„Surely it is more interesting to argue about what the truth is, than about what some particular thinker, however great, did or did not think.“
— David Deutsch, livro The Fabric of Reality
The Fabric of Reality (1997)
Fonte: Truth and Truthfulness (2002), p. 16
— David Deutsch, livro The Fabric of Reality
The Fabric of Reality (1997)
— Bernard Williams English moral philosopher 1929 - 2003
Fonte: Truth and Truthfulness (2002), p. 18
— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
1860s, Our Composite Nationality (1869)
Contexto: It is objected to the Chinaman that he is secretive and treacherous, and will not tell the truth when he thinks it for his interest to tell a lie. There may be truth in all this; it sounds very much like the account of man’s heart given in the creeds. If he will not tell the truth, except when it is for his interest to do so, let us make it for his interest to tell the truth. We can do it by applying to him the same principle of justice that we apply to ourselves. But I doubt if the Chinese are more untruthful than other people. At this point I have one certain test. Mankind are not held together by lies. Trust is the foundation of society. Where there is no truth, there can be no trust, and where there is no trust, there can be no society. Where there is society, there is trust, and where there is trust, there is something upon which it is supported. Now a people who have confided in each other for five thousand years; who have extended their empire in all directions until it embraces one-fifth of the population of the globe; who hold important commercial relations with all nations; who are now entering into treaty stipulations with ourselves, and with all the great European powers, cannot be a nation of cheats and liars, but must have some respect for veracity. The very existence of China for so long a period, and her progress in civilization, are proofs of her truthfulness. This is the last objection which should come from those who profess the all-conquering power of the Christian religion. If that religion cannot stand contact with the Chinese, religion or no religion, so much the worse for those who have adopted it. It is the Chinaman, not the Christian, who should be alarmed for his faith. He exposes that faith to great dangers by exposing it to the freer air of America. But shall we send missionaries to the heathen to right to come to us? I think a few honest believers in the teachings of Confucius would be well employed in expounding his doctrines among us.
— Brenda Ueland Journalist and writer 1891 - 1985
Fonte: If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
— Michel Foucault French philosopher 1926 - 1984
Fonte: The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction
— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
The Crosswicks Journal, A Circle of Quiet (1972)
— C. Terry Warner American writer
Fonte: Bonds That Make Us Free: Healing Our Relationships, Coming to Ourselves
— Leo Strauss Classical philosophy specialist and father of neoconservativism 1899 - 1973
Seminar on Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil (1971–1972)
— Robert A. Heinlein, livro Life-Line
Life-Line (p. 16)
Short fiction, The Past Through Tomorrow (1967)
— Jean Rhys, livro Good Morning, Midnight
Fonte: Good Morning, Midnight
— Karl Jaspers German psychiatrist and philosopher 1883 - 1969
Fonte: Nietzsche (1946), pp. 187-188
Contexto: For any community and those living in it, only that is true which can be communicated to all. Hence universal communicability is unconsciously accepted as the source and criterion of those truths that promote life through communal means. Truth is that which our conventional social code accepts as effective in promoting the purposes of the group. … This community will condemn as a “liar” the person who misuses its unconsciously accepted, and therefore valid, metaphors. … Community members are obliged to “lie” in accordance with fixed convention. To put it otherwise, they must be truthful by playing with the conventionally marked dice. To fail to pay in the coin of the realm is to tell forbidden lies, for, on this view, whatever transcends conventional truth is a falsehood. To tell lies of this kind is to sacrifice the world of meanings upon which the endurance of his community rests. Conversely, there are forbidden truths: This same threat to the continuance of the community is also counteracted by relentlessly preventing anyone from thinking and uttering unconventional but authentic truths.
— Ellen G. White American author and founder/leader of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1827 - 1915
The Review and Herald (27 March 1890); also in Counsels for Writers and Editors http://books.google.de/books?id=UEM4uBD04asC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Counsels+to+writers+and+editors&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false (1946), p. 33; also in Evangelism http://books.google.de/books?id=gsy20ga71LEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Ellen+Gould+Harmon+White+Evangelism&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false (1946), p. 296; also in 1888 - The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials (1987), Ch. 64, p. 547.
— Albert Jay Nock American journalist 1870 - 1945
Memoirs of a Superfluous Man (1943)
— C.G. Jung, livro Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle
Fonte: Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle (1960), p. 33
— Robert M. Pirsig, livro Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Fonte: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 29
Contexto: Socrates is not just expounding noble ideas in a vacuum. He is in the middle of a war between those who think truth is absolute and those who think truth is relative. He is fighting that war with everything he has. The Sophists are the enemy.
Now Plato's hatred of the Sophists makes sense. He and Socrates are defending the Immortal Principle of the Cosmologists against what they consider to be the decadence of the Sophists. Truth. Knowledge. That which is independent of what anyone thinks about it. The ideal that Socrates died for. The ideal that Greece alone possesses for the first time in the history of the world. It is still a very fragile thing. It can disappear completely. Plato abhors and damns the Sophists without restraint, not because they are low and immoral people—there are obviously much lower and more immoral people in Greece he completely ignores. He damns them because they threaten mankind's first beginning grasp of the idea of truth. That's what it is all about.
— Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
In Search of a Better World (1984)
Contexto: Our aim as scientists is objective truth; more truth, more interesting truth, more intelligible truth. We cannot reasonably aim at certainty. Once we realize that human knowledge is fallible, we realize also that we can never be completely certain that we have not made a mistake.
— William Jennings Bryan United States Secretary of State 1860 - 1925
God and Evolution (1922)
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
On Seeing Plays (1990).
Contexto: It is mankind's discovery of language which more than any other single thing has separated him from the animal creation. Without language, what concept have we of past or future as separated from the immediate present? Without language, how can we tell anyone what we feel, or what we think? It might be said that until he developed language, man had no soul, for without language how could he reach deep inside himself and discover the truths that are hidden there, or find out what emotions he shared, or did not share, with his fellow men and women. But because this greatest gift of all gifts is in daily use, and is smeared, and battered and trivialized by commonplace associations, we too often forget the splendour of which it is capable, and the pleasures that it can give, from the pen of a master.
— Christine O'Donnell American Tea Party politician and former Republican Party candidate 1969