„The sole philosophy open to those who doubt the possibility of truth is absolute silence -- even mental.“

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Jacques Maritain4
1882 - 1973

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„I became mentally bifocal, and so I learned early to understand that there is no such condition in human affairs as absolute truth. There is only truth as people see it, and truth, even in fact, may be kaleidoscopic in its variety.“

—  Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973
My Several Worlds (1954), Context: I became mentally bifocal, and so I learned early to understand that there is no such condition in human affairs as absolute truth. There is only truth as people see it, and truth, even in fact, may be kaleidoscopic in its variety. The damage such perception did to me I have felt ever since, although damage may be too dark a word, for it merely meant that I could never belong entirely to one side of any question. To be a Communist would be absurd to me, as absurd as to be entirely anything and equally impossible. I straddled the globe too young. p. 52

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„Trust those who seek the truth but doubt those who say they have found it.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951
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„Sole cure of wrong is silence.“

—  Aeschylus, Agamemnon
Oresteia (458 BC), Agamemnon, Πάλαι τὸ σιγᾶν φάρμακον βλάβης ἔχω. line 548 (tr. E. D. A. Morshead)

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„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.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, livro Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Context: 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. Ch. 29

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„False and doubtful positions, relied upon as unquestionable maxims, keep those who build on them in the dark from truth.“

—  John Locke, livro Ensaio acerca do Entendimento Humano
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689), Context: False and doubtful positions, relied upon as unquestionable maxims, keep those who build on them in the dark from truth. Such are usually the prejudices imbibed from education, party, reverence, fashion, interest, et cetera. Book IV, Ch. 7

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„When a society has doubts about its future, it tends to produce spokesmen whose main appeal is to the emotions, who argue from intuitions, and whose claim to be truth-bearers rests solely on intense personal feeling.“

—  Kenneth Tynan English theatre critic and writer 1927 - 1980
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„Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.“

—  Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia 1892 - 1975
Cited as from an address in Addis Ababa (1963) in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations (1988) http://www.bartleby.com/63/73/1173.html edited by James B. Simpson ISBN 0395430852

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„Science, philosophy, literature and art do not have any value if the ones who are active in these fields keep silence about the executions.“

—  Taraneh Javanbakht Iranian scientist, faculty, poet, translator, playwright and writer 1974
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„Since nothing is absolute, there is no absolute silence, only an appearance of temporary peace.“

—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959
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„There are two kinds of truths: those of reasoning and those of fact. The truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; the truths of fact are contingent and their opposites are possible.“

—  Gottfried Leibniz German mathematician and philosopher 1646 - 1716
The Monadology (1714), Il y a aussi deux sortes de vérités, celles de Raisonnement et celle de Fait. Les vérités de Raisonnement sont nécessaires et leur opposé est impossible, et celles de Fait sont contingentes et leur opposé est possible. La monadologie (33).

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„Who never doubted never half believed
Where doubt there truth is—'t is her shadow.“

—  Philip James Bailey, Festus
Festus (1839), Scene V, A Country Town; comparable to Alfred, Lord Tennyson "There lives more faith in honest doubt / Believe me, than in half the creeds."

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