All the different languages, set alongside one another, show that when it comes to words, truth—full and adequate expression—is never what matters; otherwise there wouldn’t be so many languages. The “thing in itself” (which would be, precisely, pure truth without consequences) is utterly unintelligible, even for the creator of a language, and certainly nothing to strive for, for he designates only the relations of things to human beings and helps himself to the boldest metaphors.
— Friedrich Nietzche