Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
    (Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), British philosopher. Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead, prologue, ed. Lucien Price (1954).)
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  • 54.
    I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth.
    (Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. author. The preacher Hazel Motes, in Wise Blood, ch. 10 (1952).)
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  • 55.
    Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.
    (Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. Brother William, in The Name of the Rose, "Seventh Day: Night (2)," (1980, trans. 1983).)
  • 56.
    Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.
    (Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. Brother William, in "Seventh Day: Night (2)," The Name of the Rose (1980, trans. 1983).)
  • 57.
    As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth—whatever the truth may be—that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.
    (June Jordan (b. 1936), U.S. poet, essayist, and social critic. On Call, ch. 10 (1985). Written in 1984.)
  • 58.
    Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know. Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse.
    (Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957), British author. Sir Impey Biggs, in Clouds of Witness, ch. 3 (1926).)
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  • 59.
    We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
    (Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. repr. In Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Picasso: Fifty Years of His Art (1946). "Picasso Speaks," The Arts (New York, May 1923).)
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  • 60.
    We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
    (Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. repr. In Alfred H. Barr Jr., Picasso: Fifty Years of His Art (1946). "Picasso Speaks," The Arts (New York, May 1923).)
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