Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 31.
    Disillusionment is not truth.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 32.
    Truth usually stammers at first.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    Truth is a necessary phantom.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Maxims are sharp-edged half-truths.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 40.
    Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Friar Claude, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).)
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