Silently a flower blooms, In silence it falls away; Yet here now, at this moment, at this place, The world of the flower, the whole of the world is blooming. This is the talk of the flower, the truth of the blossom: The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.
Japanese Buddhist monk (1894-1974)
By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.
Japanese author (1925-1970)
In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth.
Chinese Confucian philosopher (c.310–after 238 BCE)
Well, the first thing is that truth and power for me form an antithesis, an antagonism, which will hardly ever be resolved. I can define in fact, can simplify the history of human society, the evolution of human society, as a contest between power and freedom.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is.
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as nothing happened.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
Laws just or unjust may govern men's actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life.
... man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.