Half Truth Quotes

Half Truth Quotes by Multatuli, Graydon Carter, George Bernard Shaw, Alexander McCall Smith, Eric Hoffer, Ursula K. Le Guin and many others.

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Two left-handed gloves don’t make a pair. Two half-truths don’t make a truth.
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
Science is always simple and always profound. It is only the half-truths that are dangerous.
George Bernard Shaw
There was a distinction between lying and telling half-truths, but it was a very narrow one.
Alexander McCall Smith
Add a few drops of venom to a half truth and you have an absolute truth.
Eric Hoffer
… the habit of literature [is] the best defense against believing the half-truths of ideologues and the lies of demagogues.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Individual human beings are all tools, that the others use to help us all survive.” “That’s a lie.” “No. It’s just a half truth. You can worry about the other half after we win this war.
Orson Scott Card
Half-truths are worth more than outright lies.
George R. R. Martin
Living out one’s faith is either no way to live or the only way to live; it’s either imprisonment, or the only path to freedom. It offers happiness, or it frustrates the pursuit. There is no half-love, half-religion, half-worship, half-belief, half-truth. There is no kinda-sorta.
Tarek Saab
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
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
It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie.
Austin O’Malley
[…] it is generally accepted that the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery. That, at best, is a half-truth. Slavery was an issue, but the primary force for war was a clash between the economic interests of the North and the South. Even the issue of slavery itself was based on economics.
G. Edward Griffin
Half truths were a wonderful way to inspire credibility.
David Baldacci
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
A half truth is the worst of all lies,because it can be defended in partiality.
He [said of one or other eminent colleagues] is a very busy man, and half of what he publishes is true, but I don’t know which half.
Erwin Chargaff
Common sense, the half-truths of a deceitful society, is honored as the honest truths of a frank world.
Russell Jacoby
Life is a system of half-truths and lies, Opportunistic, convenient evasion.
Langston Hughes
A half-truth does more mischief than a whole lie.
Ivan Panin
An aphorism is never exactly true; it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths.
Karl Kraus
Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half- cultures do not make a culture
Arthur Koestler
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
Between the two poles of whole-truth and half-truth is slung the chancy hammock in which we all rock.
Shana Alexander
A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth.
J. I. Packer
Guys, I don’t want to tell you half-truths, unless they’re completely accurate.
Alain Vigneault
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
A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.
Mark Twain
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
Two half truths do not make a truth.
Arthur Koestler
Half-truths can be more pernicious than outright falsehoods.
Wendy Lesser
There are no whole truths: All truths are half-truths.
Alfred North Whitehead
An epigram is a half-truth so stated as to irritate the person who believes the other half.
Shailer Mathews
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Charles Spurgeon
Half-truths are like half a brick – they can be thrown farther.
Hyman Rickover
The purpose of satire has been rightly stated as to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cosy half truth, and our job, as I see it, is to put it back again!
Michael Flanders
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
The world has long observed that small acts of immorality, if repeated, will destroy character. It is equally manifest, though never said, that uttering nonsense and half-truth without cease ends by destroying Intellect
Jacques Barzun
The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
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
It is either a half-truth or a truth and a half.
Karl Kraus
You must never believe everything they say about a person. Generally speaking, most of it will be lies, half-truths at best.
Kate Atkinson
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.
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
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
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
A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better.
Stephen Leacock