Truth Quotes

Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth.

Alfred North Whitehead

This administration misled a nation into war by cherry-picking intelligence and stretching the truth beyond recognition.

Senator John Kerry

Truth knows no color; it appeals to intelligence.

James Cone

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.

Alfred Adler

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.

Charles Pierce

Anger at lies lasts forever. Anger at truth can't last.

Greg Evans

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves

Abraham J. Heschel

Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.

Barbara Kingsolver

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

Tom Stoppard

The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one's hum drum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.

D. T. Suzuki

No matter what verbal space you try to enclose Zen in, it resists, and spills over ... the Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.

DOUGLAS HOFSTADTER

In war, truth is the first casualty.

Aeschylus

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

Wallace Stevens

History is a great deal closer to poetry than is generally realised: in truth, I think, it is in essence the same.

A. L. Rowse

Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.

Roland Barthes

Some mathematician has said pleasure lies not in discovering truth, but in seeking it.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Praise follows truth afar off, and only overtakes her at the grave; plausibility clings to her skirts and holds her back till then

James Russell Lowell

There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil - remain detached from the great

Walter Lippmann

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.

Thomas Jefferson

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.

Katherine Mansfield

Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth.

Charles A. Dana

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.

Joseph Joubert

Opinions are made to be changed -or how is truth to be got at?

Lord Byron
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