Facts can obscure truth…

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupรฉry (1900 โ€“ 1944)

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 โ€“ 1881)

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 โ€“ 1860)

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.

Maya Angelou (1928 โ€“ 2014)

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Oscar Wilde (1854 โ€“ 1900)

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

C. S. Lewis (1898 โ€“ 1963)

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Winston Churchill (1874 โ€“ 1965)

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 โ€“ 1900)

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

Renรฉ Descartes (1596 โ€“ 1650)

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

Albert Einstein (1879 โ€“ 1955)


I am offline for ~25 hours โ€“ from sunset on Monday to sunset on Tuesday โ€“ for another Jewish holiday (โ€™tis the seasonโ€ฆ). I look forward to reconnecting with you soon!

22 thoughts on “Facts can obscure truth…”

  1. The Maya Angelou quote about facts obscuring truth is too close to today’s Trumpism. It is a poetic statement but is malleable.

  2. An interesting array of opinions. I think a lie is much easier to spot than truth. But I do agree with Maya that facts and truth are not he same thing. (K)

  3. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” That was true then. So what have we learned or discerned about the state of political propaganda, slander, libel and fake news in the age of the Web?

      1. Sorry for the confusion about my identity. I’m Rick and I created Linda’s Place for my wife to help raise some funds for her medical needs. But, in response to your reply, we CAN do something just by triggering conversations like this one. We won’t stop the flood of misinformation, but we can rescue some in out little life boats.

        1. oh, I’m sorry about that, Rick – my bad! please accept my apologies – I’m big on getting people’s names right…

          as for your comment, that’s something that I agree with… and I’d even say that it’s all we really can do!


  4. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” This truth is paralleled by another. The most important assets in life are never listed on an accountant’s balance sheet.

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