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 'eternal truths' of which metaphysicians speak have hardly ever lasted more than a generation.
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
. In an habitual memory, the event remembered was clearly an essential part of the stimulus to the formation of the habit.
And cast on them clothes for the cold, for so Truth
pond wouldn't be a bad thing to carry around with us." But he put on his coat and started with the others in search of some one to direct them on their way.
"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-"
And although some of you may think that I am joking, I declare that I will tell you the entire truth
. Men of Athens, this reputation of mine has come of a certain sort of wisdom which I possess.
Therefore a wise prince ought to hold a third course by choosing the wise men in his state, and giving to them only the liberty of speaking the truth
to him, and then only of those things of which he inquires, and of none others; but he ought to question them upon everything, and listen to their opinions, and afterwards form his own conclusions.
That there is a truth
higher than experience, of which the mind bears witness to herself, is a conviction which in our own generation has been enthusiastically asserted, and is perhaps gaining ground.
Sophia seeing his left arm dangling by his side, while he was using the other to lead her, no longer doubted of the truth
. She now grew much paler than her fears for herself had made her before.