On truth and lies

“All I can do is tell the truth.  No, that isn’t so–I have missed it.  There is no truth that, in passing through awareness, does not lie.  But one runs after it all the same. […] A certificate tells me I was born.  I repudiate this certificate:  I am not a poet, but a poem.  A poem that is being written, even if it looks like a subject.”

– Jacques Lacan in his preface to the English-language edition of Seminar XI

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