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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

"If you tell a lie long and loud enough, people will eventually start to believe it" was that really Hitler?

Someone tried to tell me it was Joseph Goebbels.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm not sure, but it probably was Hitler, but what he didn't know is, if you lie long enough, you go insane.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Joseph Goebels:

    "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. 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 is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    (obviously it was said in German...not English so some translations may be slightly different)

  • 1 decade ago

    The complete quote is:

    If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. 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 is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    Joseph Goebbels did say it. Don't sell him short. he was an extremely intelligent man, a brilliant manipulator, and was Hitler's Master of Propaganda. Goebbels's deeply rooted contempt for humanity, his urge to sow confusion, hatred and intoxication, his lust for power and his mastery of the techniques of mass persuasion were given full vent in the election campaigns of 1932, when he played a crucial role in bringing Hitler to the centre of the political stage. He was rewarded on 13 March 1933 with the position of Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, which gave him total control of the communications media - i.e. radio, press, publishing, cinema and the other arts. He retained this position for his lifetime. He was Hitler's right hand man until their deaths. He chose to suicide himself and poison his wife and 6 kids so as to die with Hitler.With characteristic pathos and egomania he declared not long before his death: 'We shall go down in history as the greatest statesmen of all time, or as the greatest criminals.'

    He also said:

    “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”

    Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.”

    “If the day should ever come when we [the Nazis] must go, if some day we are compelled to leave the scene of history, we will slam the door so hard that the universe will shake and mankind will stand back in stupefaction..”

  • 1 decade ago

    It was Goebbels. But call it one of those cases where the quote is so tied into the philosophy of the person it is often attributed to they might as well have said it.

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  • 4 years ago

    Stalin I think that was the founder of the tell a lie long enough people would believe it

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Proof is in the pudding... and by pudding I mean the White House... and what falsehoods are they saying, the media, the largely liberal media, is saying the same things about Obama's plan... In fact the Republicans in the house are not the problem, it's the rank-and-file Democrats that are killing this legislation... Obama's own party thinks this is a bad plan...

  • 1 decade ago

    Not sure who said it, but there are people who are trying to make it work today.

    And one obvious thing is saying "we were helping the people"...to justify anything....that was Hitler....in the name of "doing good for everyone", he killed millions of people.....Mafia leaders have done it for decades....and community organizers.....they do so much "good", while they educate for the extreme left...including communism. Has been going on for years, and it is always the poor and the needy who get fooled. Not much has changed.

  • 7 years ago

    GW Bush also stated something to this effect as well.

  • 7 years ago

    I believe that was Lenin. Lying only exists if you think it does.

  • 7 years ago

    Obama LOL

  • 6 years ago

    NO NO NO..NOT HITLER..

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