"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."
Aldous Huxley
(1894-1963) English writer, novelist, philosopher
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The Truth shall set you free....is the proper ending for this statement. To say that a truth will make you mad is likely in some instances BUT the Truth should ALWAYS set you free.....weather it makes you mad or not.
 -- Me Again     
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    "Wake up, Neo!" You are unaware of the truth. The truth is the government is telling you 2+2=5, and you believe it.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    The truth may not always be nice... But it is always the truth! Except in the case of a politician... He, She or Shim wouldn't know the truth if it smacked he, she or it in the face!
     -- ray, graysville oh     
    How arrogant to tell one of our greatest science fiction minds what he should or should not say. Shame on you! The truth often makes me mad - and free. The two are not mutualy exclusive.
     -- Anonymous     
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    "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!!"
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Is the denial of, the existence of truth, the one unforgivable sin?
     -- James, C.Ht, San Jose, CA     
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    If you're not angry as hell, you're not paying attention.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    ;-) I like it, - fairly creative (-; of course truth doesn't always make us mad, nor should it but, under the subject matter's focus, it is a cleaver little spin.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I like the quote. Huxley is correct. Truth arrousing anger are the crown jewels of martyrdom.
     -- Peggy S. Goldtrap, Ormond Beach FL     
    People of all cultures love stories and fantasy. Americans are particularly enamored with Utopian illusions. From the moment we are born in this world we are awakening to it. The truth is not always chosen over our desires -- this often leads us down paths of delusion. Our awakening process does not stop at 12, 21, or 30 years of age -- in fact it is harder to 'discover' truth at older ages because we have already decided what we want it to be. Great truths are often accompanied with cement raining from the sky. Such is the search for truth, and it is the destroyer of illusion. The lies we tell ourselves are the ones that bind us until we are ready to accept the truth. Yes, the truth will set you free, but it may also piss you off because of the price paid for so long for such a delusion.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Logan's quote from the 1976 film Network hits the mark right-on... Kafka would be proud
     -- RobertSRQ     
    Indeed most people would prefer to not hear the truth or they would go mad and could not sleep at night. It would prompt them to act, buy alas we are all sedated with flouride or whatever it is they sprinkle in the contrails in the sky. I do think that fantasy is preferred over the truth. Let the next generation worry about it. And yes, it makes me mad as hell that people are not hearing and processing what they hear. Play the devil's advocate and you shall be aware.
     -- Judith, Corrales     
    I guess this is just like saying "ignorance is bliss"!
     -- JBP, Florida     
    I love Aldous Huxley. Read Brave New World. It's awesome.
     -- O. Delusional Liberal     
     -- carolyn      
    Don't think that is really an Aldous Huxley quote. You can check out the Wikiquote page of him and you won't find it. It must have been misquoted and I think it doesn't have much quality anyways
     -- J, 123123     
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    Herman Melville, Mariner and Mystic
    By Raymond Melbourne Weaver
    New York, NY: George H. Doran Company
    Pg. 26:
    Thou shalt know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. To the eye of truth, so Melville would convince us, “the palsied universe lies before us as a leper;” “all deified Nature absolutely paints like a harlot, whose allurements cover nothing but the charnal house within.”
     -- R.K., Beaver Twp     
    This is the earliest mention of Huxley I've found, and it's sort of second-hand.

    The Christian Century
    Volume 45
    Pg. 823:
    The realistic literary school of our day focusing its gaze on the sordid side of human nature, expresses, through a spokesman, Mr. Aldous Huxley, its conviction by saying, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”

     -- R.K., Beaver Twp     
    You will know the truth, and it make you mature.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    Correction: You shall know the truth, and it will make you mature.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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