„The ugliest truth, in the end, was still better than the prettiest of lies.“

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„He, who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own Sect or Church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.“

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
Aids to Reflection, "Moral and Religious Aphorisms," Aphorism 25 http://books.google.com/books?id=hEbwXNWXoBoC&q=%22He+who+begins+by+loving+Christianity+better+than+truth+will+proceed+by+loving+his+own+sect+or+church+better+than+Christianity+and+end+in+loving+himself+better+than+all%22&pg=PA74#v=onepage (1873)

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„Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, livro Humano, Demasiado Humano
Human, All Too Human (1878), Helen Zimmern translation, Context: Enemies of truth. Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. Section IX, "Man Alone with Himself" / aphorism 483

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„It is better to will the good than to know the truth.“

—  Francesco Petrarca Italian scholar and poet 1304 - 1374
As quoted in The Renaissance : Essays in Interpretation (1982) by André Chastel , p 107

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„I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
1930s, Context: I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind — that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking. I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious. I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war upon liberty and the democratic form is as bad as any of the other forms. I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect. I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society. I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run. I believe in the reality of progress. I —But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant. "What I Believe" in The Forum 84 (September 1930), p. 139; some of these expressions were also used separately in other Mencken essays.

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„The truth lied
And lies divide
Lies divide“

—  Leslie Feist Canadian musician 1976
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