Truth Quotations

Truth Quotations

  1. "The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, for the truth. "
    -- Alfred Adler

  2. " A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth. "
    -- Edward Albee

  3. "Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won."
    -- Louisa May Alcott

  4. "Error is certainty's constant companion. Error is the corollary of evidence. And anything said about truth may equally well be said about error: the delusion will be no greater. "
    -- Louis Aragon

  5. "Every scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before lastly, they say they always believed it. "
    -- Louis Agassiz

  6. "The plain truth is that the reporter's trade is for young men. Your feet, which do the legwork, are nine times more important than your head, which fits the facts into a coherent pattern. "
    -- Joseph W. Alsop, Jr.

  7. "There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth."
    -- Maya Angelou

  8. "Truth is violated by falsehood, but outraged by silence."
    -- Anonymous

  9. " An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself. "
    -- Minna Thomas Antrim

  10. "I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. "
    -- Pietro Aretino

  11. "If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them. "
    -- Pietro Aretino

  12. "Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash. "
    -- Louis Aragon

  13. "It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible. "
    -- Aristotle

  14. "Philosophy is the science which considers truth. "
    -- Aristotle

  15. "Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. "
    -- Aristotle

  16. "The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. "
    -- Aristotle

  17. "The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. "
    -- Aristotle

  18. " No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth. "
    -- Francis Bacon

  19. "What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination."
    -- Warren Bennis

    "The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth."
    -- Neils Bohr

  20. "Telling the truth ... is not solely a matter of moral character; it is also a matter of correct appreciation of real situations and of serious reflection upon them."
    -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  21. "Truth, though it has many disadvantages, is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it."
    -- Phyllis Bottome

  22. "Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented."
    -- Georges Braque (Pensées sur l'Art)

  23. "The elegance of honesty needs no adornment."
    -- Merry Browne

  24. "It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people."
    -- Giordano Bruno

  25. "The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it."
    -- Pearl S. Buck

  26. "A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. "
    -- John Calvin

  27. "How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. "
    -- Albert Camus

  28. " The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. "
    -- Albert Camus

  29. "Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die. "
    -- Thomas Carlyle

  30. " A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. "
    -- G. K. Chesterton

  31. "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
    -- Sir Winston Churchill

  32. "Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."
    -- Sir Winston Churchill

  33. "Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water."
    -- Miguel de Cervantes

  34. "Opinion is a flitting thing But Truth outlasts the Sun."
    -- Emily Dickinson

  35. " Aristotle was once asked what those who tell lies gain by it. Said he ~ That when they speak truth they are not believed. "
    -- Diogenes

  36. " Democritus says, "But we know nothing really; for truth lies deep down. "
    -- Diogenes

  37. "Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails. "
    -- Clarence Darrow

  38. "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
    -- Albert Einstein

  39. "The search for truth is more precious than its possession. "
    -- Albert Einstein

  40. "Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  41. "Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  42. "The greatest homage we can pay truth is to use it. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  43. "God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please; you can never have both. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  44. "The highest compact we can make with our fellow is ~~ Let there be truth between us two forevermore.~~ "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  45. "If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor."
    -- Albert Einstein

  46. "The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. "
    -- Albert Einstein

  47. "A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  48. " All necessary truth is its own evidence. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  49. "Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  50. "No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  51. "Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  52. " Half a truth is often a great lie. "
    -- Benjamin Franklin

  53. "From error to error, one discovers the entire truth. "
    -- Sigmund Freud

  54. "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."
    -- John Kenneth Galbraith

  55. "In proportion as we perceive and embrace the truth do we become just, heroic, magnanimous, divine."
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

  56. "He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it."
    -- Henry George

  57. "Political truth is libel; religious truth, blasphemy. "
    -- William Hazlitt

  58. "When we really live truth, we will cease to talk about it."
    -- Elbert Hubbard

  59. "This institution will be based upon the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. "
    -- Thomas Jefferson

  60. "Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; ere long she shall appear to vindicate thee. "
    -- Immanuel Kant

  61. "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. "
    -- John F. Kennedy

  62. "Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them. "
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  63. " I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. "
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  64. "It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of truth. "
    -- John Locke

  65. "The enemies of the truth are always awfully nice."
    -- Christopher Morley

  66. "And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh. "
    -- Friedrich Nietzche

  67. "Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. "
    -- Friedrich Nietzche

  68. "God is truth and light his shadow. "
    -- Plato

  69. " A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on. "
    -- French Proverb

  70. " Below the navel there is neither religion nor truth. "
    -- Italian Proverb

  71. " How many will listen to the truth when you tell them? "
    -- Yiddish Proverb

  72. "It is for the wise people who delight in humanity, praise justice, despise their flatterers, and respect the truth. "
    -- Jeanne-Marie Roland

  73. "A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently. "
    -- Saint Augustine

  74. "Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
    -- Wallace Stevens

  75. "I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  76. "It takes two to speak truth - One to speak, and another to hear. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  77. "I fear chiefly lest my expression may not be extravagant enough, may not wander far enough beyond the narrow limit of my daily experience, so as to be adequate to the truth of which I have been convinced. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  78. " Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  79. "Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  80. "Let us not underrate the value of a fact; it will one day flower into a truth. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  81. "I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  82. "The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  83. "I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  84. "Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. "
    -- The Holy Bible

  85. " A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes. "
    -- Mark Twain

  86. " Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it. "
    -- Mark Twain

  87. "Love truth but pardon error. "
    -- Voltaire

  88. "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. "
    -- Oscar Wilde

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