We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
— Denis Diderot

We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.
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It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness.
— Robert Menzies

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
— Henry David Thoreau

There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
— bitter truth quotation by Chanakya