Truth Works Far and Lives Long: Let Us Speak the Truth

In a court of law, when someone is called to testify, they are instructed to raise their right hand, place their left hand on the Bible, and answer the question, “do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God?”. That’s in court, but what about in everyday life? Unfortunately today, the truth is not valued as much as it should be.

“But life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.” – Bible or Not?

It is clear that if you believe in the Bible, then you believe that the truth goes a long way. Even the example above about testifying in court has it origin from the Bible as one of the Ten Commandments: thou shalt not bear false witness, or to use the positive, thou shalt tell the truth. This is also the basis of Jesus’ admonition, “let your yea be yea and your nay be nay“, that we would speak the truth. And didn’t the Apostle Paul tell us to speaks the truth? And more than that: in Ephesians 4:15 he tells us to speak the truth in love.

Yes, the Bible is filled with verses and quotes about speaking the truth. But today’s truth quote is not one of them. It was spoken by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860). Being well-studied in the philosophy of philosophers such as Plato and Kant, Schopenhauer was considered a pessimist about the human condition, and explored and wrote about ways to be liberated from such a painful existence. Here is a good reference to learn more about Arthur Schopenhauer

So his view recognized the brevity of life, and that truth goes a long way in making the most out of life. You might also be interested in other life is short quotes.

 


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