„And took for truth the test of ridicule.“

Book viii, "The Sisters".
Tales of the Hall (1819)

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George Crabbe
britischer Dichter 1754 - 1832

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„It is commonly said, and more particularly by Lord Shaftesbury, that ridicule is the best test of truth.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773

6 February 1752
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

H.L. Mencken Foto

„The final test of truth is ridicule. Very few dogmas have ever faced it and survived.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

"On Truth" in Damn! A Book of Calumny (1918), p. 53
1910s
Kontext: The final test of truth is ridicule. Very few dogmas have ever faced it and survived. Huxley laughed the devils out of the Gadarene swine. Not the laws of the United States but the mother-in-law joke brought the Mormons to surrender. Not the horror of it but the absurdity of it killed the doctrine of infant damnation. But the razor edge of ridicule is turned by the tough hide of truth. How loudly the barber-surgeons laughed at Huxley—and how vainly! What clown ever brought down the house like Galileo? Or Columbus? Or Darwin?... They are laughing at Nietzsche yet...

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„We have oftener than once endeavoured to attach some meaning to that aphorism, vulgarly imputed to Shaftesbury, which however we can find nowhere in his works, that "ridicule is the test of truth."“

—  Thomas Carlyle, buch Characteristics

Voltaire, Foreign Review, (1829); compare: "How comes it to pass, then, that we appear such cowards in reasoning, and are so afraid to stand the test of ridicule?", Shaftesbury, Characteristics. A Letter concerning Enthusiasm, sect. 2.; "Truth, 't is supposed, may bear all lights; and one of those principal lights or natural mediums by which things are to be viewed in order to a thorough recognition is ridicule itself", Shaftesbury, Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humour, sect. 1.; "'T was the saying of an ancient sage [Gorgias Leontinus, apud Aristotle's "Rhetoric," lib. iii. c. 18], that humour was the only test of gravity, and gravity of humour. For a subject which would not bear raillery was suspicious; and a jest which would not bear a serious examination was certainly false wit", ibid. sect. 5.
1820s, Critical and Miscellaneous Essays (1827–1855)

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H.L. Mencken Foto

„But the razor edge of ridicule is turned by the tough hide of truth.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

"On Truth" in Damn! A Book of Calumny (1918), p. 53
1910s
Kontext: The final test of truth is ridicule. Very few dogmas have ever faced it and survived. Huxley laughed the devils out of the Gadarene swine. Not the laws of the United States but the mother-in-law joke brought the Mormons to surrender. Not the horror of it but the absurdity of it killed the doctrine of infant damnation. But the razor edge of ridicule is turned by the tough hide of truth. How loudly the barber-surgeons laughed at Huxley—and how vainly! What clown ever brought down the house like Galileo? Or Columbus? Or Darwin?... They are laughing at Nietzsche yet...

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„How comes it to pass then, that we appear such Cowards in reasoning, and are so afraid to stand the Test of Ridicule?“

—  Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury English politician and Earl 1671 - 1713

Vol. 1, p. 11; "A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm".
Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times (1711)

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„It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed.“

—  Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965

Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics
Kontext: It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.

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„Ethical axioms are founded and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

"The Laws of Science and the Laws of Ethics" (1950)
1950s, Out of My Later Years (1950)

Raymond Chandler Foto

„The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.“

—  Raymond Chandler Novelist, screenwriter 1888 - 1959

"Great Thought" (19 February 1938), published in The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler (1976)
Kontext: There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art, science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science, art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.

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Woody Allen Foto

„I took a test in Existentialism. I left all the answers blank and got 100.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

Michelle Obama Foto

„Barack has lead by example. When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya, we took a public HIV test—for the very point of showing folks in Kenya that there is nothing to be embarrassed about in getting tested.“

—  Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964

Speech to the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee in New York City (June 2008), quoted in "Did Michelle say Barack born in Kenya?" http://www.wnd.com/2010/04/136769/ by Jerome R. Corsi, WND.com (5 April 2010). Michelle says Barack's Home country is Kenya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBJihJBePcs (YouTube video)
2000s

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„Lessing, the most honest of theoretical men, dared to say that he took greater delight in the quest for truth than in the truth itself.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, buch Die Geburt der Tragödie aus dem Geiste der Musik

Darum hat Lessing, der ehrlichste theoretische Mensch, es auszusprechen gewagt, dass ihm mehr am Suchen der Wahrheit als an ihr selbst gelegen sei...
Quelle: The Birth of Tragedy (1872), p. 73

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„He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs“

—  Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947

laughter
Recorded audio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2f13f2awK4, speaking about a man, on trial for raping a 12 year old girl, whom she was appointed to defend. Quoted at Frontpage Mag http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/234515/former-12-year-old-rape-victim-hillary-clinton-daniel-greenfield and ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/06/hillary-clinton-dogged-by-1975-rape-case. Audio recording at: Free Beacon http://freebeacon.com/politics/audio-hillary-clinton-speaks-of-defense-of-child-rapist-in-newly-unearthed-tapes.
1980s

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„Habit with him was all the test of truth,
It must be right: I’ve done it from my youth.“

—  George Crabbe English poet, surgeon, and clergyman 1754 - 1832

The Borough (1810), Letter iii, "The Vicar", line 138.

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