IN SEARCH OF TRUTH

As I look back I become less certain of this thing called Truth. Truth has always been the target, yet at best there are tiny glimpses of partial truth. Perhaps those who believe they have arrived have mistaken the signpost for the journey. Those who berate others for gazing at different signposts are yet to realise the task ahead…  Bill Peddie

The following are some observations from those I count as perceptive travellers in the search.
I never dreamed of being Shakespeare or Goethe, and I never expected to hold the great mirror of truth up before the world; I dreamed only of being a little pocket mirror, the sort that a woman can carry in her purse; one that reflects small blemishes, and some great beauties, when held close enough to the heart. ~Peter Altenberg

Truth breeds hatred. ~Bias of Priene, Maxims
When I tell any truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do. ~William Blake
If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth we must still march on. ~Stopford Brooke
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. ~Denis Diderot
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please – you can never have both. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am of the Buddhists. The great Teacher comes periodically. He is followed by pupils who corrupt the texts and then a new Buddha must be born to re-ëstablish the truth. ~Martin H. Fischer
Truth is rarely writ in ink; it lives in nature. ~Martin H. Fischer
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. ~Attributed to James A. Garfield
The greatest truths are the simplest: so likewise are the greatest men. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
It will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth. ~Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy
Truth is the breath of life to human society. It is the food of the immortal spirit. Yet a single word of it may kill a man as suddenly as a drop of prussic acid. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. ~Aldous Huxley

The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths. ~William James

…Science and mathematics
Run parallel to reality, they symbolize it, they squint at it,
They never touch it: consider what an explosion
Would rock the bones of men into little white fragments and unsky the world
If any mind for a moment touch truth.
~Robinson Jeffers, “The Silent Shepherds,” The Beginning & the End

Truth, like milk, arrives in the dark
But even so, wise dogs don’t bark.
Only mongrels make it hard
For the milkman to come up the yard.
~Christopher Morley, Dogs Don’t Bark at the Milkman

Truth is after all a moving target
Hairs to split,
And pieces that don’t fit
How can anybody be enlightened?
Truth is after all so poorly lit.
~Neil Peart, Turn the Page
(Thank you, Ryan)

My truths do not last long in me. Not as long as those that are not mine. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

People always think something’s all true. ~J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
All great truths begin as blasphemies. ~George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska, 1919

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives… by make-believe. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. ~Leo Tolstoy

The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple. ~Rebecca West

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One Response to IN SEARCH OF TRUTH

  1. Andrew says:

    Wonderful collection, Bill!

    I’ve had a difficult relationship with truth. Sometimes I swear I am staring right at it. Then next I know I awake with nothing but expectations and not enough blankets. Sometimes I think I am dancing with it, only to then catch a glance of myself alone in the mirror, tripping over my own shoes.

    Sigh. 🙂

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