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Assorted quotes which hit at a truth undeniable. Or don’t.

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, & breeds reptiles of the mind.
— William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790) [online]

Art is a lie which tells the truth.
— paraphrase of Pablo Picasso (“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know how to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”), in Marius de Zayas, “Picasso Speaks”, The Arts, New York, May 1923, pp. 315-26; reprinted in Alfred Barr, Picasso (New York, 1946), pp. 270-1 [online]

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but rather, ‘… that’s funny…’.
— Unknown, but widely attributed to Isaac Asimov; see alt.books.isaac-asimov

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