It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths
to himself, called it his truth
, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth
he embraced became a falsehood.
As every word uttered by Natty Bumppo was not to be received as rigid truth
, we took the liberty of putting the "Horican" into his mouth, as the substitute for "Lake George.
It is the truth
that she snatched him from mad excesses which must have ended in his early death.
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.
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.
And a further reason for caution, in this respect, might be drawn from the reflection that we are not always sure that those who advocate the truth
are influenced by purer principles than their antagonists.
It is part of the martyrdom which I endure for the cause of the Truth
that there are seasons of mental weakness, when Cubes and Spheres flit away into the background of scarce-possible existences; when the Land of Three Dimensions seems almost as visionary as the Land of One or None; nay, when even this hard wall that bars me from my freedom, these very tablets on which I am writing, and all the substantial realities of Flatland itself, appear no better than the offspring of a diseased imagination, or the baseless fabric of a dream.
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.
But howsoever these things are thus in men's depraved judgments, and affections, yet truth
, which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the inquiry of truth
, which is the love-making, or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth
, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth
, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature.
You say you can't see a reign of goodness and truth
And as soon as the tone of her voice had died out, and the surprise faded from his mind, he found himself believing that she had spoken the truth
, for he had but little vanity, and soon her refusal seemed a natural thing to him.
He was intoxicated with the discovery he had made that the truth
was beyond invention, but he did not know what to do with the truth
in art after he had found it in life, and to this day the English mostly do not.