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Half Truths Quotes


"There are no whole truths: All truths are half-truths." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Maxims are sharp-edged half-truths." - Mason Cooley

"Half-truths are the devil's IOUs." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Partial truths or half-truths are often more insidious than total falsehoods." - Samuel P Huntington

"Half-truths can be more pernicious than outright falsehoods." - Wendy Lesser

"Half-truths are worth more than outright lies." - George R R Martin

"Two half truths do not make a truth." - Arthur Koestler

"Half-truths can be as deceptive as outright lies." - David Limbaugh

"Half truths were a wonderful way to inspire credibility." - David Baldacci

"There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil." - Alfred North Whitehead

"There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays to the devil." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Half-truths are like half a brick - they can be thrown farther." - Hyman Rickover

"Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half- cultures do not make a culture" - Arthur Koestler

"An aphorism is never exactly true; it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths." - Karl Kraus

"An aphorism never coincides with the truth: it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths." - Karl Kraus

"ManBearPig, half man, half bear, half pig" - Al Gore

"Guys, I don't want to tell you half-truths, unless they're completely accurate." - Alain Vigneault

"Aristotle discovered all the half-truths which were necessary to the creation of science." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Wise books For half the truths they hold are honored tombs." - George Eliot

"Two left-handed gloves don't make a pair. Two half-truths don't make a truth." - Multatuli

"Science is always simple and always profound. It is only the half-truths that are dangerous." - George Bernard Shaw

"Life is a system of half-truths and lies, Opportunistic, convenient evasion." - Langston Hughes

"Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths." - Edgar A. Shoaff

"Life is a system of half-truths and lies, Opportunistic, convenient evasion." - Langston Hughes

"I'm half Jewish half WASP." - Lena Dunham

"There was a distinction between lying and telling half-truths, but it was a very narrow one." - Alexander Mccall Smith

"... the habit of literature [is] the best defense against believing the half-truths of ideologues and the lies of demagogues." - Ursula K Le Guin

"Both in verse and in prose [Karl] Shapiro loves, partly out of indignation and partly out of sheer mischievousness, to tell the naked truths or half-truths or quarter-truths that will make anybody's hair stand on end; he is always crying: "But he hasn't any clothes on!" about an emperor who is half the time surprisingly well-dressed." - Randall Jarrell

"I knew I had to keep him to myself, as I'd slowly begun to keep everything. We had secrets now, truths and half-truths, that kept her always at arm's length, behind a closed door, miles away." - Sarah Dessen

"The truths that seem most truthful, if you look at them from all sides, if you look at them close up, turn out to be either half truths or lies." - Mario Vargas Llosa

"Truths kindle light for truths." - Lucretius

"There is little hope for us until we become tough-minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and down-right ignorance." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths." - Eddie Adams

"You must never believe everything they say about a person. Generally speaking, most of it will be lies, half-truths at best." - Kate Atkinson

"Eradication of microbial disease is a will-o'-the-wisp; pursuing it leads into a morass of hazy biological concepts and half truths." - Rene Dubos

"The truth is always a compound of two half- truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say." - Tom Stoppard

"The misdeeds of ordinary men can be buried with them, and their lives described in half-truths that are really half-lies. But not a public man. Particularly not this one." - Anna Quindlen

"History... is an aggregation of truths, half-truths, semi-truths, fables, myths, rumors, prejudices, personal narratives, gossip, and official prevarications. It is a canvas upon which thousands of artists throughout the ages have splashed their conceptions and interpretations of a day and an era. Some motifs are grotesque and some are magnificent." - Philip D. Jordan

"On the eve of the election last month my wife Judith and I were driving home late in the afternoon and turned on the radio for the traffic and weather. What we instantly got was a freak show of political pornography : lies , distortions, and half-truths half-truths being perhaps the blackest of all lies. They paraded before us as informed opinion." - Bill Moyers

"We're half the people; we should be half the Congress." - Jeannette Rankin

"I'm half-Russian, half-Polish, and all Jewish." - Kim Bodnia

"A half-truth is usually less than half of that." - Bernard Williams

"Loving is half of believing." - Victor Hugo

"Never meet trouble half-way." - John Ray

"All truths are bloody truths to me." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The Adlerians, in the name of "individual psychology," take the side of society against the individual. ... Adler's later thought succumbs to the worst of his earlier banalization. It is conventional, practical, and moralistic. "Our science ... is based on common sense." Common sense, the half-truths of a deceitful society, is honored as the honest truths of a frank world." - Alfred Adler

"It is notorious that we speak no more than half-truths in our ordinary conversation, and even a soliloquy is likely to be affected by the apprehension that walls have ears." - Eric Linklater

"The ancient sages never put their teachings in a systematic form. They spoke in paradoxes, for they were afraid of uttering half-truths. They began by talking like fools and ended by making their hearers wise." - Okakura Kakuzo

"One goes to Nature only for hints and half-truths. Her facts are crude until you have absorbed them or translated them ... It is not so much what we see as what the thing seen suggests." - John Burroughs

"It is good to respect old thoughts in the newest books, because the old works in which they stand are not read. New translations of many truths, as of foreign standard works, must be given forth every half-century." - Jean Paul

"Those who don't read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies." - Thomas Jefferson

"We must not always try to plumb the depths of the human heart; the truths it contains are among those that are best seen in half-light or in perspective." - Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

"The Ten Commandments are for lame brains. The first five are solely for the benefit of the priests and the powers that be; the second five are half truths, neither complete nor adequate." - Robert A Heinlein

"Those who do' read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies." - Thomas Jefferson

"Many philosophers in the second half of the 20th century really seemed to think that they were laying the foundations for science by laying down the conceptual (necessary) truths." - Patricia Churchland

"At a time when politics deals in distortions and half truths, truth is to be found in the liberal arts. There's something afoot in this country and you are very much a part of it." - Joyce Carol Oates

"He saw she was lying but it was a brave lie. They talked from their hearts - with the half truths and evasions peculiar to that organ, which has never been famed as an instrument of precision." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Lies and half-truths fall like snow, covering the things that I remember, the things I saw. A landscape, unrecognizable after a snowfall; that is that she has made of my life." - Neil Gaiman

"Everyone knows that a lot of memoirs have made-up scenes; it's obvious. And everyone knows that half the time at least fictions contain literal autobiographical truths. So how do we decide what's what, and does it even matter?" - Lauren Slater

"Sure, the job of high school teachers is not to tear down students' self-esteem. But it's certainly not to inflate students' sense of self-worth with a bunch of unearned compliments and half-truths." - Lz Granderson

"Any education that matters is liberal. All the saving truths, all the healing graces that distinguish a good education from a bad one or a full education from a half empty one are contained in that word." - Alan K Simpson

"Every day we are slathered with the biggest bunk of lies and distortions and half-truths that I can recall. And all the while the American left is doing its best to bring down this country as founded." - Rush Limbaugh

"Falsehoods border on truths." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Accept certain inalienable truths." - Baz Luhrmann

"Music tells no truths." - Philip James Bailey

"Social sorrow loses half its pain." - Samuel Johnson

"A bachelor is only half a man" - Louisa Lawson

"Detroit... where 'mother' is half a word." - Glenn Frey

"There are no half-hearted champions." - John C Maxwell

"Believe me, than in half the creeds." - Alfred Tennyson

"A well begun is half ended." - A C Benson

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." - J R R Tolkien

"O lyric Love, half angel and half bird. And all a wonder and a wild desire." - Robert Browning

"Half the game is mental, the other half is being mental." - Jim McKenny

"I have a lot of ideas that I feel are half-formed, or half-way okay." - Joel Edgerton

"Half of Louisiana is under water and the other half is under indictment." - Billy Tauzin

"I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted." - W C Fields

"A City that parlies is half gotten. [A city that parleys is half gotten.]" - George Herbert

"Dachshund: A half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long." - H L Mencken

"We spend the second half of our life making up for the first half." - Richard Jeni

"Half the people in the world have never made a phone call... half." - William Esrey

"I would rather lose half of our clients than half of our clients' money." - Jean-Marie Eveillard

"Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within." - Alfred Tennyson

"As a screenwriter and a half-Jew, I tend to look at the glass half-empty." - John Francis Daley

"Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art." - William Ralph Inge

"He can't decide whether to leave his visor half open or half closed." - Murray Walker

"My heart is half Puerto Rican, half Canadian. That is how I feel." - Roberto Alomar

"A smart man only believes half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half." - Jeff Cooper

"Men should only believe half of what women say. But which half?" - Jean Giraudoux

"With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go." - Murray Walker

"I'm half Jewish, half Scottish. It's hard for me to buy anything." - David Duchovny

"I grew up half in South Central and half in the San Fernando valley." - Cheech Marin

"Don't give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half." - Bear Bryant

"I spend half my time just living my life, and the other half analyzing it." - David Schwimmer

"Television? The word is half Greek, half Latin. No good can come of it." - C P Scott

"I think you gotta look at stuff half-full as opposed to half-empty." - Pauly Shore

"To me, the glass is always half full, never half empty." - Eddie Money

"After a goalless first half, the score at half time is 0-0." - Brian Moore

"Truths physical have an origin as divine as truths religious." - David Brewster

"Some truths are truths, no matter who says them." - Patricia Briggs

"Paradoxes are the only truths." - George Bernard Shaw

"Don't write slogans, write truths." - Joe Strummer

"Truthless times need timeless truths." - Mark Driscoll

"There are no indisputable truths." - Ozzy Osbourne

"One handles truths like dynamite." - Anais Nin

"We make our own truths and lies....Truths are often lies and lies truths..." - Bernhard Schlink

"Half-caf, double-tall, non fat, whole-milk foam, bone-dry, half-pump mocha, half sugar in the raw, double cup, no lid, capp - to go." - Linda Evangelista

"The insincerity of man-all men are liars, partial or hiders of facts, half tellers of truths, shirks, moral sneaks. When a merely honest man appears he is a comet-his fame is eternal-needs no genius, no talent-mere honesty" - Mark Twain

"Sweep up the debris of decaying faith; Sweep down the cobwebs of worn-out out beliefs, And throw your soul wide open to the light of reason and of knowledge. Be not afraid To thrust aside half-truths and grasp the whole." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"There is a terrible blindness in the love that wants only to accommodate. It's not only to do with omissions and half-truths. It implants a lack of being in the speaker and robs the self of an identity without which it is impossible for one to grow close to another." - Alexander Theroux

"One reason nearly half my books are for children is the glorious fact that the minds of children are still open to the living word; in the child, nightside and sunside are not yet separated; fantasy contains truths which cannot be stated in terms of proof." - Madeleine L'Engle

"The tragic reality is that there have been occasions when [Mormon] Church leaders, teachers, and writers have not told the truth they knew about difficulties of the Mormon past, but have offered to the Saints instead a mixture of platitudes, half-truths, omissions, and plausible denials." - D. Michael Quinn

"There is little hope for us until we become tough-minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of soft mindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce soft minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The value of a work of art cannot ultimately turn on the more or less of its subservience to ideology; for painting can be grandly subservient to the half-truths of the moment, doggedly servile, and yet be no less intense." - T. J. Clark

"The polls demonstrate that 50 percent of Americans who get their news from TV think Saddam Hussein was behind the Twin Towers attack. Man, have they got ways for getting half-truths out right away now, thanks to TV! I think TV is a calamity in a democracy." - Kurt Vonnegut

"This was the truest warrior That ever buckled sword; This the most gifted poet That ever breathed a word; And never earth's philosopher Traced with his golden pen On the deathless page truths half so sage As he wrote down for men." - Cecil Frances Alexander

"Facts are subversive. Subversive of the claims made by democratically elected leaders as well as dictators, by biographers and autobiographers, spies and heroes, torturers and post-modernists. Subversive of lies, half-truths, myths; of all those "easy speeches that comfort cruel men." - Timothy Garton Ash

"In 2004, I wrote 'What We've Lost,' a book about the Bush administration. It sold only reasonably well, in part, I think, because the book was a horrific downer, an unrelenting account of the administration's actions, bungles, deceptions, half-truths, untruths, and downright corruptions." - Graydon Carter

"You don't need a digital David Petraeus or a President Bush avatar to distract you from the truth. You don't need to wait decades to have disinformation beamed into your head. You just need a constant stream of misleading information, half truths, and fictions to be promoted, pushed, and peddled until they are accepted as fact." - Nick Turse

"To ask the proper question is half of knowing" - Roger Bacon

"Half is done when the beginning is done." - Horace

"I got half-a-dozen paintings from that shattered plate." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"A bachelor, in my opinion, is only half alive." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Who sees the other half of Self, sees Truth." - Anne Cameron

"In a good marriage each is the others better half." - Alfred Hitchcock

"Half of the people in the world are below average." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"I eat the same foods but half the quantity." - Myleene Klass

"Theres nothing half so pleasant as coming home again." - Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

"Half of democracy is about just showing up." - Ralph Nader

"In half an hour, I'll know more than you do." - Alfred Delp

"His finest hour lasted a minute and a half." - Phyllis Diller

"Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges." - Scott Hamilton

"If I wanted, I could have ruled half of Bombay." - Dev Anand

"Attack is only one half of the art of boxing." - Georges Carpentier

"Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory." - Miguel De Cervantes

"I love being one half of a romantic couple." - Julianna Margulies

"A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved." - Dorothea Brande

"I taught sixth grade for three and a half years." - Ed Bradley

"Nobody wants to see a half-finished Vine." - Maisie Williams

"I like to look at the glass half full." - Abdallah II

"What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Half the lies our opponents tell about us are untrue." - Boyle Roche

"I'm getting sick and tired of doing anything half-way." - Knute Rockne

"I've written a couple screenplays and half-finished plays." - Christopher Meloni

"Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe." - John Milton

"I'm too old to do things by half." - Lou Reed

"One half who graduate from college never read another book." - G M Trevelyan

"A life lived in fear is a life half lived." - Baz Luhrmann

"America is the best half-educated country in the world." - Nicholas M Butler

"Seems like half my anxiety dreams are about airports." - Lois Mcmaster Bujold



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