Truth

Truth and Lies

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."

-- H. L. Mencken

If you want the truth...

"If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between 'for' and 'against' is the mind's worst disease."

-- Sent-ts'an, c. 700 C.E.

The origin of myths...

"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way."

-- Bertrand Russell

Nothing is easier than self-deceit.

"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."

-- Demosthenes
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