"All great truths began as blasphemies."
George Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950) Irish comic dramatist
Annajanska, 1919
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The religous leaders sure hated to hear that the earth wasn't the center of the universe. That was heresy and you could get in BIG trouble for that.
 -- jim k, austin     
    Truth needs no memory, no law, and no religion - it is the one great key to happiness. It stands alone, naked and unadulterated.
     -- RobertSRQ     
    It's dead wrong. Truth is not relative to opinion. What is truth yesterday is truth today and tomorrow. 2 + 2 = 4 This does not ever change. It's an absolute. It's truth.
     -- Patrick@OnlyJesusSaves.com, Saylorsburg     
    I think he means that GREAT TRUTHS are discoveries and a eureka moment. Newton's apple falling from a tree is the seemngly simplest , stupidest discovery of all time but it is a GREAT TRUTH.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    Very true -- and Patrick proves it. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I am sure some truths may fall into this category. But I think that the quote is referring more to discoveries than "truths". The fact that most great discoveries were at first rejected is just part of human nature. Most people do not think or at least try very hard to avoid it. It is much easier to just reject a new idea than to understand it. I am not at all sure this is not a good thing. For every good solid discovery in our history there were probably thousands of false ones. If it were not for our natural skepticism we would have fallen for a lot more con artists than we have. If one discovers something but lacks the fortitude to see it through he must not have been that convinced of his discovery in the first place.
     -- warren, olathe     
    What did the first truth begin as since there was nothing before it to blaspheme against?
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Ken, very sad - from nothing nothing brings - truth has no beginning
     -- RobertSRQ     
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