Quotes with false
If you learn one thing from having lived through decades of changing views, it is that all predictions are necessarily false.
As quoted in "Honored literary scholar M.H. Abrams continues his labors (of love)" in The Cornell Chronicle (June 10, 1999).
History, n. an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
The Devil's Dictionary
The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
The humanities of business in this age have become more important than the techniques of business. Each business and industry has to sweep the public misunderstandings and the false notions off its own front walk. Thus will a pathway be cleared for popular appreciation of the important rule of business in our freedom and in our way of life.
Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of the world all things are weighed by the false scale of custom.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward errors is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
The Descent of Man
I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
To laugh often and much: To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.
This quote belongs to Bessie Anderson Stanley, What is success? (1904), and it is incorrectly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and other other authors. Look under Bessie Anderson Stanley for the entire poem and more details about the poem.
True ideas are those that we can assimilate, validate, corroborate, and verify. False ideas are those that we cannot. That is the practical difference it makes to us to have true ideas; that therefore is the meaning of truth, for it is all that truth is known as.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
It is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false.
The American Mercury (May 1926)
The historian’s first duties are sacrilege and the mocking of false gods. They are his indispensable instruments for establishing truth.
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we are sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in....
The Rosy Crucifixion I : Sexus (1949)
False history gets made all day, any day, the truth of the new is never on the news
What makes false reckoning, as regards gratitude, is that the pride of the giver and the receiver cannot agree as to the value of the benefit.
I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will — and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.
This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
Those dreams that on the silent night intrude, and with false flitting shapes our minds delude ... are mere productions of the brain. And fools consult interpreters in vain.