I’m very grateful to Michael Ende, author of The Neverending Story, for the surplus of wisdom this marvelous work contains.
“When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.
… Who knows what use they’ll make of you? Maybe you’ll help them to persuade people to buy things they don’t need, or hate things they know nothing about, or hold beliefs that make them easy to handle, or doubt the truths that might save them.”
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story was first published in German in 1979. An English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was published in 1983. The novel was later adapted into several films.