Posts Tagged ‘truth’

Quote of the day, Nov. 6

November 6, 2017

James A. Garfield, on the truth

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2017

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on truth

“Truth is contrary to our nature, not so error, and this for a very simple reason; truth demands that we should recognize ourselves as limited, error flatters us that, in one way or another, we are unlimited.”


Quote of the day, Aug. 14

August 14, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, on the press (letter to John Norvell, 1807)

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, ‘by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.’ Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by it’s abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables. General facts may indeed be collected from them, such as that Europe is now at war, that Bonaparte has been a successful warrior, that he has subjected a great portion of Europe to his will, etc …; but no details can be relied on. I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

Quote of the day, July 31

July 31, 2017

Mark Twain, on the truth

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

Quote of the day, July 2

July 2, 2017

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, on the truth

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”

Quote of the day, June 26

June 26, 2017

Umberto Eco, on reality

“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”

Quote of the day, April 3

April 3, 2017

Horace Walpole, on justice and truth

“Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.”

Quote of the day, March 31

March 31, 2017

Horace Greeley, on the press

“Then hail to the Press! chosen guardian of freedom! Strong sword-arm of justice! bright sunbeam of truth!”

Quote of the day, March 4

March 4, 2017

William Manchester, on research

“Research, of course, is no substitute for wisdom. The sum of a million facts is not the truth.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 7

January 7, 2017

Second Epistle of John 1:2

“For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.”