Truth Quotes

How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill! - Sir Henry Wotton

Art is a lie which makes us realize the truth. - Pable Picasso

Our intelligence is imperfect, surely, and newly arisen; the ease with which it can be sweet-talked, overwhelmed, or subverted by other hardwired propensities -- sometimes themselves disguised as the cool light of reason -- is worrisome.-
Carl Sagan

You cannot kill truth; you cannot kill justice; you cannot kill what we are fighting for.- Jean Dominique

I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell. - Harry Truman

What are heavy?
sea-sand and sorrow:
What are brief?
to-day and to-morrow:
What are frail?
Spring blossoms and youth:
What are deep?
the ocean and truth. - Christina Rossetti

Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie;A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby. - Herbert

This saying is both true and terse: There's nothing bad but might be worse. - Thornton W. Burgess

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State. - Joseph Goebbels

Great contest follows, and much learned dust Involves the combatants; each claiming truth, And truth disclaiming both. - William Cowper

Oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths; Win us with honest trifles, to betray us
In deepest consequence. - William Shakespeare

When fiction rises pleasing to the eye, Men will believe, because they love the lie;But truth herself, if clouded with a frown, Must have some solemn proof to pass her down. Charles Churchill

Do not trouble yourselves about standards or ideals; but try to be faithful and natural: remember that there is no greatness, no beauty, which does not come from truth to your own knowledge of things; and keep on working, even if your work is not long remembered. - William Dean Howells

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Evil springs up, and flowers, and bears no seed, And feeds the green earth with its swift decay,Leaving it richer for the growth of truth.- James Russell Lowell

...the chief 'truth' that guided the Founders was 'that men were corruptible and that power always corrupted.' They believed that 'greed and lust for power ... were inquenchable in mortal men.' ... The great concern of the Founders was tyranny. After all, they had just barely escaped the clutches of King George ... The last thing they wanted was a power-hungry president, a domestic King George ... The Founders did not trust men's natural inclinations. ... (they) envisioned a supreme legislative branch as the heart and soul of America's central government. They assumed that Congress, drawn from all parts of the country, would initiate bills, set budgets, approve wars, provide national leadership, and if necessary, impeach and toss out a wayward president. After all, who would give supreme powers to one man, or woman? - John Dillin

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.- James Madison

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.- Abraham Lincoln

Truth is the glue that holds government together.- Gerald R. Ford

There is nothing as powerful as the truth and often nothing as strange.- Daniel Webster

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.- Mel Brooks

When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.- Arab Proverb

We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of man as the foundation of democracy; we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit.- Unlnown

Truth is the best armour to fight evil in life. I will tread the path of life with the torch of truth ever ablaze in my hand. From dawn to dusk, I will be true both in words and in deeds. - Zarathustra

Actually, truth dies more quickly in the war of words than one of swords, and the more emotional the debate, the quicker the death. - Bode Olakanmi

But the involuntary tricks of memory and the voluntary ones of imagination make always such terrible havoc of facts that truth, be it ever so much sought and cared for, appears in history and biography only in a more or less disfigured condition.- Frederick Niecks

The truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.- William Blake

...whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.- Sherlock Holmes

The individual point of view is the only point of view from which one is able to look at the world in its truth.- Ortega y Gasset

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.- Mark Twain

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it. - Emily Dickinson

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant- Success in Circuit lies, Too bright for our infirm Delight,The Truth's superb surprise,
As Lightning to the Children eased,With explanation kind, The Truth must dazzle gradually,Or every man be blind -
Emily Dickinson

Truth is, you're always going to lose when you play a game of cat and mouse with the cat.- Cory Eberhart

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. - Ludwig Borne

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

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.- Samuel Johnson

I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences, you are to tell the truth.- Samuel Johnson

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

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. - Mark Twain

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion. - Sir Francis Bacon

The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.- Robert Kennedy

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

I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.- Harry Truman

Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so.- Theodore Parker

And let the truth be your delight...Proclaim it..., but with a certain congeniality.- Caterina Benincasa

The pursuit of truth shall set you free—even if you never catch up with it.- Clarence Darrow

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.- Thomas Jefferson

It is easier for a king to have a lie believed than a beggar to spread the truth.- Robert Strecker

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.- George Orwell

The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted. - G. C. Lichtenberg

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.- Georges Braque

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are truths which can kill a nation.- Jean Giraudoux

The truth is violated by falsehood but outraged by silence.- Old adage

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.- Arthur Schopenhauer

When one has one's hand full of truth it is not always wise to open it.- French proverb

The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it.- Remy de Gourmont

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.- Benjamin Disraeli

Truth is what stands the test of experience.- Albert Einstein

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

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Truth is always paradoxical.- Henry David Thoreau

It is not by the sword or the spear, by soldiers or by armed force that truth is to be promoted, but by counsel and gentle persuasion. - Saint Athenasius

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

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. - Hannah Arendt

Nothing overshadows truth so much as authority.- Leon Battista Alberti

Say not unto thyself, Behold, truth breedeth hatred, and I will avoid it; dissimulation raiseth friends, and I will follow it. Are not the enemies made by truth, better than the friends obtained by flattery? - Akhenaton

Evil people hate the light because it reveals themselves to themselves. ... They will destroy the light, the goodness, the love in order to avoid the pain of self-awareness. ... Evil is laziness carried to its ultimate, extraordinary extreme.- Dr. M. Scott Peck

Believing ourselves to be possessors of absolute truth degrades us: we regard every person whose way of thinking is different from ours as a monster and a threat and by so doing turn our own selves into monsters and threats to our fellows.- Octavio Paz

Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. -Thomas Paine

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.- Niels Bohr

We shall some day catch an abstract truth by the tail, and then we shall have our religion and our immortality.-Henry Brooks Adams

There is a tragic clash between Truth and the world. Pure undistorted Truth burns up the world. -Nikolay Berdyayev

Spiritual maturity is a lifelong process of replacing lies with truth.-Kurt Bruner

The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.-Dan Rather

Nothing hurts a new truth more than an old error.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Why tell me that a man is a fine speaker, if it is not the truth that he is speaking?- Thomas Carlyle

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.-Edgar J. Mohn

Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.- Nadine Gordimer

Truth we learn in pain and sighs...-George William