Truth Quotes

Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.

Mark Twain

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Mark Twain

Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.

Oliver Wendell

A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

William Blake

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

Henry Louis Mencken

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.

Edgar J. Mohn

If you share your light with the world, truth and goodness will be your constant companions.

Micheal Teal

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men, And falsehood, while I lived, was far from mine.

Matthew Arnold

"If you've got the truth you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it."

Robert A. Heinlein

Even if a person excels in Torah and good deeds more than all his contemporaries, if he has not learned the secrets of Torah and the wisdom of truth, he must reincarnate in the world (...) Now the matter is clarifiedthe whole part of the revealed Torah is but a preparation to become worthy and merit attaining the concealed part. It is the concealed part that is very wholeness and the purpose for which man is created.

Yehuda Ashlag

Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved". Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.

Joseph Conrad

In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen

“Truth is one, but error proliferates. Man tracks it down and cuts it up into little pieces hoping to turn it into grains of truth. But the ultimate atom will always essentially be an error, a miscalculation.”

Rene Daumal

Astronomy has revealed the great truth that the whole universe is bound together by one all-pervading influence.

William Leitch

From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.

Sigmund Freud

Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty.

Mahlon Hoagland

As I was writing about Grace Marks, and about her interlude in the Asylum, I came to see her in context the context of other people's opinions, both the popular images of madness and the scientific explanations for it available at the time. A lot of what was believed and said on the subject appears like sheer lunacy to us now. But we shouldn't be too arrogant how many of our own theories will look silly when those who follow us have come up with something better? But whatever the scientists may come up with, writers and artists will continue to portray altered mental states, simply because few aspects of our nature fascinate people so much. The so-called mad person will always represent a possible future for every member of the audience who knows when such a malady may strike? When "mad," at least in literature, you aren't yourself; you take on another self, a self that is either not you at all, or a truer, more elemental one than the person you're used to seeing in the mirror. You're in danger of becoming, in Shakespeare's works, a mere picture or beast, and in Susanna Moodie's words, a mere machine; or else you may become an inspired prophet, a truth-sayer, a shaman, one who oversteps the boundaries of the ordinarily visible and audible, and also, and especially, the ordinarily sayable. Portraying this process is deep power for the artist, partly because it's a little too close to the process of artistic creation itself, and partly because the prospect of losing our self and being taken over by another, unfamiliar self is one of our deepest human fears.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

For the trouble with lying and decieving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods.

Hannah Arendt

Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.

Philip Guedalla
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