Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 11.
    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).)
  • 12.
    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).)
  • 13.
    Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears, it is the enemy.
    (Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, VI.3.)
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  • 14.
    The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 384, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 15.
    Common sense: "Familiarity is the test of truth."
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 16.
    Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.
    (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Yellow Face," The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1892).)
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  • 17.
    ... instinct is the direct connection with truth.
    (Laurette Taylor (1887-1946), U.S. actor. First published in "The Quality You Need Most," Green Book Magazine (April 1914): 556-562. As quoted in Actors on Acting, rev. ed., part 13, by Toby Cole and Helen Krich (1970). Referring to acting.)
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  • 18.
    Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 19.
    Truth never damages a cause that is just.
    (Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian political and spiritual leader. Non-Violence in Peace and War, vol. 2, ch. 162 (1949).)
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  • 20.
    The words of truth are simple.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 162.)
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