There are no whole truths. All truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
-Alfred North Whitehead
A half truth is a whole lie.
Perhaps I'm just having a hard time Googling the right keywords. But isn't there a quote about truth being preferable to lies - something like:
I'll take a painful truth delivered with care over a lie told with apathy.
Which is a thing I strongly believe. So if I can take credit for that quote, I will. But it just seems that it should exist in some form similar to that.
I can accept painful truth and grow from it. It may not be fun. It certainly will be an emotional negative, but the truth is something I can work out some way to deal with.
Lies eventually take a lot more work, for the teller and for the receiver. Which brings up another one that I'll take credit for if someone smarter than me has not already expressed it better:
It is harder to forgive a friend for a lie than it is to forgive them for the truth.
When people ask "Can I be honest with you?" I say "Bring it on!"
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.