Posts Tagged ‘Honesty’

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”

— George Orwell, Why I Write


(Thanks to T.C. Weber for this one, who’s doing the same damn thing.)


HONEST OPINION, n. 1) A common means of losing friends, usually through an unwise response to the request, “Give me your honest opinion”; 2) The hook at the end of a line trolling for compliments. (thanks to Al Perry for the second definition)

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It is the profound, suspicious fear, an incurable pessimism, which compels whole centuries to fasten their teeth into a religious interpretation of existence … Piety, the “Life in God,” regarded in this light, would appear as the most elaborate and ultimate product of the fear of truth … as the will to inversion of truth, to untruth at any price.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations


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