Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 51.
    Oedipus Rex shows us Truth the Destroyer.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 52.
    Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.
    (Edith, Lady Summerskill (1901-1980), British Labour politician. Speech, July 14, 1960, to Married Women's Association, House of Commons, London.)
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  • 53.
    Truth, like climate, is common property ...
    (Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. novelist and short story writer. Chapters from a Life, ch. 12 (1897).)
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  • 54.
    Half a truth is better than no politics.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Boy," All Things Considered (1908).)
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  • 55.
    Truth is in things, and not in words.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 93, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
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  • 56.
    All truth is profound.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 41, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).)
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  • 57.
    The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 178, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 58.
    There can be no literary equivalent to truth.
    (Laura Riding (1901-1991), U.S. poet. Extracts from Communications.)
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  • 59.
    Convert life into truth.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981). This is the epigram in the middle of a sentence that reads: "The capital secret of his profession, namely to convert life into truth, he had not learned." Here Emerson is criticizing an unnamed minister who Conrad Wright later convincingly argued to be Barzillai Frost, minister of the Concord Unitarian Church from 1837 to 1857. See Wright's The Liberal Christians (Unitarian Universalist Association, 1970, repr. 1980).)
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  • 60.
    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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