Sure, we live in a world of consumerism where everything from new tech to political affiliations to religion are carefully marketed to the public. Every word is meant to push you in one direction or another so that you, hopefully, select their “product” or used to simply control the conversation from their perspective. Look beyond the loudest voices as you seek the truth, it lies somewhere beneath the superficial arguments.
Some people will not tolerate such emotional honesty in communication. They would rather defend their dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Therefore, having rationalized their phoniness into nobility, they settle for superficial relationships. ~Author Unknown
I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won’t. ~Mark Twain
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is — “Let there be truth between us two forevermore.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is almost the only courageous thing left to do. ~E.V. Lucas
Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer’s mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got from the thing itself. ~Arthur Schopenhauer, translated from German
Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it. ~Emily Dickinson
It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. ~Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason