Source: Dirty Story
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
Source: Harriet the Spy
„Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used "to tell" at all.“
— Umberto Eco Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist 1932 - 2016
Variant: A sign is anything that can be used to tell a lie.
Source: Trattato di semiotica generale (1975); [A Theory of Semiotics] (1976)
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
Source: Culture and Value (1980), p. 44e
— Mort Sahl American comedian and actor 1927
Source: Quotations Collected by Donald Gudehus: Mort Sahl http://www.chara.gsu.edu/~gudehus/Quotations/quotations_rst.html
— Andrejs Dunkels 1939 - 1998
cited in: Andrea Varsavsky, Iven Mareels, Mark Cook (2010). Epileptic Seizures and the EEG. p. 89
— Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960
Pablo Picasso said something very similar. Perhaps it is the source? From Herschel B. Chipp’s Theories of Modern Art: "We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand."
— Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming (2013)
Context: We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it's the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were – to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.
Source: White Cat
— Tad Williams novelist 1957
Source: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, To Green Angel Tower (1993), Part 1, Chapter 17, “Bonfire Night” (p. 523).
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Source: His Dark Materials, The Subtle Knife (1997), Ch. 4 : Trepanning
Context: Lyra sighed; she had forgotten how roundabout Scholars could be. It was difficult to tell them the truth when a lie would have been so much easier for them to understand.
— Giacomo Casanova Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice 1725 - 1798
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
First attributed to Roosevelt on the internet in recent years, there is no evidence he ever said this, as noted in "Teddy Roosevelt on Conservatives vs. Liberals", by Dan Evon at snopes.com (3 June 2016) http://www.snopes.com/teddy-roosevelt-anger-a-liberal-quote and at Teddy Roosevelt once said, “To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” (14 June 2016) https://www.truthorfiction.com/teddy-roosevelt-anger-conservative-lie-quote