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My father once told me that respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.  “Something cannot emerge from nothing,” he said.  This is profound thinking if you understand how unstable the truth can be.
   —  Frank Herbert
From his novel: “Dune
[The lessons we learn from our parents last a lifetime.  In my case, from my single parent.  Happy Birthday to my mother.  Love Always, your son Kevin  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 88
2014 Some One-Liners Are Too Easy
2013 Greatness
2012 Memories Of Arlington
2011 Wake Up

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Believe those who are seeking the truth.  Doubt those who find it.
   —  Andre Gide
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On This Day In:
2014 Guidelines For Bureaucrats
2013 Failing At Normalization
2012 Are You An Expert?
2011 Joy!

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You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
   ―  C.S. Lewis
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On This Day In:
2014 Adaptability Won
2013 Disappeared
2012 Fuller
Life On The Range
More Classics
2011 Stoned Again?
2010 Insubordination… And That’s Why I Love Her!
Losing – Week One

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The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.  You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.
    —  Bob Marley
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On This Day In:
2014 All Agreed, Say “Aye”
2013 Two Books, Two Movies
Just Because
2012 God’s Requirements
2011 Greater Purity

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Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.
  —  Edward R. Murrow
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On This Day In:
2013 Binding
2012 Lift
2011 Another Good Movie, Another Excellent Book
miSFits
I’m Just Not Sure

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This is the character of truth: it is of all time, it is for all men, it has only to show itself to be recognized, and one cannot argue against it.  A long dispute means that both parties are wrong.
  —  Voltaire
From: “Philosophical Dictionary
[This presupposes that both parties are seeking truth.  In philosophy, that may be the case.  In politics, religion and commerce, that is rarely the case.  Rather, opposing sides are seeking to improve (or maintain) the positions of their representative constituencies.  It is rarely the case that a politician will side with the preponderance of truth when it runs against the economic interests of those who support him (or her) financially.  Nor should we ever expect it to be so for more than the briefest of times.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Divergent Roads To Similarity?
2012 In The Process
2011 What Do You Emphasize?

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There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
   ―  Niccolò Machiavelli
From:  “The Prince
Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
    —  Oscar Levant
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On This Day In:
2013 RIP – Dear Abby
Half-Life Problems
2012 To The Soul…
2011 Reverted!!

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Patriotism means to stand by the country.  It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.  It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country.  It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.  In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.
  —  Theodore Roosevelt
(A Republican President known as “The Trust Buster” because he championed the breakup of monopolies.)
[This is the problem I have with the modern “Tea-Party” led Republican Party: they profess patriotism, yet are unable to tell the truth.  The judgment of history will be far kinder to President Obama than it will be to a Tea-Party demented (I mean dominated) GOP.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 30 Days To Go
2011 Altering The Course

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We cannot say whether the emerging world will be mostly “good” or mostly “evil” because the very definitions of these terms will change, and it is not we, but our children and their children who will do the judging, according to their own values.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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On This Day In:
2012 Liar, n.
2011 Freedom To Doubt

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Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
  ―     Dorothy Allison
A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.
  ―     Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2012 I Resolve
2011 Practice, Practice, Practice
2009 Phoenix Trip (July ’09)

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Is is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar.
  —   Jerome K. Jerome
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Obviously Longer

The obscure we see eventually.  The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.
  —  Edward R. Murrow
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If truth were self-evident, eloquence would not be necessary.
  —  Cicero
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