Samuel Butler quote about truth from The Note-Books of Samuel Butler - Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch cold on over-exposure.
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Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch cold on over-exposure.
 Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912). copy citation

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Author Samuel Butler
Source The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
Topic truth hiding fear
Date 1912
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/6173/6173-h/6173-h.htm

Context

“He who can best read men best knows all truth that need concern him; for it is not what the thing is, apart from man's thoughts in respect of it, but how to reach the fairest compromise between men's past and future opinions that is the fittest object of consideration; and this we get by reading men and women. VI Truth should not be absolutely lost sight of, but it should not be talked about. VII Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch cold on over-exposure. VIII The firmest line that can be drawn upon the smoothest paper has still jagged edges if seen through a microscope. This does not matter until important deductions are made on the supposition that there are no jagged edges.” source

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