kino asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”?

I'm quoting this for a history project and i need to know exactly where hitler quoted this

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    You see this quote accredited to Hitler with no source given.

    Hitler wasn't that "quippy".

    That is why he had a brilliant Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.

    Goebbels "quoted" all the time, it was his job ..... not for any particular reason.

    I venture to say that it was Goebbels who came up with the quote as part of his job, but adopted by Hitler.

    That is why you cannot locate a source as to where and when and what purpose Hitler came up with it ... he didn't.

    Here is the ENTIRE Goebbels quote.

    Joseph Goebbels quotes

    "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.”

    Even this quote wasn't origional to Goebbels .

    Several other famous indiviuals have quoted similar statements long before HItler and Goebbels.

    "A lie told often enough becomes truth" - Vladimir Lenin.

    "There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it." - William James (1842-1910) The father of modern Psychology

  • 6 years ago

    It is a paraphrase from Hitlers "book" Min Kemph. translation by James Murphy " All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying".

    Vol 1 Chapter x

  • dewald
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    4 years ago

    Joseph Goebbels Quotes

  • 1 decade ago

    This was Joseph Goebbels his Propaganda Minister.

    He said " A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth"

    This is how governments operate today.

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  • 4 years ago

    Goebbels, not Goering

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