Posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 28, 2008 at 12:24:
In Reply to: Truth lives at the bottom of a well posted by robbert veerman on March 26, 2008 at 10:36:
: you don't seem to list" truth lives at the bottom of a well". is its origin known?
: An australian fish was called Veritas by gilbert whiteley because it was discovered in a well.
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable says that "this expression has been attributed to Heraclitus, Cleanthes, Democritus the Derider, and others". (VSD)