what is new cannot be true

1639 J. CLARKE Parœmiologia Anglo-Latina 228 The newest things, not always truest.

1791 J. BOSWELL Life of Johnson II. 283 I found that generally what was new was false.

1880 J. NICHOL Byron ix. We are told..that he knew little of art or music... It is true but not new. But when Hunt proceeds to say that Byron had no sentiment..it is new enough, but is manifestly not true.

1928 Times 4 Feb. 8 Sir Arthur Evans has fallen a victim..to the old slogan ‘What is new cannot be true.’


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