Quotations About / On:
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1918). Annajanska, in Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
(Jessamyn West (1902-1984), U.S. novelist. To See the Dream, part 1 (1956).)
Old and young disbelieve one another's truths.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook H," aph. 7, Aphorisms (written 1765-99), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
TruthSomething somehow discreditable to someone.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).)
Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.
(Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #65, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
Truth is the glue that holds government together.
(Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Aug. 9, 1974. Public Papers of the Presidents (1974).
On succeeding Richard Nixon as president. Ford had used the words on several previous occasions.)
Truth is always a delusion.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi, pt. I (1952).)
Oedipus Rex shows us Truth the Destroyer.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.
(Edith, Lady Summerskill (1901-1980), British Labour politician. Speech, July 14, 1960, to Married Women's Association, House of Commons, London.)