Thomas Hobbes quote about truth from Leviathan - For True and False are attributes of Speech, not of things. And where Speech in not, there is neither Truth nor Falshood.
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For True and False are attributes of Speech, not of things. And where Speech in not, there is neither Truth nor Falshood.
 Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651). copy citation

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Author Thomas Hobbes
Source Leviathan
Topic truth speech falsehood
Date 1651
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3207/3207-h/3207-h.htm

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“When two Names are joyned together into a Consequence, or Affirmation; as thus, A Man Is A Living Creature; or thus, If He Be A Man, He Is A Living Creature, If the later name Living Creature, signifie all that the former name Man signifieth, then the affirmation, or consequence is True; otherwise False. For True and False are attributes of Speech, not of things. And where Speech in not, there is neither Truth nor Falshood. Errour there may be, as when wee expect that which shall not be; or suspect what has not been: but in neither case can a man be charged with Untruth.
Seeing then that Truth consisteth in the right ordering of names in our affirmations, a man that seeketh precise Truth, had need to remember what every name he uses stands for; and to place it accordingly; or els he will find himselfe entangled in words, as a bird in lime-twiggs; the more he struggles, the more belimed.” source

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