In an age awash with fake news and propaganda, Bowen’s penetratingly pithy comments stop you in your tracks (or me in mine, at least).  

Truths are a birthright, lies are thieves.   Yes, there’s always the background question about ‘What is truth?’ ‘Whose truth?’ and so on.  But those complexities don’t abrogate the birthright and shouldn’t become excuses to skirt around it. 

Untruths are thieves, robbing us of a birthright. 

Source: Elizabeth Bowen, A Time in Rome (London: Vintage Books, 2010), p. 85

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