Truth is a mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

In Friedrich Nietzsche's 1873 unpublished essay, "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense", he famously says:

"What is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms—in short, a sum of human relations which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that this is what they are; metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins. (translation from Walter Kaufmann's The Portable Nietzsche)

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