"The real searcher after truth
will not receive the old because it is old,
or reject the new because it is new.
He will not believe men because they are dead,
or contradict them because they are alive.
With him an utterance is worth the truth, the reason it contains,
without the slightest regard to the author.
He may have been a king or serf -- a philosopher or servant, --
but the utterance neither gains nor loses in truth or reason.
Its value is absolutely independent of the fame or station
of the man who gave it to the world."
Robert G. Ingersoll
(1833-1899) American lawyer, Civil War veteran, political leader, orator of United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought, nicknamed "The Great Agnostic"
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Funny this is someone defended the use of one of my quotations or a few here and there.
 -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), Coastal Lwr Mainland BC(State of Neo Sumer), U.S. of Eh!     
    Another truth from Ingersoll. The sense of words are not responsible for the source.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    The truth is the truth is the truth -- whether we ever tell it or not.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The age of truth is irrelevant, truth is truth (A is A), new or old.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    That is the Real Truth. It should be able to shine by itself - irrespective of the 'recognized' status of the source - Text or Person.
     -- Vedapushpa, Bangalore- India     
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    Instead of a "king" in this quote, you can substitute the word " president". Oh, I forgot, Barry was elected king, at least he thinks so.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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