In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility… since [the common people] themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.
So in other words, the bigger the lie, the more apt people are to believe it, simply because we all really want to trust, to give the benefit of the doubt. We can’t believe anyone would really be so audacious as to tell huge, blatant lies, especially someone in power. Even when presented with the truth, we think there must be some mistake.
It’s a powerful truth, and one that this man used masterfully. Who said it? Adolf Hitler, in his autobiography Mein Kampf.