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And which, once circling in its placid round,
Not all the tumult of the earth can shake.

LOWELL-A Glance Behind the Curtain. L. 173.

Nuda veritas. (Nudaque veritas.)

The naked truth.
HORACE_Carmina. I. 24. 7.

(See also PENN)



Quid verum atque decens curo et rogo, et omnis in hoc sum.

My cares and my inquiries are for decency and truth, and in this I am wholly occupied. HORACE-Epistles. I. 1. 11.

3 Ridentem dicere verum, Quid vetat.

What forbids a man to speak the truth in a laughing way? HORACE-Satires. I. 24.

Put golden padlocks on Truth's lips, be callous

as ye will, From soul to soul, o'er all the world, leaps one

electric thrill. LOWELL-On the Capture of Certain Fugitive

Slaves near Washington. 15 Then to side with Truth is noble when we share

her wretched crust, Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and 'tis

prosperous to be just; Then it is the brave man chooses, while the

coward stands aside, Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is

crucified. LOWELL-The Present Crisis.


The truth shall make you free.

John. VIII. 32.

5 There is no truth in him.

John. VIII. 44.

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Le contraire des bruits qui courent des affaires ou des personnes est souvent la vérité.

The opposite of what is noised about concerning men and things is often the truth. LA BRUYÈRE-Les Caractères. XII.

Children and fooles speake true.




But there is no veil like light-no adamantine armor against hurt like the truth. GEORGE MACDONALDThe Marquis of Lossie.


La vérité ne fait pas tant de bien dans le monde, que ses apparences y font de mal.

Truth does not do so much good in the world, as the appearance of it does evil. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maximes. 59.



Veritatis absolutus sermo ac semper est simplex.

The language of truth is unadorned and always simple. AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS-Annales. XIV.


Veritatem laborare nimis sæpe, aiunt, extingui nunquam.

It is said that truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished. Live-Annales. XXII. 39.


Pericula veritati sæpe contigua.

Truth is often attended with danger. AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS—Annales. XXVI.




The best way to come to truth being to examine things as really they are, and not to conclude they are, as we fancy of ourselves, or have been taught by others to imagine. LOCKE—Human Understanding. Bk. II. Ch.


Truth, when not sought after, sometimes comes

to light. MENANDER-Ex Verberata. P. 160.


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Not a truth has to art or to science been given, But brows have ached for it, and souls toil'd and

striven; And many have striven, and many have fail'd, And many died, slain by the truth they assail'd. OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Lucile. Pt.

II. Canto VI. St. 1. 23

Who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?



When by night the frogs are croaking, kindle but

a torch's fire; Ha! how soon they all are silent! Thus Truth

silences the liar. FRIEDRICH VON LOGAU. See LONGFELLOW's trans. Poetic Aphorisms. Truth.

(See also HAMILTON)

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Who dares To say that he alone has found the truth? LONGFELLOW-Christus. Pt. III. John Endi

cott. Act II. Sc. 3. 13 Get but the truth once uttered, and 'tis like A star new-born that drops into its place

Ev'n them who kept thy truth so pure of old, When all our fathers worshipp'd stocks and

stones, Forget not.

Muros Sonnet. Massacre in Piedmont





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Die Treue warnt vor drohenden Verbrechen,
Die Rachgier spricht von den begangenen.

Truth warns of threatening crimes,
Malice speaks of those which were committed.
SCHILLER-Don Carlos. III. 4. 124.

Involuta veritas in alto latet.

Truth lies wrapped up and hidden in the depths. SENECA-De Beneficiis. VII. 1.

(See also RABELAIS)
Veritatem dies aperit.

Time discovers truth.
SENECA-De Ira. II. 22.

Veritatis simplex oratio est.

The language of truth is simple.
SENECA-Epistolæ Ad Lucilium. XLIX.

Veritas odit moras.

Truth hates delays.
SENECA-Edipus. 850.


I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Isaac NEWTON-Statement. In BREWSTER

Memoirs. Vol. II. Ch. XXVII.
As children gathering pebbles on the shore.

MILTON-Paradise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 330.

In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.

NIETZSCHEThus spake Zarathustra. We know the truth, not only by the reason, but

also by the heart. PASCALThoughts. Ch. X. 1.

6 Naked Truth needs no shift. WILLIAM PENNTitle of a Broadside. (1674)

(See also HORACE)


That truth should be silent I had almost forgot.

Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 110.


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If circumstances lead me, I will find
Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed
Within the centre.

Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 157.


Mark now, how a plain tale shall put you down.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 281.


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Farewell then, verse, and love, and ev'ry toy,
The rhymes and rattles of the man or boy;
What right, what true, what fit we justly call,
Let this be all my care—for this is all.

POPE-First Book of Horace, Ep. I. L. 17.

Dum omnia quærimus, aliquando ad verum, ubi minime expectavimus, pervenimus.

While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it. QUINTILIANDe Institutione Oratoria. XII.

8. 3.


But'tis strange: And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence.

Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 122.


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But wonder on, till truth make all things plain. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act V. Sc. 1.

L. 129.


Let us seek the solution of these doubts at the bottom of the inexhaustible well, where Heraclitus says that truth is hidden. RABELAISPantagruel. Ch. XVIII. (See also DEMOCRITUS, SENECA, WOLcor)

They breathe truth that breathe their words in pain. Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 8.









I have ever thought, Methinks the truth should live from age to age, Nature doth nothing so great for great men, As 'twere retail'd to all posterity,

As when she's pleas'd to make them lords of Even to the general all-ending day.

truth. Richard III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 76.

Integrity of life is fame's best friend, 2

Which nobly, beyond death, shall crown the end. My man's as true as steel.

JOHN WEBSTERThe Duchess of Malfi. Act Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 209.

V. Sc. 5. Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 166. 3

It is one thing to wish to have truth on our And simple truth miscall'd simplicity,

side, and another to wish sincerely to be on the And captive good attending captain ill.

side of truth. Sonnet LXVI.

ARCHBISHOP WHATELEY—Essay on some of the

Difficulties in the Writings of the Apostle Truth needs no colour, with his colour fixd;

Paul.-No.1. On the Love of Truth. Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;

(See also LINCOLN under GOD) But best is best, if never intermix'd. Sonnet CI.

The sages say, Dame Truth delights to dwell

(Strange Mansion!) in the bottom of a well: When my love swears that she is made of truth, Questions are then the Windlass and the rope I do believe her, though I know she lies.

That pull the grave old Gentlewoman up. Sonnet. CXXXVIII.

JOHN Wolcot (Peter Pindar)—Birthday Ode.

(See also RABELAIS) All great truths begin as blasphemies. BERNARD SHAW—Annajanska.


Truths that wake

To perish never. My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's WORDSWORTH-Ode. Intimations of Immorthe funniest joke in the world.

tality. St. 9. BERNARD SHAW-John Bull's Other Island. 20 Act II.

Truth never was indebted to a lie.

YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VIII. L. 587.
Truth and, by consequence, liberty, will
always be the chief power of honest men.

STAËL Coppet et Weimar.
Letter to Gen. Moreau.

Polianthes Tuberosa
Tell truth, and shame the devil.

The tuberose, with her silvery light, SWIFT_Mary, the Cookmaid's Letter. RABE

That in the gardens of Malay

Is call’d the Mistress of the Night,
LAIS—Works. Author's Prologue to Bk.

So like a bride, scented and bright;

She comes out when the sun's away.
Money. Act IV. Sc. 1. Henry IV. Pt. I.
Sc. 1. L. 59.

MOORE-Lalla Rookh. Light of the Harem. 10 Veritas visu et mora, falsa festinatione et

TULIP incertis valescunt.

Tulipa Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay: falsehood by haste and uncertainty.

You believe TACITUS-Annales. II. 39.

In God, for your part?-ay? that He who makes,
Can make good things from ill things, best

from worst,
Truth-teller was our England's Alfred named?
TENNYSON Ode on the Death of the Duke of They wish them finest.

As men plant tulips upon dunghills when Wellington.

E. B. BROWNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. II. And friendly free discussion calling forth From the fair jewel Truth its latent ray.

And tulips, children love to stretch THOMSON-Liberty. Pt. II. L. 220.

Their fingers down, to feel in each

Its beauty's secret nearer. It takes two to speak the truth one to speak,

E. B. BROWNING-A Flower in a Letter. and another to hear. THOREAU-A Week on the Concord and Mer- 'Mid the sharp, short emerald wheat, scarce rimack Rivers. P. 283.

risen three fingers well,

The wild tulip at end of its tube, blows out its There are truths which are not for all men, great red bell, nor for all times.

Like a thin clear bubble of blood, for the children VOLTAIRELetter to Cardinal de Bernis. to pick and sell. April 23, 1761.

ROBERT BROWNING-Up at a Villa. Down in

the City. St. 6.
There is nothing so powerful as truth; and
often nothing so strange.

The tulip is a courtly quean,
DANIEL WEBSTER–Arguments on the Murder Whom, therefore, I will shun.
of Captain White. Vol.
VI. P. 68.







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