Today’s quote comes from Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister (1940 to 1945, and 1951 to 1955), prolific author, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1953), and one of the greatest orators of the 20th century.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
The Right Honorable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
(b. 11.30.1874 – d. 1.24.1965)
I found this quote to be particularly provocative from many perspectives:
- The frequency of the encounter – Churchill suggests that we encounter truth only occasionally.
- The serendipitous nature of the encounter – Churchill suggests that truth is “stumbled upon.”
- Our unawareness of the encounter – Churchill suggests that we often don’t recognize truth when we see it.
Is truth so elusive?
Perhaps it’s not that truth is so elusive, but that we spend little energy in seeking Truth.