— Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969
„Like 'real', 'free' is only used to rule out the suggestion of some or all of its recognized antitheses. As 'truth' is not a name of a characteristic of assertions, so 'freedom' is not a name for a characteristic of actions, but the name of a dimension in which actions are assessed.“
— J. L. Austin English philosopher 1911 - 1960
„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
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.
— Walter Hilton English Augustinian mystic. 1340 - 1396
Book II, ch. 20 (p. 153)
— H. G. Wells English writer 1866 - 1946
Ch. 21: The Reversion of the Beast Folk
— Cao Xueqin Chinese writer during the Qing dynasty 1724 - 1763
— Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935
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).
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
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