Saturday, May 23, 2009

Goethe on Truth and Error

The chief thing is for a soul that loves the truth and harbors it where it finds it, and another thing, the truth requires constant repetition because error is being preached about us all the time and not only by isolated individuals, but by the masses--in newspapers and in encyclopedias, in schools and universities, everywhere error rises high and basks in the consciousness of having the majority on its side. -- Johann Wolfgang Goethe in Conversations with Eckermann 1828

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