„When you understand persuasion … the truth is not as useful as it should be …“

—  Scott Adams, Context: When you understand persuasion... the truth is not as useful as it should be... (14:43 of 2:17:44)
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„The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.“

—  Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay British historian and Whig politician 1800 - 1859
On the Athenian Orators http://books.google.com/books?id=qb0OAAAAYAAJ&q="The+object+of+oratory+alone+is+not+truth+but+persuasion"&pg=PA135#v=onepage (August 1824)

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„You must learn all things, both the unshaken heart of persuasive truth, and the opinions of mortals in which there is no true warranty.“

—  Parmenides ancient Greek philosopher -501 - -450 a.C.
Frag B 1.28-30, quoted by Sextus Empiricus, Against the Mathematicians, vii. 3; Simplicius, Commentary on the Heavens, 557-8; Proclus, Commentary on the Timaeus I, 345

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„You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.“

—  Henrik Ibsen Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet 1828 - 1906
Dr. Stockmann, Act V Robert Farquharson translation

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„He who has the truth at his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.“

—  John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice: Volume I. The Foundations
Volume III, chapter II, section 99.

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„To be persuasive, We must be believable,
To be believable, We must be credible,
To be credible, We must be truthful.“

—  Edward R. Murrow Television journalist 1908 - 1965
Context: American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that. Speaking as the Director of USIA, in testimony before a Congressional Committee (May 1963) http://pdaa.publicdiplomacy.org/?page_id=6

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„The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Context: The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. Commencement address, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (11 June 1962) http://millercenter.org/scripps/archive/speeches/detail/3370

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