but are not true;
Initially truth is bitter, but in turn it is sweet at the end. Untruth, on the other hand, is a little sweet at the beginning, but in turn very bitter at the end.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
“What are you writing?” the Rebbe asked.“Stories,” I said.He wanted to know what kind of stories: true stories. “About people you have knew?”Yes, about people I might have known.“About things that happened?”Yes, about things that happened or could have happened.“But they did not?”No, not all of them did. In fact, some were invented from almost the beginning to almost the end.The Rebbe leaned forward as if to measure me up and said with more sorrow than anger: “That means that you are writing lies!”I did not answer immediately. The scolded child within me had nothing to say in his defense. Yet, I had to justify myself.“Things are not that simple, Rebbe. Some events do take place but are not true; other are ~ although they never occurred.” ~ Elie Wiesel, Legends of Our Time, Schocken Books, New York, 1982, introduction, p. viii.
There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.