„Any one who is much talked of, must be much maligned. This seems to be a harsh conclusion; but when you consider how much more given men are to depreciate than to appreciate, you will acknowledge that there is some truth in the saying.“
Fonte: Brevia: Short Essays and Aphorisms. (1871), p. 6
„But I fancy that I hear some (for there will never be wanting men who would rather be eloquent than good) saying "Why then is there so much art devoted to eloquence? Why have you given precepts on rhetorical coloring and the defense of difficult causes, and some even on the acknowledgment of guilt, unless, at times, the force and ingenuity of eloquence overpowers even truth itself? For a good man advocates only good causes, and truth itself supports them sufficiently without the aid of learning."“
— Quintilian ancient Roman rhetor 35 - 96
Book XII, Chapter I, 33; translation by Rev. John Selby Watson
De Institutione Oratoria (c. 95 AD)
Original: (la) Videor mihi audire quosdam (neque enim deerunt umquam qui diserti esse quam boni malint) illa dicentis: "Quid ergo tantum est artis in eloquentia? cur tu de coloribus et difficilium causarum defensione, nonnihil etiam de confessione locutus es, nisi aliquando vis ac facultas dicendi expugnat ipsam veritatem? Bonus enim vir non agit nisi bonas causas, eas porro etiam sine doctrina satis per se tuetur veritas ipsa."
„Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch cold on over-exposure.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part XIX - Truth and Convenience
„How much truth can a spirit bear, how much truth can a spirit dare?… that became for me more and more the real measure of value.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
— Alan Watts, livro The Way of Zen
Fonte: The Way of Zen (1957), p. 29
Contexto: It was a basic Confucian principle that "it is man who makes truth great, not truth which makes man great." For this reason, "humanness" or "human-heartedness" (jen) was always felt to be superior to "righteousness" (i), since man himself is greater than any idea which he may invent. There are times when men's passions are much more trustworthy than their principles.
„Surely no one will consider us lacking in reverence if we say that every one of the "principles of modern salesmanship" on which business men so much pride themselves, are brilliantly exemplified in Jesus' talk and work.“
— Bruce Fairchild Barton, livro The Man Nobody Knows
Fonte: The Man Nobody Knows (1924), Ch. 4 : His Method
„There are some men who are considered quite ugly, but who are more remarkable than pretty people. You often see that in artists.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1900s, Love Among the Artists (1900)
„Women are much more like each other than men: they have, in truth, but two passions, vanity and love; these are their universal characteristics.“
— Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773
19 December 1749
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)
— Lurlene McDaniel American writer 1944
Fonte: Telling Christina Goodbye
„Some men are much better and wiser than others, but experience seems to show that hardly any man is so much better than or wiser than others that he can permanently stand the test of irresponsible power over them.“
— Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse British sociologist 1864 - 1929
Fonte: Liberalism (1911), Chapter IX, The Future Of Liberalism, p. 118.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, livro Ecce homo
Fonte: Ecce Homo
„If we claim only reasonable probability, it will be as much as men who love the truth can ever at any given moment hope to have within their grasp. Pretty surely it will be more than we could have had, if we were unconscious of our liability to err.“
— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
Lectures XIV and XV, "The Value of Saintliness"
1900s, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)
Contexto: Is dogmatic or scholastic theology less doubted in point of fact for claiming, as it does, to be in point of right undoubtable? And if not, what command over truth would this kind of theology really lose if, instead of absolute certainty, she only claimed reasonable probability for her conclusions? If we claim only reasonable probability, it will be as much as men who love the truth can ever at any given moment hope to have within their grasp. Pretty surely it will be more than we could have had, if we were unconscious of our liability to err.
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
„The art of persuasion consists as much in that of pleasing as in that of convincing, so much more are men governed by caprice than by reason!“
— Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662
The Art of Persuasion
„The truth is that art does not teach; it makes you feel, and any teaching that may arise from the feeling is an extra, and must not be stressed too much.“
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
Introduction to Fortune, My Foe and Eros at Breakfast (c. 1993).
Contexto: The truth is that art does not teach; it makes you feel, and any teaching that may arise from the feeling is an extra, and must not be stressed too much. In the modern world, and in Canada as much as anywhere, we are obsessed with the notion that to think is the highest achievement of mankind, but we neglect the fact that thought untouched by feeling is thin, delusive, treacherous stuff.
„Don't forget that few people are likely to tell more than a small part of the truth: no one tells much of the truth, let alone the whole truth. Spoken words are facts in themselves, whether true or false. When people talk they reveal themselves, whether they're lying or telling the truth.“
— Halldór Laxness, livro Kristnihald undir Jökli (bók)
Kristnihald undir Jökli (Under the Glacier/Christianity at Glacier) (1968)
— Cecily von Ziegesar, livro It Had to Be You
Fonte: It Had to Be You