Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 5 months ago

Please explain this quote?

"Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being."

12 Answers

  • 5 months ago

    I have before me a mostly black pin.

    The pin is mostly turquoise? False.

    The pin is mostly red? False.

    The pin is mostly black? True.

    The pin is mostly orange? False.

    The pin is mostly green? False.

    And so on.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Tolstoy said All \happy families are happy in the same way, but all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way.

    • Anonymous5 months agoReport

      Not true. All families are happy and unhappy by degree.

  • 5 months ago

    It just means there's a lot more ways to BS a thing than see it as it really is.

  • 5 months ago

    We can come to the truth that someone "chosen one" out of infinite falsehood.

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  • 5 months ago

    How many errors, a thousand times more dangerous than the truth is useful, does one not have to get past to reach the truth? The disadvantage is clear, for what is false is susceptible to an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one form of being. Besides, who is seeking it in full sincerity? Even with the greatest good will, by what marks does one recognize it for certain? In this crowd of different feelings, what will be our criterium to judge it properly (6)? And the most difficult point of all: if by luck we do end up finding the truth, who among us will know how to make good use of it?

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    That's a quote of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which may reflect his penchant for a simplified golden age (e.g., he promulgated the notion of primitive idyllic savages, when in fact per anthropological research, the early humans were quite "savage."

    J-J's early life was complex, confused, and complicated by "civilization;" his mother died before Jean-Jacques was 2 weeks old; his father fled, to avoid imprisonment, when J-J was 10; at 13 he was deemed unfit for any vocation save watch repair/making; at 16, he found himself locked out of the city by its closed-for-the-night gates, and decided to find a simpler, happier life. He worked at a series of jobs, most of which he disliked, including, at 33, as secretary to a diplomat; he encountered the deceptions of "civilized" life, and then married his young, motherly maid, who was faithful to him, attending his passing on, even though he assigned their children to a care center for abandoned children, even as Jean-Jacques Rousseau was abandoned. Losses replaced, patterns repeating, and a childlike belief in man's golden age innocence.

    Thus, like Kierkegaard, Rousseau kept the one good focus or ideal as a way of holiness, and, like Dante, found civilization and its discontents to be a many-layered and not too splendid matrix of confusion.

    In Minkowski-Einstein relativity theory, the only invariant frame of reference is that perspective which is 90 degrees perpendicular to the event; all others shift as relative frames. Rather than Rousseau's dour falsity, it may be more correct to note that there is a lie at every level, and distortion helps enslave mankind.


    The Path of the Higher Self;

    Light Is a Living Spirit.

  • 5 months ago

    as many combinations as the comparison

    the truth does not need to be compared

  • 5 months ago

    Lies can range from complete untruth up to 'white lies' told for a good purpose and half-truths which are like most 'fake news'.

    Truth on the other hand, once verified, remains the truth and there are no shades of grey in it.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Theres all sorts of ways a person can lie, but if theyre telling the way things truely happened, theres only one way they can say it

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    lies can be anything but the truth will always be one thing

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