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  • But this truism requires some qualification.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Though, indeed, the vendor of a certain nostrum has vulgarized the truism to the very point of contempt.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • As a moral declaration the old truism seems perfectly true, and yet because it abstracts, because it generalizes, I can’t believe it with my stomach.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • —Take a bit of doing, boss, retaliated that rough diamond palpably a bit peeved in response to the foregoing truism.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • These were truisms, things everyone should learn in college, and I liked hearing Deo say them.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • It had become an innocuous truism.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But when we have vaguely said that Education will set this tangle straight, what have we uttered but a truism?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • "Danged if ye bain’t altered now, malter," said a voice with the vigour natural to the enunciation of a remarkably evident truism.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Seated, people were less tense; it was a truism.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • That it was intrinsically valuable was a truism I had never questioned.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf

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  • Ours would prove that truism.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Of all the truisms about politics, one is held to be truer than the rest: money buys elections.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • But she accepts this hard reality because she has already learned one great truism about Lee Harvey Oswald: he always does what he wants to do, no matter how many obstacles are thrown in his path.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Truisms are true, hold on to that!
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Bloomberg, Jon Corzine—these are but a few recent, dramatic examples of the truism at work.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • But when he challenged the truism I was speechless.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • In fact, only 2 of the 562 men in the sample were black, so it is impossible to say much about the ideological convictions of the 9 percent of Union soldiers who were black except to state the truism that they were aware of fighting for the freedom of their race.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • "True, drink is a pleasant delight," said Jan, as one who repeated a truism so familiar to his brain that he hardly noticed its passage over his tongue; and, lifting the cup, Coggan tilted his head gradually backwards, with closed eyes, that his expectant soul might not be diverted for one instant from its bliss by irrelevant surroundings.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • ) And what about the other half of the election truism—that the amount of money spent on campaign finance is obscenely huge?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
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