„Marilyn Monroe wasn't even her real name, Charles Manson isn't his real name, and now, I'm taking that to be my real name. But what's real? You can't find the truth, you just pick the lie you like the best.“

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„If you believe that their real intention is to kill you, it isn't unreasonable to believe that they would lie to you.“

—  Henry Kissinger United States Secretary of State 1923
1980s, Observation made privately, quoted by Time journalist Michael Kramer, The Case for Skepticism http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,956604,00.html Time, (26 December 1988), in the context of doubts about PLO sincerity in hinting about recognition of Israel.

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„What is humility but truthfulness? There is no real difference.“

—  Walter Hilton English Augustinian mystic. 1340 - 1396
The Ladder of Perfection (1494), Book II, ch. 20 (p. 153)

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„An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.“

—  H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau
The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), Ch. 21: The Reversion of the Beast Folk

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„Truth becomes fiction when the fiction's true;
Real becomes not-real when the unreal's real.“

—  Cao Xueqin, Dream of the Red Chamber
Dream of the Red Chamber (c. 1760), 假作真时真亦假,无为有处有还无。 Jia zuo zhen shi zhen yi jia, Wu wei you chu you huan wu. Chapter 5

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„Humanity is not yet ready for either real truth or real harmony.“

—  Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935
Weekly columns, Context: See they conducted experiments on convicts... I don't know on what grounds they reason a man in jail is a bigger liar than one out of jail... The chances are telling the truth is what got him there... It would be a big aid to humanity, but it will never be, for already the politicians are up in arms against it... It would wreck the very foundation on which our political government is run... If you ever injected truth into politics you'd have no politics … Even the ministers are denouncing it now … Humanity is not yet ready for either real truth or real harmony. Nationally syndicated column number 31, A Few Shots of Scopolamin (15 July 1923), after meeting Robert E. House, who had proposed the use of scopolamine as a truth serum, in The Use of Scopolamine in Criminology (1922).

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„The real obstacles lie in the heart of man“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1910s, Proposed Roads To Freedom (1918), Context: A world full of happiness is not beyond human power to create; the obstacles imposed by inanimate nature are not insuperable. The real obstacles lie in the heart of man, and the cure for these is a firm hope, informed and fortified by thought. Ch. VI: International relations, p. 106

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