This is the order of truth
that obtains, not for the universe, but for the live things in it if they for a little space will endure ere they pass.
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.
The old man had listed hundreds of the truths
in his book.
But a truth
, separated by the intellect, is no longer a subject of destiny.
Finally, there is the formal problem of defining truth
and falsehood, and deriving the objective reference of a proposition from the meanings of its component words.
, he says, is the direction of the reason towards the infinite, in which all things repose; and herein lies the secret of man's well-being.
Plato among the Greeks, like Bacon among the moderns, was the first who conceived a method of knowledge, although neither of them always distinguished the bare outline or form from the substance of truth
; and both of them had to be content with an abstraction of science which was not yet realized.
However this be, certain it is that the accident operated very strongly on Sophia; and, indeed, after much enquiry into the matter, I am inclined to believe, that, at this very time, the charming Sophia made no less impression on the heart of Jones; to say truth
, he had for some time become sensible of the irresistible power of her charms.
For I have already reaped from it such fruits that, although I have been accustomed to think lowly enough of myself, and although when I look with the eye of a philosopher at the varied courses and pursuits of mankind at large, I find scarcely one which does not appear in vain and useless, I nevertheless derive the highest satisfaction from the progress I conceive myself to have already made in the search after truth
, and cannot help entertaining such expectations of the future as to believe that if, among the occupations of men as men, there is any one really excellent and important, it is that which I have chosen.
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.
"You say you can't see a reign of goodness and truth
And now I depart hence condemned by you to suffer the penalty of death,--they too go their ways condemned by the truth
to suffer the penalty of villainy and wrong; and I must abide by my award--let them abide by theirs.