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Augustine of Hippo: “The truth is like a lion”

7 March 2019

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“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

(Or, at least, it is often credited to him.)

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  1. 7 March 2019 7:30 am

    If the lion has to be “let loose” first. then it apparently isn’t able to defend itself.

    Augustine would not make such an obvious logical mistake, unless I missed some hidden meaning in the quote.

    • 7 March 2019 6:27 pm

      As is the case with any analogy, it is not meant to be taken overly literally.

      • 7 March 2019 7:55 pm

        I agree with your point about analogy. It is still a good, if not better, analogy, without the sentence “Let it loose”.

        As a fan of Augustine, I was protesting (perhaps too much 🙂 ) that he would not make an analogy with obvious logical flaws in it. Could you trace the origin of the quote?


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