Besides, fictitious narratives lead us to imagine the possibility of many events that are impossible; and even the most faithful histories, if they do not wholly misrepresent matters, or exaggerate their importance to render the account of them more worthy of perusal, omit, at least, almost always the meanest and least striking of the attendant circumstances; hence it happens that the remainder does not represent the truth, and that such as regulate their conduct by examples drawn from this source, are apt to fall into the extravagances of the knight-errants of romance, and to entertain projects that exceed their powers.
Those in whom the faculty of reason is predominant, and who most skillfully dispose their thoughts with a view to render them clear and intelligible, are always the best able to persuade others of the truth of what they lay down, though they should speak only in the language of Lower Brittany, and be wholly ignorant of the rules of rhetoric; and those whose minds are stored with the most agreeable fancies, and who can give expression to them with the greatest embellishment and harmony, are still the best poets, though unacquainted with the art of poetry.
No doubt is expressed by Plato, either in the Timaeus or in any other dialogue, of the truths which he conceives to be the first and highest.
The sensible things are not realities, but shadows only, in relation to the truth.
Countless men have glimpsed that other and truer order of truth
and recoiled from it.
To pass from theological, and philosophical truth
, to the truth
of civil business; it will be acknowledged, even by those that practise it not, that clear, and round dealing, is the honor of man's nature; and that mixture of falsehoods, is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.
By trusting it to the end, it shall ripen into truth
and you shall know why you believe.
It would hardly be correct to say that getting born was the stimulus, and that my reply is a delayed response But in cases of memory this way of speaking would have an element of truth
And cast on them clothes for the cold, for so Truth
pond wouldn't be a bad thing to carry around with us.
That is what I want," said Sancho; "and what I would know, and have you tell me, without adding or leaving out anything, but telling the whole truth
as one expects it to be told, and as it is told, by all who profess arms, as your worship professes them, under the title of knights-errant-"
As little foundation is there for the report that I am a teacher, and take money; this accusation has no more truth
in it than the other.
You say you can't see a reign of goodness and truth
Because there is no other way of guarding oneself from flatterers except letting men understand that to tell you the truth
does not offend you; but when every one may tell you the truth
, respect for you abates.
Sophia seeing his left arm dangling by his side, while he was using the other to lead her, no longer doubted of the truth