Truth corresponds to reality or “what is.”
Truth is real.
Truth is also correspondent in nature.
Truth desires to appear; truth longs to become conscious; truth strives to know itself. There is truth in the stone, for the stone is here; and no power in the world, no god, no man, no demon, can destroy its existence.
There is truth in the plant and its life can expand; the plant grows and blossoms and bears fruit. Its beauty is marvelous.
There is truth in the animal; it moves about and perceives its surroundings; it distinguishes and learns to choose.
Truth is not simply whatever works.
Truth is not what makes people feel good.
Truth is not what the majority says is true.Fifty-one percent of a group can reach a wrong conclusion.
Truth is not what is comprehensive.A lengthy, detailed presentation can still result in a false conclusion.
Truth is not defined by what is intended.Good intentions can still be wrong.
Truth is not how we know.Truth is what we know.
Truth is not simply what is believed.A lie believed is still a lie.
Truth is not what is publicly proved.A truth can be privately known (the location of buried treasure).
The Hebrew word for “truth” is emeth, which means “firmness,” “constancy” and “duration.” Such a definition implies an everlasting substance and something that can be relied upon.
Truth is that which corresponds to reality.
Truth is also correspondent in nature.
“Now the only exit to this room is on the right.”For the class that may be facing the teacher, the exit door may be on their left, but it’s absolutely true that the door, for the professor, is on the right.
Truth is that which matches its object.
Truth is simply telling it like it is.
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.—Thomas Aquinas
Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.—Thomas Aquinas
The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.—Thomas Aquinas
Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality.–Thomas Aquinas
"It is the task of the philosopher to make distinctions." —Thomas Aquinas
Is the claim “all truth is relative” a relative truth or an absolute truth?
Why can’t those who say absolute truth exists be correct too?
Is the skeptic skeptical of his own truth claim?If so, then why pay attention to skepticism? If not, then we can be sure of at least one thing (in other words, absolute truth exists)—skepticism, which, ironically, becomes absolute truth in that case.
You can’t know truth.
A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms … truths are illusions … coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins.” Ironically, although the postmodernist holds coins in his hand that are now “mere metal,” he affirms at least one absolute truth: the truth that no truth should be affirmed. Like the other worldviews, postmodernism is self-defeating and cannot stand up under its own claim.—Frederick Nietzsche
Deception, flattering, lying, deluding, talking behind the back, putting up a false front, living in borrowed splendor, wearing a mask, hiding behind convention, playing a role for others and for oneself -- in short, a continuous fluttering around the solitary flame of vanity -- is so much the rule and the law among men that there is almost nothing which is less comprehensible than how an honest and pure drive for truth could have arisen among them. They are deeply immersed in illusions and in dream images; their senses nowhere lead to truth.—Frederick Nietzsche
Can two claims both be true at the same time?
Anyone who believes that the law of non-contradiction is not true should be beaten and burned until they admit that to be beaten and burned is not the same thing as to not be beaten and burned. —Medieval Philosopher AvicennaAlso, note that pluralism says that it is true and anything opposed to it is false, which is a claim that denies its own foundational tenet. The spirit behind pluralism is an open-armed attitude of tolerance. However, pluralism confuses the idea of everyone having equal value with every truth claim being equally valid. More simply, all people may be equal, but not all truth claims are. Pluralism fails to understand the difference between opinion and truth.
Pluralism is desirable and tolerable only in those areas that are matters of taste rather than matters of truth.—Mortimer Adler
It is impossible that the same thing can at the same time both belong and not belong to the same object and in the same respect. In other words, it can't be so and not be so at the same time. —Aristotle
We must understand that, by nature, truth is narrow.Those holding to absolute truth in matters of faith and religion understand that truth, by nature, excludes its opposite.
Is a math teacher narrow-minded for holding to the belief that 2 + 2 only equals 4?
Is it arrogant to claim that someone is right and another person is wrong?
Is it arrogant for a math teacher to insist on only one right answer to an arithmetic problem?
If in sincerity; is it arrogant for a locksmith to say only "one" key will fit the lock?
Truth is immune to sincerity, belief, and desire.Someone who picks up a bottle of poison and sincerely believes it is lemonade will still suffer the unfortunate effects of the poison.
A person may strongly desire that their car has not run out of gas, but if the gauge says the tank is empty and the car will not run any farther, then no desire in the world will miraculously cause the car to keep going.
Those who hold to the notion that only science can claim absolute truth fail to recognize that the very philosophical claim itself cannot be tested by science. And there are those who say that absolute truth does not apply in the area of morality.
Is is moral to torture and murder an innocent child?
Why is it so important to understand and embrace the concept of truth?
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