Recently a quote popped into my head, which I recall as a Bishop Berkeley proposition. But on further looking into the matter, I can't seem to find it. It's within the general area of the following:
"There is no opinion so invalid, no doctrine so false, that it does not contain a modicum of truth."
All leads and suggestions appreciated!
  • I did searches on Google and DuckDuckGo. They both found nothing. Is that an exact quote? Commented Jul 6, 2023 at 16:45
  • @MarkAndrews no - just how I remember it
    – shman613
    Commented Jul 6, 2023 at 20:30
  • I made a 2nd attempt with a search engine. Again, no luck. I suggest some plain old book research on this question. Commented Jul 11, 2023 at 17:02

1 Answer 1


I happened on the answer to your question.

The quotation is "Nihil tam absurde dici potest quod non dicatur ab aliquo filosophorum" (There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it - Cicero, De Divinatione, II, 58.

I found this at Phil. Stack Exchange - Question Which kinds of philosophical arguments are more than subjective opinions?

I confirmed it at Imperium Romanum - Quotes of Cicero

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .