Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 21.
    The truth usually has a slightly ugly look.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 22.
    Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
    (Joseph Roux (1834-1886), French priest, writer. Meditations of a Parish Priest, pt. 1, no. 76 (1886).)
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  • 23.
    Disillusionment is not truth.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 24.
    Truth usually stammers at first.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 25.
    We are all afraid of the truth.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 287, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Ecce Homo, "Why I Am So Clever," section 4 (prepared for publication 1888, published posthumously 1908).)
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  • 26.
    The truths I shun follow me, mumbling.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 27.
    Paradoxes are the only truths.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1910). Tarleton, in Misalliance, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
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  • 28.
    Truth is a necessary phantom.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 29.
    There is no original truth, only original error.
    (Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988).)
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  • 30.
    Great is Truth, and mighty above all things.
    (Apocrypha. 1 Esdras, 4:41. Acclamation following the speech of the bodyguard of King Darius, who proclaimed the power of truth, "the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty of all ages.")
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