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If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State.
This is cited by many, many sources. However, the site False Nazi Quotations argues that this is a false attribution. Who is correct? Did Goebbels ever actually say this? The above quotation appears on a rapidly growing number of Internet pages. Init was on about a dozen pages; by mid, it was 14, In mid-Octoberthe total was 47,; on April 1,it reachedBy December 1,the total surpassedIf one allows for partial quotations or minor variations, the figures are even higher.
Forty thousand pages attribute it to "Joseph M. As best as we can determine, Goebbels never said it. Proving a negative is impossible, but we have read a wide range of Goebbels's writings and speeches without finding the quotation.
The quotation also appears on over Internet sites in German, sometimes with the note "retranslated from English," and sometimes with the wrong middle initial.
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If so, when? Ask Question. Asked 5 years ago. Active 5 years ago. Viewed 5k times. One of the most famous so-called quotation attributed to Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels is: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe Untitled - Billy Nasty - Love Of Life, Nov 94. I've heard that quote attributed to many people.
It's quite likely they all used a version of it, at some point. The title and the body appear to be asking completely different questions. Please fix this. Both question and body are actually questioning the same passage.
Not sure why the OP wouldn't include the full quote. I've inserted it, though the OP's own source already provided a good answer. There's no ambiguity. There's no evidence Goebbels ever said any such thing. Someone made it up probably attributing to Goebbels for the sake of an argument.
Because it is catchy, it spread like wildfire, like many other misattributed quotes. Who knows? It's some random anonymous person. Though, I'd speculate it's probably a case of reductio ad Hitlerumi. Quoting: The above quotation appears on a rapidly growing number of Internet pages. Uri Granta Uri Granta 1, 9 9 silver badges 19 19 bronze badges. The professors wrongly make it sound like Goebbels was only recently associated with this quoted.
DavePhD Interesting and a strange omission, I agree. The focus Its A Sin To Tell A Lie - Various - The Winners! - Down Beat International Critics Poll 1960 the article appears to be the bolded part about truth becoming the enemy of the Statewhich does appear to be a modern creation.
I think Trio For Piano, Violin And Cello No.4 In E Minor Dumky, Op.90 - Jascha Heifetz - The Complete Ster when the supposed quote started to appear on the internet, the first sentence wasn't part of it.
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