„Somewhere in the archives of crudest instinct is recorded the truth that it is better to be endangered and free than captive and comfortable.“

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Tom Robbins
US-amerikanischer Autor 1932

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„Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.“

—  Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990)

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„Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996

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„I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

"What I Believe" in The Forum 84 (September 1930), p. 139; some of these expressions were also used separately in other Mencken essays.
1930s
Kontext: I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind — that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious.
I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war upon liberty and the democratic form is as bad as any of the other forms.
I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect.
I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society.
I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run.
I believe in the reality of progress.
I —But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.

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„The whole business is the crudest sort of stratagem, since we have no way of foreseeing it to the end. It is a mere paying out of rope on the chance that somewhere along the length of it will be a noose.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

Part V, The Merchant Princes, section 2; originally published as “The Big and the Little” in Astounding (August 1944)
The Foundation series (1951–1993), Foundation (1951)

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„My songs always sound a lot better in person than they do on the record.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

The Rolling Stone Interview: Bob Dylan http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bob-dylan-talks-a-raw-and-extensive-first-rolling-stone-interview-19691129 (29 November 1969)

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„Unfortunately for mankind—and perhaps fortunately for tyrants—the poor and downtrodden lack the instinct or pride of the elephant, who refuses to breed in captivity.“

—  Nicolas Chamfort French writer 1741 - 1794

Il est malheureux pour les hommes, heureux peut-être pour les tyrans, que les pauvres, les malheureux, n'aient pas l'instinct ou la fierté de l'éléphant qui ne se reproduit point dans la servitude.
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„A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.“

—  Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014

[The Autumn of the Patriarch, 2006 [1976], HarperCollins, 978-0-06-088286-0, 254] translated from El Ontoño del Patriarica (1975) by Gregory Rabassa

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„Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness.“

—  Dean Karnazes American distance runner 1962

Quelle: Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

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„It is better to will the good than to know the truth.“

—  Francesco Petrarca Italian scholar and poet 1304 - 1374

As quoted in The Renaissance : Essays in Interpretation (1982) by André Chastel , p 107

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„Instinct is the direct connection with truth.“

—  Laurette Taylor American stage and silent film actress 1884 - 1946

The Quality You Need Most, from Green Book Magazine (April 1914)

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