Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 71.
    Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Billy Budd, Sailor (c. 1889), ch. 28, eds. Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (1962).)
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  • 72.
    He who cannot exaggerate is not qualified to utter truth.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Thomas Carlyle and His Works" (1847), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 353, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 73.
    To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. La Légende des siècles, preface (1859).)
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  • 74.
    The most distinct and beautiful statement of any truth must take at last the mathematical form.
    (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. 386, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 75.
    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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  • 76.
    A stated truth loses its grace, but a repeated error appears insipid and ridiculous.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Materials for the History of the Theory of Color, sect. 6, Newton's Personality (1810).)
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  • 77.
    It takes two to speak the truth,—one to speak, and another to hear.
    (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. 283, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 78.
    Exaggerated history is poetry, and truth referred to a new standard.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Thomas Carlyle and His Works" (1847), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 353, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 79.
    Wit has truth in it ... wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
    (Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. author and humorist. As quoted in The Late Mrs. Dorothy Parker, ch. 9, by Leslie Frewin (1986). Parker was reputed to be the wittiest woman of her time.)
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  • 80.
    The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.
    (Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "On Painting," The Cubist Painters (1913).)
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