Untrue Quotes (3 quotes)
I have long since come to see that no one deserves either praise or blame for the ideas that come to him, but only for the actions resulting therefrom. Ideas and beliefs are certainly not voluntary acts. They come to uswe hardly know how or whence, and once they have got possession of us we can not reject or change them at will. It is for the common good that the promulgation of ideas should be freeuninfluenced by either praise or blame, reward or punishment. But the actions which result from our ideas may properly be so treated, because it is only by patient thought and work, that new ideas, if good and true, become adopted and utilized; while, if untrue or if not adequately presented to the world, they are rejected or forgotten.
If many a man did not feel obliged to repeat what is untrue, because he has said it once, the world would have been quite different.
In logic, A asserts and B denies. Assertions being proverbially untrue, the presumption would be in favor of Bs innocence were it not that denials are notoriously false.