A half truth is a whole lie.
Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited.
Facts are stubborn things
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Honesty isn’t always pretty
He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
Government supports failures
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Liars and thieves
‘Liar’ is just as ugly a word as ‘thief,’ because it implies the presence of just as ugly a sin in one case as in the other. If a man lies under oath or procures the lie of another under oath, if he perjures himself or suborns perjury, he is guilty under the statute law.
Truth and fiction
It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
The power of accurate observation
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
The most dangerous man
The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.
The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them … To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary.