Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 31.
    Maxims are sharp-edged half-truths.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 32.
    Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Friar Claude, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).)
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  • 33.
    Nothing is higher than the love of truth.
    (Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (c. 348-405), Roman poet. Peristephanon, X, 388.)
  • 34.
    On every parable you ride to every truth.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 231, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 183, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Third Part, "The Return Home," (1884).)
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  • 35.
    All great truths begin as blasphemies.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1918). Annajanska, in Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
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  • 36.
    Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
    (Jessamyn West (1902-1984), U.S. novelist. To See the Dream, part 1 (1956).)
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  • 37.
    Old and young disbelieve one another's truths.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 38.
    The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 7, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
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  • 39.
    Truth—Something somehow discreditable to someone.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 40.
    Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.
    (Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #65, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
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