"The truth that makes men free is for the most part
the truth which men prefer not to hear."
Herbert Sebastien Agar
(1897-1980) American journalist and historian, editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
The Time for Greatness, 1942
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Because with truth comes responsibility. People don't seem to want that either.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The truth that makes men free is the truth they are blind to - the truth that men wish to hear is the truth they want to hear. Your heart and conscience are the arbiters of truth.
     -- RobertSRQ     
    The truth is that almost everything that happens to us, every circumstance we find ourselves in is our own fault and is the result of choices we've made in our lives. That's not a message I like to hear, but it's a message I need to hear.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    In the past 2-3 years, I reached the conclusions that no one can seek the truth on any subject until they doubt that they have it. In fact, it is impossible to seek the truth when you believe that you already have it and this is one of the world's greatest problems. Another great problem is th zeal with which too many defend their deception.
     -- Dave Wilber, St. Louis     
    Telling the truth is hard when you have something to lose should it become known.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    The truth that makes men free is the truth that is denied them by those that profit from keeping them under tyranny.
     -- warren, olathe     
    A friend of mine added the following, "..or to tell.." when we were discussing "how much truth to give to someone"...
     -- Linda, Chicago, IL     
    The shackles that bind us are the lies we tell ourselves and our actions that reflect not who we are, but what we want other people to think we are.
     -- Jim, Quincy, CA     
    This aphorism badly needs examples. In the comments only example and its a good one is from Ken, of Allyn WA. Thank you Ken.
     -- Walter Clark, Fullerton CA     
    The truth is two edged. Right on point Archer. Liars and thieves. Those on the hill have a lot to loose. And in other places also ! Let God be true but every man a liar. To avoid the deception put on the armor of light. Be honest ! Honesty to stand with the, humility to walk with the.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
    Some of those truths would be a hard core work ethic, non-participation in government hand outs, and personal responsibility.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    So true, so true. Mike.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
     -- jim k, Austin      
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