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We are surrounded by our civilization, hardly recognizing to what extent that is the case. It's everyone's conviction that things have been pretty much as they are now, allowing only perhaps for very minor variations. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are living at this moment somewhere along the life span of a civilization, which will some day decline and die, to be replaced by another in which all that we believed and accomplished will seem strange and and old-fashioned.
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I'm not sure I really understand what the author is trying to say by 'Nothing could be further from the truth' here. Can you help me?
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If you say that something could not be further from the truth, you are saying that what has been suggested is not true:
I'm certainly not in love with him -- nothing could be further from the truth!


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If you say that something could not be further from the truth, you are saying that what has been suggested is not true:

Hmm...How can it be so? What kind of logic is there behind? I mean, it's NOT further, NOT at a greater distance, from the truth, right? Then, shouldn't it be somewhat close to the truth?
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what has been suggested (in the previous sentences) is not true
My two cents: "Nothing could be further from the truth" here is a connecting link between the preceding and the following, suggesting a meaning turn. The sentence itself means the preceding is completely wrong.
Marius Hancuwhat has been suggested (in the previous sentences) is not true
Then, is it some sort of ellipsis of, say, 'Nothing could be further from the truth than that'?
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«Hmm...How can it be so? What kind of logic is there behind? I mean, it's NOT further, NOT at a greater distance, from the truth, right? Then, shouldn't it be somewhat close to the truth?»

Logic is correct here. It's like the definituon of supremum. That is, a statement whereof nothing can be further from the truth, is the furthest statement from the the truth.

And the distance is meant in metric (or not metric?) space of distinction. So, «nothing could be more distinct from the truth». That is, nothing is true in this statement.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

This doesn't say that 'it' is not further from the truth. It is saying that nothing else could be even further away from the truth. This is as far away from the truth as possible.

Therefore, it is completely untrue.

Imagine a scale of truthfullness - 1 to 5, with 1 being an absolute lie and 5 being the absolute truth. If we are at 1, nothing else could be further from the truth than us. We are as far from the truth as we could possibly get.
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