The need to speak the truth and even to seek it for oneself is only conceivable in so far as the individual thinks and acts as one of a society, and not of any society (for it is just the constraining relations between superior and inferior that often drive the latter to prevarication) but of a society founded on reciprocity and mutual respect, and therefore on cooperation.
We who survived the Camps are not true witnesses. We are those who, through prevarication, skill or luck, never touched bottom. Those who have, and who have seen the face of the Gorgon, did not return, or returned wordless.Primo Levi
The difference between [perjury and prevarication] consists in this, that perjury is a distinct assertion of that which can be proved not to be, or a denial of that which can be proved to be; whereas prevarication is the giving of contradictory or inconsistent evidence , which affects the credibility of the evidence, though neither the extent of the witness’s falsehood , nor the precise points in which he has departed from the truth be capable of ascertainment.
I am clearly at opinion that they had no other power , and they could not lawfully do, what I think the record shows they did, constitute themselves a court to try and condemn you for prevarication.
We who survived the Camps are not true witnesses. We are those who, through prevarication, skill or luck , never touched bottom.
Mr. Denman was not prepared to vote all the witnesses guilty of prevarication, without having the evidence previously printed. He had voted for sending the editor to Newgate, because he had heard what he said at the bar of that House.
...far as the individual thinks and acts as one of a society , and not just any society (for it is the constraining relations between superior and inferior that often drive the latter to prevarication) but of a society founded on reciprocity and mutual respect , and therefore on cooperation .
Inquiry denotes evil against the goods of faith , sin denotes evil against the goods of charity and love, and prevarication denotes evil against the truths of faith: in as much as this latter is evil proceeding from a perverse understanding, and is thus known from the truths of faith; it is therefore said, I acknowledge my prevarications. Again ‘Remember thy mercies Jehovah , and thy compassions, remember not the sins of my childhood and my prevarication.
If it were a real effort to live in the Middle Ages, your life would be one perpetual prevarication.
Fraud and prevarication are servile vices. They sometimes grow out of the necessities, always out of the habits, of slavish and degenerate spirits…. It is an erect countenance, it is a firm adherence to principle, it is a power of resisting false shame and frivolous fear, that assert our good faith and honor, and assure to us the confidence of mankind.