Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 51.
    Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.
    (Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. repr. As Autobiography (1971). Memoirs of my Life, introduction (1796).)
  • 52.
    Eclecticism. Every truth is so true that any truth must be false.
    (F.H. (Francis Herbert) Bradley (1846-1924), British philosopher. Aphorisms, no. 6 (1930).)
  • 53.
    I don't want to listen; your words sound like the truth but the truth is probably a sin.
    (Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Délira in Masters of the Dew, p. 36, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).)
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  • 54.
    Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears, it is the enemy.
    (Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, VI.3.)
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  • 55.
    Few serve truth in truth because only few have the pure will to be just, and of those again very few have the strength to be just.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, and critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 287, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, p. 33, trans. by Peter Preuss, Indianapolis, Hackett Publishing Company (1980). On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life, section 6 (1874). Published as the second essay in Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations (1873-1876).)
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  • 56.
    At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths—your abilities and your failings.
    (Gérard Depardieu (b. 1948), French screen actor. Daily Mail (London, March 4, 1991).)
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  • 57.
    Give me your blessing; truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son may, but in the end truth will out.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Launcelot Gobbo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 2, sc. 2, l. 78-80. Comically acknowledging that he is old Gobbo's son.)
  • 58.
    The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 6 (1836, revised and repr. 1849). Ever since Plato banned poetry from the Republic, statements like this have been controversial, at least in the minds of philosophers. Here, Emerson anticipates the late 20th-century work in philosophy of literature, hermeneutics, and literary theory that seeks to heal the ancient rift between philosophy and poetry.)
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  • 59.
    There is at least one truth to every myth, and it takes one truth to create a lie. Lies can be formed from Truth; however, Truth cannot be formed from lies.
    (Suzy Kassem)
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  • 60.
    Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth—to see it like it is, and tell it like it is—to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth.
    (Richard M. Nixon (1913-1992), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Aug. 9, 1968, Miami. Acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination.)
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