Quotations About / On: TRUTH

  • 41.
    The truth, the absolute truth, is that the chief beauty for the theatre consists in fine bodily proportions.
    (Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). Written in 1923.)
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  • 42.
    The truth is balance, but the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "Simone Weil," Against Interpretation (1966).)
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  • 43.
    Revolutions are notorious for allowing even non- participants—even women!—new scope for telling the truth since they are themselves such massive moments of truth, moments of such massive participation.
    (Selma James (b. 1930), U.S. author, political activist. The Ladies and the Mammies: Jane Austen & Jean Rhys, ch. 1 (1983).)
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  • 44.
    Two left-handed gloves don't make a pair. Two half-truths don't make a truth.
    (Multatuli [Eduard Douwer Dekker] (1820-1887), Dutch writer, civil servant. "Idee 2," The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables of Multatuli (1872), trans. by E. M. Beekman, U of Mass. Press (1974).)
  • 45.
    For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
    (Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Nicomachean Ethics, bk. 1, ch. 6, trans. by Terence Irwin (1985). Often quoted (from the Latin) "Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth." Aristotle, who spent 20 years at Plato's Academy as pupil and teacher, referred to his philosophical colleagues at the Academy as "friends.")
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  • 46.
    If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.
    (Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 105.)
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  • 47.
    When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.
    (Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 83 (1955).)
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  • 48.
    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.)
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  • 49.
    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).)
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  • 50.
    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.)
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