Truth, facts, beliefs

A fact is just a belief that you have some attachment to keeping. (Harry Palmer)

Men willingly believe what they wish. (Julius Caesar, in De Bello Gallico)

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. (Winston Churchill)

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. (Edith Sitwell)

I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible. (Oscar Wilde, in The Picture of Dorian Gray)

The fact that something is far-fetched is no reason why it should not be true; it cannot be as far-fetched as the fact that something exists. (Celia Green)

Reality consists of the experiences we believe are real. What is real may or may not be the same for everyone. (Harry Palmer)

Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science. (Henry David Thoreau)

The beliefs you truly hold, the ones you’ve decided to believe, your faith, will cause you to create or attract the experiences which will verify them. When you change your beliefs, your experiences will change. (Harry Palmer)

All philosophies are mental fabrications. There has never been a single doctrine by which one could enter the true essence of things. (Nagarjuna)

A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it. (Oscar Wilde, in Phrases and Philosophies for the use of the Young)

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. (Pema Chödrön)

The fact that stares one in the face is that people of the greatest sincerity and of all levels of intelligence differ and have always differed in their religious beliefs. Since at most one faith can be true, it follows that human beings are extremely liable to believe firmly and honestly in something untrue in the field of revealed religion. One would have expected this obvious fact to lead to some humility, to some thought that however deep one’s faith, one may conceivably be mistaken. (Hermann Bondi)

It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees. (Arab proverb)


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