— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„Advised a young diplomat "to tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound his enemies."“
„In a climate of confusion, one of the surest ways of confounding the enemy is to tell him the plain truth.“
— Gordon R. Dickson Canadian-American science fiction writer 1923 - 2001
Chapter 5 (p. 36)
— Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
15 February 1788
„The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.“
— Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
„Somehow his grandfather had wrought an honorable and glamorous life from the sea. But that era was gone. The system was dying. Advising a young man to join the United States Merchant Marine was like advising him to go into vaudeville.“
— James K. Morrow (1947-) science fiction author 1947
Chapter 2, “Priest” (p. 44)
„If he will not tell the truth, except when it is for his interest to do so, let us make it for his interest to tell the truth. We can do it by applying to him the same principle of justice that we apply to ourselves“
— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
Context: It is objected to the Chinaman that he is secretive and treacherous, and will not tell the truth when he thinks it for his interest to tell a lie. There may be truth in all this; it sounds very much like the account of man’s heart given in the creeds. If he will not tell the truth, except when it is for his interest to do so, let us make it for his interest to tell the truth. We can do it by applying to him the same principle of justice that we apply to ourselves. But I doubt if the Chinese are more untruthful than other people. At this point I have one certain test. Mankind are not held together by lies. Trust is the foundation of society. Where there is no truth, there can be no trust, and where there is no trust, there can be no society. Where there is society, there is trust, and where there is trust, there is something upon which it is supported. Now a people who have confided in each other for five thousand years; who have extended their empire in all directions until it embraces one-fifth of the population of the globe; who hold important commercial relations with all nations; who are now entering into treaty stipulations with ourselves, and with all the great European powers, cannot be a nation of cheats and liars, but must have some respect for veracity. The very existence of China for so long a period, and her progress in civilization, are proofs of her truthfulness. This is the last objection which should come from those who profess the all-conquering power of the Christian religion. If that religion cannot stand contact with the Chinese, religion or no religion, so much the worse for those who have adopted it. It is the Chinaman, not the Christian, who should be alarmed for his faith. He exposes that faith to great dangers by exposing it to the freer air of America. But shall we send missionaries to the heathen to right to come to us? I think a few honest believers in the teachings of Confucius would be well employed in expounding his doctrines among us.
„The task of the educator of young children lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.“
— Maria Montessori Italian pedagogue, philosopher and physician 1870 - 1952
Attributed in The Encarta Book of Quotations (2000), edited by Bill Swainson, p. 662. "In the vivid description of the Gospel, it would seem that we must help the Christ hidden in every poor man, in every prisioner, in every sufferer. But if we paraphrased the marvelous scene and applied it to the child, we should find that Christ goes to help all men in the form of the child." The Secret of Childhood, p. 106.
— Francis of Assisi Catholic saint and founder of the Franciscan Order 1182 - 1226
Context: Hail, queen wisdom! May the Lord save thee with thy sister holy pure simplicity! O Lady, holy poverty, may the Lord save thee with thy sister holy humility! O Lady, holy charity, may the Lord save thee with thy sister holy obedience! O all ye most holy virtues, may the Lord, from whom you proceed and come, save you! There is absolutely no man in the whole world who can possess one among you unless he first die. He who possesses one and does not offend the others, possesses all; and he who offends one, possesses none and offends all; and every one [of them] confounds vices and sins. Holy wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickednesses. Pure holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh. Holy poverty confounds cupidity and avarice and the cares of this world. Holy humility confounds pride and all the men of this world and all things that are in the world. Holy charity confounds all diabolical and fleshly temptations and all fleshly fears. Holy obedience confounds all bodily and fleshly desires and keeps the body mortified to the obedience of the spirit and to the obedience of one's brother and makes a man subject to all the men of this world and not to men alone, but also to all beasts and wild animals, so that they may do with him whatsoever they will, in so far as it may be granted to them from above by the Lord.
„But he was not the man to go about telling his neighbors that he was in error. And so people said he had no respect for the gods of the clan. His enemies said that his good fortune had gone to his head.“
— Chinua Achebe Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic 1930 - 2013
Chapter 4 (p. 32)
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 до н.э.
— Anastacia American singer-songwriter 1968