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Quotes on Truth

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. Herbert Agar

Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false. Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men. Matthew Arnold

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Marcus Aurelius

Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true. Richard Bach

There is no original truth, only original error. Gaston Bachelard

Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out. Francis Bacon

Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible. Francis Bacon

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

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. Francis Bacon

You never find yourself until you face the truth. Pearl Bailey

Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage. Hosea Ballou

Man can certainly keep on lying... but he cannot make truth falsehood. He can certainly rebel... but he can accomplish nothing which abolishes the choice of God. Karl Barth

Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward. Georges Bernanos

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. Josh Billings

When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. Otto von Bismarck

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

Truth never penetrates an unwilling mind. J. L. Borges

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

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

Truth is always strange, stranger than fiction. Lord Byron

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. Blaise Pascal

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

Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. Albert Camus

Truth, of course, must of necessity be stranger than fiction; for we have made fiction to suit ourselves. G. K. Chesterton

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. Winston Churchill

This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again. Marcus Tullius Cicero

I am the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus Christ (John 14:6)

Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it. Emily Dickinson

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

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

Truth hurts — not the searching after; the running from! John Eyberg

There is no truth. There is only perception. Gustave Flaubert

God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained. Mohandas Gandhi

I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him. I am prepared to sacrifice the things dearest to me in pursuit of this quest. Even if the sacrifice demanded my very life, I hope I may be prepared to give it. Mohandas Gandhi

Wisdom is found only in truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

Truth, like a torch, the more it's shook it shines. William Hamilton

Truth is the torch that gleams through the fog without dispelling it. Claud-Adrian Helvetius

To attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing the Darkness. It cannot be. Frank Herbert

The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth. Hermann Hesse

Live truth instead of professing it. Elbert Hubbard

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. Aldous Huxley

Truth consists of having the same idea about something that God has. Joseph Joubert

Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. James Russell Lowell

All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses. Friedrich Nietzsche

There is no such thing as a harmless truth. Gregory Nunn

The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling. Robert M. Pirsig

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away. Elvis Presley

One fool will deny more truth in half an hour than a wise man can prove in seven years. Coventry Patmore

The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh. Carl Reiner

People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true. Robert J. Ringer

Truth does not do as much good in the world as the semblance of truth does evil. Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution. J. K. Rowling

Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty. Madame de Stael

The truth will set you free. But first, it will p*ss you off. Gloria Steinem

If you shut the door to all errors truth will be shut out. Rabindranath Tagore

It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

The words of truth are always paradoxical. Lao Tzu

Truth is one, but error is manifold. Simone Weil

When you mix falsehood with truth, you create a more destructive lie. Ravi Zacharias

Truth provokes those whom it does not convert. Bishop Thomas Wilson

The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood. Ludwig Wittgenstein

The truth is at the beginning of anything and its end are alike touching. Kenko Yoshida

The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it. Emile Zola

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. Francis Bacon