Falsehoods Quotes

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“If believing absurd falsehoods increase the odds of getting laid or avoiding predators, your brain will believe those falsehoods with all its metaphorical little heart.”
Peter Watts

“So obscure are the greatest events, as some take for granted any hearsay, whatever its source, others turn truth into falsehood, and both errors find encouragement with posterity.”
Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome

“When the dead departed, they took away any falsehoods that they might have allowed us to believe while alive; we who are left behind have to embark on a different life, since the dead are no longer here to help us deceive ourselves.”
Yiyun Li

Thomas Jefferson
“… the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
Thomas Jefferson, Memoirs, Correspondence And Private Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Ed. By T.J. Randolph

Robinson Jeffers
“That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and tum.
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors,
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not CatulIus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante’s feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatredS.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.”
Robinson Jeffers, Selected Poems

Ljupka Cvetanova
“Once you drop a mask, you can never wear it again.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Andy Rooney
“I just wish this social institution [religion] wasn't based on what appears to me to be a monumental hoax built on an accumulation of customs and myths directed toward proving something that isn't true.”
Andy Rooney, Sincerely, Andy Rooney

Frank Herbert
“These are illusions of popular history which successful religion must promote: Evil men never prosper; only the brave deserve the fair; honesty is the best policy; actions speak louder than words; virtue always triumpths; a good deed is its own rewards; any bad human can be reformed; religious talismans protect one from demon possession; only females understand the ancient mysteries; the rich are doomed to unhappiness”
Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

Neil deGrasse Tyson
“The urge to want some bit of information to be true often clouds our ability to assess why that information may be false.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ottessa Moshfegh
“If he could have it his way, nobody would ever say anything again. The entire world would go silent. Even the clocks wouldn’t tick. All that mattered would be the beating of hearts, the widening and narrowing of pupils, the whirling of ties and loose strands of hair in the wind---nothing voluntary, nothing false.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Homesick for Another World

George Packer
“[O]nce demagogy and falsehoods become routine, there isn’t much for the political journalist to do except handicap the race and report on the candidate’s mood.”
George Packer

“People strive hardest to save face, when the beauty they value is solely extrinsic.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

“Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.”
Chuck Todd

“It's so important to identify beliefs.
Because once you identify [a negative belief], once you bring it into the light, you will see it doesn't belong to you:
- That it came from your parents;
- It came from your family;
- It came from your society;
- It came from your friends.
And you bought into it. But it isn't yours.

Holding on to something that isn't yours is called theft.
Don't be a belief thief!

Let go of what isn't yours.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“It is a fact increasingly manifest that presentation of real news has sharpened the minds and the judgment of men and women everywhere in these days of real public discussion. We Americans begin to know the difference between the truth on the one side and the falsehood on the other, no matter how often the falsehood is iterated and reiterated. Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The grandeur of the thieving falsity is larceny, the fall of cities.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

“Falsehoods, rob the good in the hood, of the good wood. The good wood, that the good in the hood are descended from, is their birthright.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

“The truth is a powerful force. It is the foundation of all things. The truth is so all-consuming that it cannot be denied. You cannot erase the truth. You cannot tarnish the truth. You cannot whitewash the truth. It is bigger than the sum of us all, and whole, even in its parts.

And yet, though the truth can't be denied or erased, it can be systematically obscured, strategically misinterpreted, and hidden from mainstream comprehension.”
John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America

“Today. the celebration is for the "victorious", not the meritorious. The depiction to the youth, is that one can be victorious without merit, and that merit is less notable than victory. The result, is the masses are selectively and passively affirming that winning trumps hard work, that theft trumps the pride of ownership, and that personal success trumps collective progress.”
Justin Kyle McFarlane Beau

Nancy Freund
“When you get right down to it, lots of things that look fancy are easy to do, and lots of things that seem easy are hard, even if you're very creative and a good artist.”
Nancy Freund, Mailbox: A Scattershot Novel of Racing, Dares and Danger, Occasional Nakedness, and Faith

Shirley Jackson
“The children around our house have a saying that everything is either true, not true, or one of Mother's delusions. Now, I don't know about the true things or the not-true things, because there seem to be so many of them, but I do know about Mother's delusions, and they're solid. They range from the conviction that the waffle iron, unless watched, is going to strangle the toaster, to the delusion that electricity pours out of an empty socket onto your head, and nothing is going to change any one of them.

The very nicest thing about being a writer is that you can afford to indulge yourself endlessly with oddness, and nobody can really do anything about it, as long as you keep writing and kind of using it up, as it were. I am, this morning, endeavoring to persuade you to join me in my deluded world; it is a happy, irrational, rich world, full of fairies and ghosts and free electricity and dragons, and a world beyond all others fun to walk around in. All you have to do---and watch this carefully please--is keep writing. As long as you write it away regularly, nothing can really hurt you.”
Shirley Jackson, Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings

T.F. Hodge
“Souls rockin' pieces around necks, wrists and ankles they only believe in part time and some time. Loud and proud with no get-down.”
T.F. Hodge

“Half the truth is a whole lie.”
William Collins, The Empathy Gap: Male Disadvantages and the Mechanisms of Their Neglect

Steven Magee
“The disability system engages in falsehoods to refuse disbursements of eligible benefits.”
Steven Magee

Hannah Arendt
“Under normal circumstances the liar is defeated by reality, for which there is no substitute; no matter how large the tissue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough, even if he enlists the help of computers, to cover the immensity of factuality.”
Hannah Arendt , Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics, Civil Disobedience, On Violence, and Thoughts on Politics and Revolution

Criss Jami
“In all of our souls, pray the awful parts call out for solace - the false and the faults, the fears and the flaws, the 'F's and the fouls, the fakes and the frauds - now facing facades, these aches will fall off; they'll break while they crawl: ailments from failures, preyed once and for all.”
Criss Jami

Francis Quarles
“Thy babbling tongue tells golden tales
Of endless treasure;
Thy bounty offers easy sales
Of lasting pleasure;
Thou ask'st the conscience what she ails,
And swear'st to ease her:
There's none can want where thou supply'st:
There's none can give when thou deny'st.
Alas! fond world, thou boast'st; false world thou ly'st.”
Francis Quarles

Blaise Pascal
“Weaklings are those who know the truth, but maintain it only as far as it is in their interest to do so, and apart from that forsake it.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

“All spoken truths contain falsehood.”
Bert McCoy

Fenna Edgewood
“I am very disappointed, Philip,” she said, still stern.
“I know, Cherry,” he accepted. “But… she did claim she was my wife.”
“She did,” she acknowledged. “Knowing nothing of your history or who you were, she did say such a foolish thing.”
Fenna Edgewood, The Seafaring Lady's Guide to Love

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