“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

Genre: fiction

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.