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Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 71.
    ...I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.
    (Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934), African American author and political activist. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989).)
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  • 72.
    Poe gives the sense for the first time in America, that literature is serious, not a matter of courtesy but of truth.
    (William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. (First published 1925). "In the American Grain," The Recognition of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. E.W. Carlson (1970).)
  • 73.
    If we dealt only with the false and dishonest, we should at last forget how to speak truth.
    (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. 284, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 74.
    Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.
    (Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. The narrator (Isadora Wing), in Fear of Flying, ch. 6 (1973).)
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  • 75.
    Every man finds a sanction for his simplest claims and deeds, in decisions of his own mind, which he calls Truth and Holiness.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Politics," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 76.
    In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.
    (Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. The Favourite Game, bk. 3, ch. 8 (1963).)
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  • 77.
    It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
    (John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Stones of Venice, vol. II, ch. 6 (1853).)
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  • 78.
    Whosoever, in writing a modern history, shall follow truth too near the heels, it may haply strike out his teeth.
    (Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), British author, soldier, explorer. The History of the World, preface (1614). Raleigh's History was banned by James I soon after its publication, precisely because, it was alleged, Raleigh followed too closely the "heels of truth"Maccording to biographer Robert Lacey in Sir Walter Raleigh, ch. 41 (1973), Raleigh "took every opportunity he could in his book to pour scorn on famous sodomites, and James took the point.")
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  • 79.
    The naked truth of it is, I have no shirt; I go woolward for penance.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Armado, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 2, l. 710. Concealing his poverty by claiming he is doing penance, and so wears no linen beneath his outer clothes.)
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  • 80.
    Truth never turns to rebuke falsehood; her own straightforwardness is the severest correction.
    (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. 328, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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