„For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.“
— Patrick Henry attorney, planter, politician and Founding Father of the United States 1736 - 1799
Context: It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope and pride. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
„The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies. The fearful thing about it is that, not knowing what truth may be, we can still recognize lies.“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
— Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
— Lily Tomlin American actress, comedian, writer, and producer 1939
— Jane Wagner Playwright, actress 1935
— Philip Roth American novelist 1933
Context: There is truth and then again there is truth. For all that the world is full of people who go around believing they've got you or your neighbor figured out, there really is no bottom to what is not known. The truth about us is endless. As are the lies.
„If you will refrain from telling any lies about the Republican Party, I'lll promise not to tell the truth about the Democrats.“
— Chauncey Depew American politician 1834 - 1928
As quoted in "If Elected I Promise … " Stories and Gems of Wisdom by and About Politicians (1969) by John F. Parker