Quotations About / On:
Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
(Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Quoted in Plato, Phaedrus, sct. 262.)
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).)
When one is frightened of the truth ... then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916.)
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," ch. 15, Following the Equator (1897).)
Truth exists. The sole purpose of this proposition is to assert the existence of truth against imbeciles and sceptics.
(Edward Herbert Of Cherbury, Lord (1583-1648), British diplomat, philosopher. De Veritate, p. 83, trans. by Meyrick H. Carré, J.W. Arrowsmith, Bristol (1937).
Herbert's rejection of skepticism.)
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).)
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).)
I don't want to listen; your words sound like the truth but the truth is probably a sin.
(Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Délira in Masters of the Dew, p. 36, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).)
Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears, it is the enemy.
(Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, VI.3.)
Few serve truth in truth because only few have the pure will to be just, and of those again very few have the strength to be just.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, and critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 287, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, p. 33, trans. by Peter Preuss, Indianapolis, Hackett Publishing Company (1980). On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life, section 6 (1874).
Published as the second essay in Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations (1873-1876).)