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Quotes: Metaphorically True
aka: Half Truth
"And I will not lie to you
But I definitely only gave you half the truth"
The Kaiser Chiefs, Half the Truth

"A halbe emes iz a gantse lign."
(Half a truth is a whole lie.)
—Yiddish proverb

“A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

“A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies."
Alfred Tennyson

"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them at your leisure."
Mark Twain, From Sea to Sea

The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes, look behind words that have changed their meaning.

Max: You killed him!
Vincent: No, I shot him. The bullets and the fall killed him.

Jedi Exile: Well, lying is lying, even from a "certain point of view."
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2

Obi Wan: What I told you was true...from a certain point of view.
Luke: That's Jedi code for 'I just lied my butt off', isn't it?

“The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then shut up.”

Harry: I've never lied to you, I've always told you some version of the truth.
Erica: The truth doesn't have versions, okay?
Something's Gotta Give

Laura: But... I thought you said you worked in a hotel? How can you afford this?!
Sixx: I said I worked in the hotel business. Which I do. By which I meant I own a few hundred...

In a manner of speaking, yes. In another manner of speaking, which is a rather more precise and accurate manner of speaking, no.
Carrot's father, Discworld: Guards! Guards!

"The only reason Steven was awarded the black belt was because the judge, who was famous for his laziness, fell asleep during Steven’s presentation. The judge just gave him the black belt."
—Miyako Fujitani on Steven Seagal

Luke: Obi-Wan? Why didn't you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father.
Obi-Wan: Your father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.
Luke: "A certain point of view"?
Obi-Wan: Luke, you will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.

alternative title(s): From A Certain Point Of View; Half Truth
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