Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 51.
    The only people who treasure systems are those whom the whole truth evades, who want to catch it by the tail. A system is just like truth's tail, but the truth is like a lizard. It will leave the tail in your hand and escape; it knows that it will soon grow another tail.
    (Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, January 3, 1857, to Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).)
  • 52.
    Truth is used to vitalize a statement rather than devitalize it. Truth implies more than a simple statement of fact. "I don't have any whisky," may be a fact but it is not a truth.
    (William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Adding Machine, "On Coincidence," (1985).)
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  • 53.
    If one reads a newspaper only for information, one does not learn the truth, not even the truth about the paper. The truth is that the newspaper is not a statement of contents but the contents themselves; and more than that, it is an instigator.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In In These Great Times: A Karl Kraus Reader, ed. Harry Zohn (1976). "In These Great Times," Die Fackel (Vienna, Dec. 1914). speech, Nov. 19, 1914, Vienna.)
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  • 54.
    "If our minds could get hold of one abstract truth, they would be immortal so far as that truth is concerned. My trouble is to find out how we can get hold of the truth at all."
    (Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. George Strong in Esther, p. 320, Library of America (1983).)
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  • 55.
    There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing. A truth is something that everybody can be shown to know and to have known, as people say, all along.
    (Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), U.S. author, critic. repr. In On the Contrary (1961). "The Vita Activa," New Yorker (Oct. 18, 1958).)
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  • 56.
    Profundity often goes past the issue to some deep but useless truth.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 57.
    Truth can remain silent. Lies must be spoken.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 58.
    The mouth may lie, alright, but the face it makes nonetheless tells the truth.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 101, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 166 (1886).)
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  • 59.
    Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.
    (Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. The Journals of Soren Kierkegaard: A Selection, no. 432, 1843 entry, ed. and trans. by Alexander Dru (1938).)
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  • 60.
    Truth: It should not be absolutely lost sight of but it should not be talked about.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 253, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
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