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Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 1.
    An aphorism never coincides with the truth: it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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  • 2.
    The truth, the absolute truth, is that the chief beauty for the theatre consists in fine bodily proportions.
    (Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). Written in 1923.)
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  • 3.
    The truth is balance, but the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "Simone Weil," Against Interpretation (1966).)
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  • 4.
    Two left-handed gloves don't make a pair. Two half-truths don't make a truth.
    (Multatuli [Eduard Douwer Dekker] (1820-1887), Dutch writer, civil servant. "Idee 2," The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables of Multatuli (1872), trans. by E. M. Beekman, U of Mass. Press (1974).)
  • 5.
    Belief in the truth commences with the doubting of all those "truths" we once believed.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 387, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 20, "Truth Will Have No Other Gods Alongside It," (1879).)
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  • 6.
    For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
    (Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Nicomachean Ethics, bk. 1, ch. 6, trans. by Terence Irwin (1985). Often quoted (from the Latin) "Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth." Aristotle, who spent 20 years at Plato's Academy as pupil and teacher, referred to his philosophical colleagues at the Academy as "friends.")
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  • 7.
    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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  • 8.
    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself.
    (Minna Antrim (b. 1861), U.S. epigrammist. Naked Truth and Veiled Allusions, p. 37 (1901).)
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