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The Effectual Truth. “There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect” - Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince.

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the effectual truth

The Effectual Truth

“There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect”

-Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

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“The mind of man is capable of anything—because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. What was there after all? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, valour, rage—who can tell?—but truth—truth stripped stripped of its cloak of time… He must meet that truth with his own true stuff—with his own inborn strength. Principles? Principles won’t do… No; you want deliberate belief” Conrad, Heart of Darkness, p. 2354

why might we reject truth
Why might we reject truth?
  • “To keep the eyes so long on one thing was too much for human patience” -Conrad, Heart of Darkness, 2356
  • “Everything you’re sure is right can be wrong in another place”

-Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible, 505

“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant, says my friend Emily Dickinson. And really what choice do I have? I am a crooked little person, obsessed with balance”

-Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible, 407

“He was just the kind of man who would wish to preserve appearances. That was his restraint”

-Conrad, Heart of Darkness, 2359

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The Effectual Truth

Marlow’s experiences upon returning home:

- “I felt so sure they could not possibly know the things I knew”

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  • “The heavens do not fall for such a trifle”

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the courage of truth
The courage of truth

Brene Brown on Vulnerability

“If such is the form of ultimate wisdom, then life is a greater riddle than some of us think it to be… I found with humiliation that probably I would have nothing to say. That is the reason why I affirm that Kurtz was a remarkable man. He had something to say. He said it”

-Conrad, Heart of Darkness, 2380