„But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, Baba (58)
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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
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„The truth doesn’t hurt. Whatever it is, it doesn’t hurt. It’s better to know the truth.“

—  Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961
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