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

Yiyun Li
“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

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

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

Robert G. Ingersoll
“At present, a good many men engaged in scientific pursuits, and who have signally failed in gaining recognition among their fellows, are endeavoring to make reputations among the churches by delivering weak and vapid lectures upon the 'harmony of Genesis and Geology.' Like all hypocrites, these men overstate the case to such a degree, and so turn and pervert facts and words that they succeed only in gaining the applause of other hypocrites like themselves. Among the great scientists they are regarded as generals regard sutlers who trade with both armies.

Surely the time must come when the wealth of the world will not be wasted in the propagation of ignorant creeds and miraculous mistakes. The time must come when churches and cathedrals will be dedicated to the use of man; when minister and priest will deem the discoveries of the living of more importance than the errors of the dead; when the truths of Nature will outrank the 'sacred' falsehoods of the past, and when a single fact will outweigh all the miracles of Holy Writ.

Who can over estimate the progress of the world if all the money wasted in superstition could be used to enlighten, elevate and civilize mankind?

When every church becomes a school, every cathedral a university, every clergyman a teacher, and all their hearers brave and honest thinkers, then, and not until then, will the dream of poet, patriot, philanthropist and philosopher, become a real and blessed truth.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

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

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

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

Gustave Flaubert
“I can't admit of an old boy of a God who takes walks in his garden with a cane in his hand, who lodges his friends in the belly of whales, dies uttering a cry, and rises again at the end of three days; things absurd in themselves, and completely opposed, moreover, to all physical laws, which prove to us, by the way, that priests have always wallowed in turpid ignorance, in which they would fain engulf the people with them.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

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

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

Thomas Paine
“I have now gone through the examination of the four books ascribed to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; and when it is considered that the whole space of time, from the crucifixion to what is called the ascension, is but a few days, apparently not more than three or four, and that all the circumstances are reported to have happened nearly about the same spot, Jerusalem, it is, I believe, impossible to find in any story upon record so many and such glaring absurdities, contradictions, and falsehoods, as are in those books. They are more numerous and striking than I had any expectation of finding, when I began this examination, and far more so than I had any idea of when I wrote the former part of 'The Age of Reason.”
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

“We lie because we are adept at hiding the truth.”
Anthony T.Hincks

“Witch hunts are nothing new for America. The only difference this time round is that the old ones were for all the false reasons.”
Anthony T.Hincks

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

“So, Bo-Bo is now a friend of the Earth,
We should all rejoice that the chosen one has become a symbol of what is wrong with this world.
We should all rejoice that he commands the weather and all things cosmic.
We should all rejoice that he relays falsehoods as being 100% true while at the same time laying claim that all truths are nothing but fabricated news.
Let us all rejoice in the name of Bo-Bo for he is indeed a pillar of strength for us all and an inspiration for so many.”
Anthony T. Hiincks

“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

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

“The biggest deception is when you start to believe your own lies.”
Anthony T Hincks

“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.”

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