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There is truth in wine proverbial saying, mid 16th century; meaning that a person who is drunk is more likely to speak the truth. The saying is found earlier in Latin as in vino veritas, and in classical Greek (attributed to the lyric poet Alcaeus, c. 620–580 bc). (Compare when the wine is in, the wit is out.)

Truth and Reconciliation Commission a commission set up by a South African Parliamentary Act on 26 July 1995 to investigate claims of abuses during the Apartheid era.

truth is stranger than fiction proverbial saying, early 19th century, implying that no invention can be as remarkable as what may actually happen; originally with reference to Byron's Don Juan (1823), ‘Truth is always strange, Stranger than fiction.’ (Compare fact is stranger than fiction.)

truth is the first casualty of war proverbial saying, early 20th century; the originator is sometimes said to have been Hiram Johnson, addressing the US Senate in 1918, but it does not occur in the record of the relevant speech.

truth lies at the bottom of a well proverbial saying, mid 16th century, sometimes used to imply that the truth of a situation can be hard to find. In earlier classical sources, the saying ‘we know nothing certainly, for truth lies in the deep’ is attributed to Democritus, and ‘truth lies sunk in a well’ is attributed to the 3rd–4th century Latin author Lactantius.

truth makes the Devil blush saying recorded from the mid 20th century; perhaps a variant of tell the truth and shame the Devil.

the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth the absolute truth, without concealment or addition; part of the formula of the oath taken by witnesses in court.

truth will out proverbial saying, mid 15th century; meaning that in the end what has really happened will become apparent. (Compare murder will out.)

what is truth? in biblical allusion, often with reference to the account in John 18:38 of the examination of Jesus by Pilate, when ‘Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?’

See also children and fools tell the truth, four noble truths, the greater the truth, half the truth, moment of truth, the naked truth, tell the truth.

Subjects: Philosophy — Religion.


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