Attribution to Schopenhauer of Three Stages of Truth "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." This quote keeps cropping up in conversation with conspiracy types, and is often incorrectly attributed to Arthur Schopenhauer. The following document examines the history of the quote, and the use of the 'stages of truth' device in detail. https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~shallit/Papers/stages.pdf (attached) Whilst Schopenhauer may be the first person to suggest 'stages of truth' in 1818, the quote in wide circulation appears to have evolved much later.