„Be careful to have truthful friends and try to obtain them, for they are your support when you are in welfare, and your advocator when you have misfortune.“
— Ja'far al-Sadiq Muslim religious person 702 - 765
Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.74, p. 187
— Nick Drake (poet) British writer 1961
Context: There is truth in what you say. Truth is a dangerous muse. One dies for the truth. Ch. 2
„The telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.“
— Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
Interviewed by J. Rentilly, "The Best Jokes Are Dangerous" http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2002/09/16vonnegut1.html, McSweeny's (September 2002)
— Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949
— Alfred Adler Medical Doctor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Personality Theorist 1870 - 1937
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
H 7 Variant translation: The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895
Context: In truth, men speak too much of danger. Let others be terrified by the natural and healthy risks of life! We shall not be frightened! Poison sumac grows in a hard-working man's field, the serpent hisses from its hidden den, and the owl's eye shines in the belfry, but the sun goes on lighting the sky, and truth continues marching across the earth unscathed.
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Context: Enemies of truth. Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. Section IX, "Man Alone with Himself" / aphorism 483
— Henrik Ibsen Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet 1828 - 1906
Dr. Stockmann, Act V Robert Farquharson translation
„To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do not care whole-heartedly for the result, or that you doubt either your power or your premises. But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas —that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out. That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution.“
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
250 U.S. at 630.
— Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938
„If you seek Truth, you will not seek to gain a victory by every possible means; and when you have found Truth, you need not fear being defeated.“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138