Quotable #52: Force Of Truth


“As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.” — William Hazlitt, Table-talk; Or, Original Essays, 1822


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5 Responses to Quotable #52: Force Of Truth

  1. Abigail says:

    Does he mean to say that by lying, we recognize how important truth is?

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    • The context of this is based on the remark by La Rochefoucauld that “hypocrisy is a tribute vice pays to virtue.”

      La Rochefoucauld said that some people take pains to pretend to be good when they are in front of other people because they recognize the significance of virtue.

      Hazlitt argued that people who lie acknoledge how powerful truth is so they would go to the trouble of lying to prevent others from finding out the truth.


  2. Either that’s a hypocritical lie or self-mutilation is a testament to good health!

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  3. masercot says:

    Seems like a roundabout way to go about it…

    Liked by 2 people

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