“Truth is scarcely to be heard, but by those from whom it can serve no interest to conceal it.”
Samuel Johnson, Rambler, Volume 3
“Time’s glory is to calm contending kings,
To unmask falsehood and bring truth to light.”
William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
“Truth, ’tis supposed, may bear all lights; and one of those principal lights or natural mediums by which things are to be viewed in order to a thorough recognition is ridicule itself.”
Anthony Ashley Cooper, Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humor
Do you need something to teach? Right now? Ask your students the following: Who said it best? Which of the quotes above best expresses the idea of truth? Explain your reasoning.
See below for a list of short stories that explore the idea of truth.
Only One of Us...
Course: Locked Up
Word Count: 1,674 words
Reading Level: secondary
Summary: The short story Only One of Us… is about two friends who happen to be outcasts. There is, however, a striking difference between the two of them, and one of them doesn’t want to hear the truth.