"The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it."
Remy De Gourmont
(1858-1915) French Symbolist poet, novelist, and influential critic
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The more terrible thing about the quest for truth is NOT finding it. Especially because it's so obvious. Paul again offers a counter-point: "But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power, and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. It's been said: "Photography is 90% seeing the picture and 10% taking it. If you can't see---you can't take it."
 -- Ron, Westcliffe, CO     
    If only Ron could see outside his fundamentalist box, he might understand this quote.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    E. that one is on top of my list. Ron, I'm sorry, but you are way off base with Paul's (possible) quote. How dare anyone presume superiority over another by a belief system; and any God that sends one to eternal damnation and makes them suffer pain for all time is no God I wish to know - in actual fact I would rise up and do battle with such a God. By the way, I presume you are making a metaphoric statement when you say "...If you can't see---you can't take it" or was it meant only for those that can see? Lastly, if it's that obvious why doesn't God just come down and tell us - surely that would do away with any notion of nature's natural exquisite beauty.
     -- RobertSRQ     
    The most terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you just might not find it, even when it is right in front of your nose. Willfully disregarding the truth while convincing yourself that you seek it.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that most try to hide it. Most here wouldn’t know truth if it hit them between the eyes.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Who are you going to believe: the Truth or your own eyes?
     -- Holly Cantus, McLean, VA     
    Hmm, much more likely: the thing found during such a search is a suitably edited, personally acceptable facsimile thereof.
     -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
    I'm not quite sure how to rate this quote with stars. The term or word 'truth' can be used as an abstract construct (a term of art) or an absolute (at law). The most ancient of Hebrew doctrines even used truth as a tangible or one of those elements that made up the focus of their worship. (-; of course, the application did not always flow from the foundation; corporeal man has more focused on the created word rather than the Creator / Word - the creation being greater than the Creator) The quote's term of art use would suggest truth is a bad or hurtful thing or maybe, that truth would condemn the seeker ?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    To know thyself is not always pretty. Aletheia, truth in all its fullness and scope.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
     -- Mechel, New York      
    I think this quote simply implies how the world lives so deeply in the matrix that when the truth is revealed it is a nightmare for the person to except and even more so the world doesn't want to live the truth because it's been living a lie all it's life and in their dilutional mind the lie is much more for filling then living in truth. Everyone sees a different lie, every one sees a different truth in conclusion it only matters for the individual what we reap is what we sow and to dust we will return.
     -- Mechel, New York     
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    This quote is the discovery of a boy. The man grows more prosperous with the truth and so is motivated to attain the truth.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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