Truth Quotes

To me, the truth is what actually happened. Yet it is impossible to know anything approaching the whole truth about past events. Even the people living them could not possibly understand. That truth is always out of reach.

Orson Scott Card

You touch on a disheartening truth. People never want to be told anything they do not believe already.

James Branch Cabell

They tell me that truth lies somewhere at the bottom of a well, and at virtually the door of our home is a most notable if long dried well. Our location is thus quite favorable, if we but keep patience.

James Branch Cabell

The theatre is supremely fitted to say: Behold! These things are. Yet most dramatists employ it to say: This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.

Thornton Wilder

Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.

Bertrand Russell

The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.

Oscar Wilde

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

John Ruskin

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.

Horace Mann

If the individual, or heretic, gets hold of some essential truth, or sees some error in the system being practiced, he commits so many marginal errors himself that he is worn out before he can establish his point.

Ezra Pound

Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.

Charles Darwin

The stream of time sweeps away errors, and leaves the truth for the inheritance of humanity.

Georg Brandes

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

Swami Vivekananda

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.

Denis Diderot

All maxims have their antagonist maxims; proverbs should be sold in pairs, a single one being but a half truth.

William Mathews

Truth will flourish in fantasy, only to wither and die in what you are pleased to call reality.

Bernard Schuber

Private and public life are subject to the same rules-- truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better then policy or tact or expediency or other words that were devised to conceal a deviation from a straight line.

Robert E. Lee

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it Confucius All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but he who keeps back truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal.

James Russell Lowell

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.

Lao Tzu

Truth may sometimes hurt but delusion harms.

Vanna Bonta

A sense of humor always withers in the presence of the messianic delusion, like justice and truth in front of patriotic passion.

Henry Louis Mencken

From the viewpoint of absolute truth, what we feel and experience in our ordinary daily life is all delusion. Of all the various delusions, the sense of discrimination between oneself and others is the worst form, as it creates nothing but unpleasant.

Dalai Lama

To get their attention, start lobbing the light grenades (That burst and blind them with the truth! An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth!)

Brandon Boyd
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