomb was set off, no missile was fired, no weapon (i. e., a device that was solely and specifically manufactured to kill humans) was used. A boxcutter! — I can't stop thinking about this. A thousand gun control laws would not have prevented this massacre. What am I doing? In response to the September 11 attacks on New York City

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