quote by Avicenna

Medicine deals with the states of health and disease in the human body. It is a truism of philosophy that a complete knowledge of a thing can only be obtained by elucidating its causes and antecedents, provided, of course, such causes exist. In medicine it is, therefore, necessary that causes of both health and disease should be determined.

— Avicenna

Bashful Truism quotations

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.


It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creeds into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off forever.

And it has become a kind of a truism in the study of creativity that you can't be creating anything with less than 10 years of technical knowledge immersion in a particular field.

Excellence does not come easily or quickly-- an excellent education does not, a successful mission does not, a strong, loving marriage does not, rewarding personal relationships do not. It is simply a truism that nothing very valuable can come without significant sacrifice, effort, and patience on our part.


Doubt is a profound and effective spiritual motivation.

Without doubt, no truism is transcended, no new knowledge found, no expansion of the imagination possible. Doubt is unsettling to the ego and those who are drawn to ideologies that promise the dispelling of doubt by preferring certainties never grow.

It is a truism to say that the dog is largely what his master makes of him: he can be savage and dangerous, untrustworthy, cringing and fearful; or he can be faithful and loyal, courageous and the best of companions and allies.

Everybody wants peace. That's a truism. There is no point in accomplishing through war what you can accomplish through peace.

It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.

India is more than a sum of its contradictions, any truism about India can be contradicted with another truism. There is no fixed stereotype. But even thinking about India makes clear the immensity of the nation-building challenge.


It is a general truism of this world that anything long divided will surely unite, and anything long united will surely divide.

The name Bowie just appealed to me when I was younger.

I was into a kind of heavy philosophy thing when I was 16 years old, and I wanted a truism about cutting through the lies and all that.

The interests of Oregon for today and in the future must be protected from the grasping wastrels of the land. We must respect another truism - that unlimited and unregulated growth, leads inexorably to a lowered quality of life.

Tarrasch's 'dogmas' are not eternal truisms, but merely instructional material presented in an accessible and witty form, those necessary rudiments from which one can begin to grasp the secrets of chess.

Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that the Ten Commandments are a historical document that contains moral, ethical, and legal truisms that any person of any religion or even an atheist can recognize and appreciate.


It is a truism that one person who wants something is a hundred times stronger than a hundred who want to be left alone.

Property, said Proudhon, is theft. This is the only perfect truism that has been uttered on the subject.

It is the merest truism, evident at once to unsophisticated observation, that mathematics is a human invention.

Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Never forget this simple truism: Forecasting is marketing, plain and simple.


I've never had a problem with the old truism about dancing to architecture.

I think you can dance to architecture. There's some pretty funky architecture to dance to.

I know of only a few truisms, one being [that] if your parents didn't have children, you won't have children. Another is whenever you make a strength program easier, you will get weaker.

One's doing well if age improves even slightly one's capacity to hold on to that vital truism: "This too shall pass.

So smile when you read a headline that says "Investors lose as market falls.

" Edit it in your mind to "Disinvestors lose as market falls-but investors gain." Though writers often forget this truism, there is a buyer for every seller and what hurts one necessarily helps the other. (As they say in golf matches: "Every putt makes someone happy.")

It is a truism throughout the civilized galaxy that when you go to the police, your troubles really begin.


Occasionally the impossible happens; this is a truism that accounts for much of what we call good luck; and also, bad.

Every patient reacts a little differently, both biologically and psychologically. The only constant in cancer is inconstancy; the only certainty is a future of uncertainty, a truism for all of modern life but one made vivid by life-threatening illness.

The triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed;

it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

I suppose the pleasure of the country life lies really in the eternally renewed evidences of the determination to live. That is a truism when said, but anything but a truism when daily observed. Nothing shows up the difference between the thing said or read, so much as the daily experience of it.

It's a familiar truism that at any one moment, financial markets are dominated by either fear or greed. But the healthiest markets are those that are animated by both fear and greed at the same time.


The notion of the perfect whole, the ultimate solution in which all good things coexist, seems to me not merely unobtainable--that is a truism--but conceptually incoherent. ......Some among the great goods cannot live together. That is a conceptual truth. We are doomed to choose, and every choice may entail an irreparable loss.

You know, it's a truism that writers for children must still be children themselves, deep down, must still feel childish feelings, and a child's surprise at the world.

Absolute truisms rot brains absolutely.

[...]'Power corrupts' is useless as a tool for understanding the past, and gives us nothing as a guide to action.

I think much sociopolitical art delivers truisms that are quite flat.