„If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.“

—  Virginia Woolf, The Moment and Other Essays (1948), "The Leaning Tower", lecture delivered to the Workers' Educational Association, Brighton (May 1940)
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„Autobiography—that unrivalled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.“

—  Philip Guedalla British historical writer 1889 - 1944
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„If you will refrain from telling any lies about the Republican Party, I'lll promise not to tell the truth about the Democrats.“

—  Чонси Депью 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

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„When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.“

—  Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
1980s–1990s, Barbarians inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays (1999)

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„The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.“

—  Stella Adler American actress and teaching coach 1901 - 1992
Quoted in Joan E. Kole, "Theatre and Aging" (2009), p. 1

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„It's emotional warfare telling the people we love, the most, the truth about ourselves.“

—  Lauryn Hill American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actress 1975
MTV Unplugged 2.0, By: Lauryn Hill (2002)

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„It tells you the truth. As for how to read it, you'll have to learn by yourself.“

—  Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy
His Dark Materials, The Golden Compass (1995), Context: "Lyra, I'm going to give you something, and you must promise to keep it private. Will you swear to that?" "Yes," Lyra said. He crossed to the desk and took from a drawer a small package wrapped in black velvet. When he unfolded the cloth, Lyra saw something like a large watch or a small clock: a thick disk of gold and crystal. It might have been a compass or something of the sort. "What is it?" she said. "It's an alethiometer. It's one of only six that were ever made. Lyra, I urge you again: keep it private. It would be better if Mrs. Coulter didn't know about it. Your uncle — " "But what does it do?" "It tells you the truth. As for how to read it, you'll have to learn by yourself. Now go — it's getting lighter — hurry back to your room before anyone sees you." The Master and Lyra, in Ch. 4 : The Alethiometer

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—  Grover Cleveland 22nd and 24th president of the United States 1837 - 1908
Telegram to his friend Charles W. Goodyear (23 July 1884), in response to a query as to what the Democratic Party should say about reports that he fathered a child out of wedlock. As quoted in An Honest President (2000), by H. Paul Jeffers, p. 108.

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