Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 61.
    I'm not a judge. I'm a witness to the truth. So when I'm telling you the truth, I'm not judging you. I'm just... uhm, telling you the truth.
    (For people who accuse Christians of judgmentalism.)
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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).)
  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    "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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
    (John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. The Reason of Church Government, Introduction to bk. 2 (1642).)
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