Timothy Snyder On Truth

548C685C-E259-432F-9F96-30E5E409E3AE.jpegTimothy Snyder (August 18, 1969 -)

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism…Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience… You submit to tyranny when you renounce the difference between what you want to hear and what is actually the case… Accepting Post-truth is pre-fascism, and to abandon facts is to abandon freedom.

Henry Louis Mencken On Truth

6F73D6E0-EB11-4320-81A0-4CA575F815C8.jpegHenry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956)

As for me, I am never absolutely certain that I am right, and for the plain reason that I am never absolutely certain that anything is true. It may seem to me to be true but I may be quite unable to imagine any proof of its falsity – but that is simply saying that my imagination is limited, not that the proposition itself is immovably sound. Some other man, better-born than I, or drinking better liquor, may disprove it tomorrow. And if not tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow, or maybe next week or next year. I know of no so-called truth that quite escapes this possibility. Anything is conceivable in a world so irrational as this one.

 

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche On Truth

   Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche   (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900)

What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding. Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions — they are metaphors that have become worn out and have been drained of sensuous force, coins which have lost their embossing and are now considered as metal and no longer as coins.