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Truth As Viewed By Our Predessors

June 18, 2007

Abraham Lincoln (attributed): You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Albert Einstein:

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.


Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

Alfred North Whitehead:

There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.

Anais Nin:

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

Andre Gide:

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.


Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true. [paraphrased]


Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.

Edward R. Murrow:

Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.

Joan of Arc:

Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth.

Leonardo da Vinci:

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.


As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.


Truth cannot be dictated. Truth can only be dressed in different garments.

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