truth

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It’s often been observed that the first casualty of war is the truth. But that’s a lie, too, in its way. The reality is that, for most wars to begin, the truth has to have been sacrificed a long time in advance.

May 12, 2017 L. Neil Smith ,

“All right,” said Susan, “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need … fantasies to make life bearable.”
No. Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meet the rising ape.
“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers?”
Yes. As practice. You have to start out learning to believe the little lies.
“So we can believe the big ones?”
Yes. Justice. Duty. Mercy. That sort of thing.
“They’re not the same at all!”
Really? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder and sieve it through the finest sieve and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet you act, like there was some sort of rightness in the universe by which it may be judged:
“Yes. But people have got to believe that or what’s the point?”
My point exactly.

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth – never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.

January 5, 2015 Carl Sagan , ,

Do not flinch from experiences that might destroy your beliefs. The thought you cannot think controls you more than thoughts you speak aloud. Submit yourself to ordeals and test yourself in fire. Relinquish the emotion which rests upon a mistaken belief, and seek to feel fully that emotion which fits the facts. If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is hot, and it is cool, the Way opposes your fear. If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is cool, and it is hot, the Way opposes your calm. Evaluate your beliefs first and then arrive at your emotions. Let yourself say: “If the iron is hot, I desire to believe it is hot, and if it is cool, I desire to believe it is cool.”

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth–anonymously and posthumously.

September 1, 2014 Thomas Sowell

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

February 16, 2014 Oscar Wilde

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth.

December 25, 2013 Arthur Conan Doyle

He who cannot lie, knows not what truth is.

October 29, 2013 Nietzsche

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
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