Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 61.
    If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.
    (Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 105.)
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  • 62.
    When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.
    (Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 83 (1955).)
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  • 63.
    Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
    (Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Quoted in Plato, Phaedrus, sct. 262.)
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  • 64.
    Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
    (Jean-Luc Godard (b. 1930), French filmmaker, author. Le Petit Soldat (film) (direction and screenplay, 1960).)
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  • 65.
    When one is frightened of the truth ... then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.
    (Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916.)
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  • 66.
    Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," ch. 15, Following the Equator (1897).)
  • 67.
    Truth exists. The sole purpose of this proposition is to assert the existence of truth against imbeciles and sceptics.
    (Edward Herbert Of Cherbury, Lord (1583-1648), British diplomat, philosopher. De Veritate, p. 83, trans. by Meyrick H. Carré, J.W. Arrowsmith, Bristol (1937). Herbert's rejection of skepticism.)
  • 68.
    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).)
  • 69.
    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).)
  • 70.
    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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