Truth Quotes

 A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth. 
Author: George D. Prentice
Nationality: American
b. 18 December 1802  - d. 22 January 1870
  
 A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 All great truths begin as blasphemies. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 At times truth may not seem probable. 
Author: Nicholas Boileau-Despréaux
Nationality: French
b. December 1636  - d.  December 1711
  
 A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, And ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. 
Author: William Shenstone
Nationality: English
b. 18 November 1714  - d. 11 February 1763
  
 A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. 
Author: Aesop
Nationality: Greek
b. December 620  - d.  December 560
  
 A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 A lie told often enough becomes the truth. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 A man must be strong enough to mould the peculiarity of his imperfections into the perfection of his peculiarities. 
Author: Walter Rathenau
Nationality: German
b. 29 September 1867  - d. 24 June 1922
  
 A man that should call everything by its right name, would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy. 
Author: 1st Marquis of Halifax George Savile
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1633  - d. 19 January 1695
  
 A man who seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society. 
Author: King Frederick the Great - Frederick II
Nationality: Prussian
b. 24 January 1712  - d. 17 August 1786
  
 A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. 
Author: Max Planck
Nationality: German
b. 23 April 1858  - d. 4 October 1947
  
 A philosopher is one who desires to discern the truth. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it. 
Author: James Arthur Baldwin
Nationality: American
b. 2 August 1924  - d. 30 November 1987
  
 A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth. 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 A radical is one who speaks the truth. 
Author: Charles Lindbergh
Nationality: American
b. 04 February 1902  - d. 26 August 1972
  
 A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist who does not love Scotland better than truth. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 A truth that disheartens because it is true is of more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods. 
Author: Count Maeterlinck Maurice Polydore Maeterlinck
Nationality: Belgian
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1949
  
 A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake. Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal 
Author: Mary Baker Eddy
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1821  - d. 3 December 1910
  
 Abstract truth is the eye of reason. 
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1712  - d. 2 July 1778
  
 Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Adversity is the first path to truth. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths that come on high and are contained in the sacred writings. 
Author: John Frederick William Herschel
Nationality: English
b. 7 March 1792  - d. 11 May 1871
  
 All jealousy must be strangled in its birth, or time will soon make it strong enough to overcome the truth. 
Author: William Davenant
Nationality: English
b. 28 February 1605  - d. 7 April 1668
  
 All maxims have their antagonist maxims; proverbs should be sold in pairs, a single one being but a half truth. 
Author: William Mathews
Nationality: English   
 All men wish to have truth on their side; But few to be on the side of truth. 
Author: Richard Whately
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1787  - d. 8 October 1863
  
 All nature is but art unknown to thee; All chance, direction which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good; And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear, 'Whatever IS, is RIGHT'. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 All truth is safe and nothing else is safe; and he who keeps back the truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal, or both. 
Author: Friedrich Max Müller
Nationality: German
b. 06 December 1823  - d. 28 October 1900
  
 All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. 
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Nationality: German
b. 22 February 1788  - d. 21 September 1860
  
 All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. 
Author: Galileo Galilei
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 February 1564  - d. 8 January 1642
  
 All truths are not to be told. 
Author: George Herbert
Nationality: Welsh
b. 3 April 1593  - d. 1 March 1633
  
 Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood-the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 An eager pursuit of fortune is inconsistent with a severe devotion to truth. The heart must grow tranquil Before the thought can become searching. 
Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
Nationality: American
b. December 1820  - d.  December 1904
  
 An enemy is anyone who tells the truth about you. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 An honest man speaks the truth though it may give offence; a vain man in order that it may. 
Author: William Hazlitt
Nationality: English
b. 10 April 1778  - d. 18 September 1830
  
 And diff'ring judgments serve but to declare That truth lies somewhere, if we knew but where. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betrays In deepest consequence. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 And seek after truth in the groves of Academe. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 
Tome: The Bible
Nationality: English   
 And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 Any great truth can - and eventually will - be expressed as a cliche - a cliche is a sure and certain way to dilute an idea. For instance, my grandmother used to say, 'The black cat is always the last one off the fence.' I have no idea what she meant, but at one time, it was undoubtedly true. 
Author: Solomon Short
Nationality: English   
 Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people. 
Author: Jean Fontaine
Nationality: English   
 Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Arrogant people are fearful people. The more arrogant, the more fearful. In truth, arrogant people are fragile. 
Author: Dr Theodore Isaac Rubin
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1936
  
 Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as a touchstone for our judgment. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. 
Author: Pablo Picasso
Nationality: Spanish
b. 25 October 1881  - d. 08 April 1973
  
 Art-speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 02 March 1930
  
 As one editorial wrote at the weekend, 'When Australians awoke last week to the image of three little girls staring from almost every newspaper front page, many felt a surge of sorrow and a huge pang of guilt. Suddenly, protecting our borders from asylum seekers seemed flint-hearted. What nation could be so stony as to turn away the sweet innocence? Surely not the land of a fair go. The truth is somewhat different. It should be remembered that those who choose Australia as a destination do so not because they've suddenly become imbued with Aussie fervour, it's because the people-smuggling industry sees us as an easy target. The softer we get, the more they will come. 
Author: Alan Jones
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 April 194143
  
 As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems - the answer for all the problems of the world - come to a single word. That word is education. 
Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1904  - d. 18 February 1967
  
 Austerity of speech consists in speaking truthfully and Beneficially and in avoiding speech that offends. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: American   
 Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy. 
Author: George Herbert
Nationality: Welsh
b. 3 April 1593  - d. 1 March 1633
  
 Be of good hope in the face of death. Believe in this one truth for certain, that no evil can befall a good man either in life or death, and that his fate is not a matter of indifference to the gods. 
Author: Socrates
Nationality: Greek
b. December 469  - d.  December 399
  
 Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. 
Author: John Keats
Nationality: English
b. 31 October 1795  - d. 23 February 1821
  
 If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.  
Author: George Bancroft
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1800  - d. 17 January 1891
  
 Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. 
Author: André Paul-Guillaume Gide
Nationality: French
b. 22 November 1869  - d. 19 February 1951
  
 Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth. 
Author: Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Nationality: English
b. 29 December 1814  - d. 26 December 1880
  
 Boys are found everywhere - on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket. 
Author: Allan Beck
Nationality: English
b. December 1942
  
 Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid. 
Author: Franklin P. Jones
Nationality: American
b. December 1881  - d.  December 1960
  
 But the truth is that Hillary Clinton owes her charisma not to her accomplishments but to her role as the diva in one of the most bizarre political soap operas ever. 
Author: Maureen Dowd
Nationality: American
b. 14 January 1952
  
 But we know that freedom cannot be served by the devices of the tyrant. As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedom's defenses are to found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America. 
Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1890  - d. 28 March 1969
  
 By and large, I seem to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know, but have learned thereby to make ever swifter of acknowledgment of the errors and thereafter immediately set about to deal more effectively with the truths disclosed by the acknowledgment of erroneous assumptions. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Love truth, but pardon error. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Chase after truth like hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: French
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 Children and drunks tell the truth. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: French   
 Cinema is truth twenty-four times a second. 
Author: Jean-Luc Godard
Nationality: French
b. 03 December 1930
  
 Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. 
Author: Dr. Laurence J. Peter
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 September 1919  - d. 12 February 1990
  
 Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked. 
Author: Thomas Fuller
Nationality: English
b. December 1608  - d. 16 August 1661
  
 Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. 
Author: Lillian Hellman
Nationality: American
b. 20 June 1905  - d. 30 June 1984
  
 Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light. 
Author: Joaquin Miller
Nationality: American
b. December 1841  - d.  December 1913
  
 Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 Dictionary: Opinion presented as truth in alphbetical order. 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 Don't carry truth to the extreme. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Doubt is an incentive to truth, And patient inquiry leadeth the way. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Effective thinking consists of being able to arrive at the truth; truth being defined as that which exists. 
Author: Calvin Hall
Nationality: American
b. December 1909  - d.  December 1985
  
 Enhance and intensify one's vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality. 
Author: John C. Powys
Nationality: English
b. December 1872  - d.  December 1963
  
 Enjoy the spring of love and youth, To some good angel leave the rest; For time will teach thee soon the truth, There are no birds in last year's nest. 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 Error is a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind's faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue. It is that which stemma to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error, and we should have a self-evident absurdity --namely, erroneous truth. Thus we should continue to lose the standard of Truth. 
Author: Mary Baker Eddy
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1821  - d. 3 December 1910
  
 Error is always more busy than truth. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Every Communist must grasp the truth: 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.' 
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Nationality: Chinese
b. 26 December 1893  - d. 9 September 1976
  
 Every great scientific truth goes through three stages: First, people say it conflicts with the Bible.Next they say it had been discovered before.Lastly, they say they always believed it. 
Author: Louis Agassiz
Nationality: American
b. 28 May 1807  - d. 14 December 1873
  
 Every man thinks himself the social superior of every other-'tis a matter of the mind. The truth is that one man is as good as another, if he is as good; and none of us any better than we should be. 
Author: Miles Franklin
Nationality: Australian
b. 14 October 1879  - d. 19 September 1954
  
 Every truth is true only up to a point. Beyond that, by way of counter-point, it becomes untruth. 
Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Nationality: Danish
b. 5 May 1813  - d. 11 November 1855
  
 Every truth we see is one to give to the world, not to keep to ourselves alone. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Everyone probably thinks that I'm a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I'd rather read a book. 
Author: Madonna
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1958
  
 Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth. 
Author: Richard Whately
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1787  - d. 8 October 1863
  
 Everything that is possible to be believed is an image of the truth. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 False views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened. 
Author: Charles Darwin
Nationality: English
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1882
  
 Falsehood is cowardice, - truth is courage. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult. 
Author: George Eliot
Nationality: English
b. 22 November 1819  - d. 22 December 1880
  
 Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fastly misled us as those that are not wholly wrong, as no timepieces so effectually deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Falsehood is susceptible of an infinity of combinations, But truth has only one mode of being. 
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1712  - d. 2 July 1778
  
 Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, But usually quarrel among themselves. 
Author: Daniel Webster
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1782  - d. 24 October 1852
  
 Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on. 
Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
Nationality: American
b. December 1820  - d.  December 1904
  
 Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live. 
Author: Bayard Taylor
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1825  - d. 19 December 1878
  
 Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth. 
Author: Charles Anderson Dana
Nationality: American
b. December 1819  - d.  December 1897
  
 For a creative writer possession of the ''truth'' is less important than emotional sincerity. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 For some days I quietly worked out in my own mind the metaphysics of Cosmic Unity. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that it was the living truth. It was logically incontrovertible. It provided for the first time a firm foundation for ethics. It offered mankind the radical change of heart and mind that was our only hope of peace at a time of desperate danger. Only one small problem remained. I must find a way to convert the world to my way of thinking. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 For the truth of the conclusions of physical science, observation is the supreme Court of Appeal. It does not follow that every item which we confidently accept as physical knowledge has actually been certified by the Court; our confidence is that it would be certified by the Court if it were submitted. But it does follow that every item of physical knowledge is of a form which might be submitted to the Court. It must be such that we can specify (although it may be impracticable to carry out) an observational procedure which would decide whether it is true or not. Clearly a statement cannot be tested by observation unless it is an assertion about the results of observation. Every item of physical knowledge must therefore be an assertion of what has been or would be the result of carrying out a specified observational procedure. 
Author: Sir Arthur Eddington
Nationality: English
b. December 1882  - d.  December 1944
  
 For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 For truth is precious and divine; Too rich a pearl for carnal swine. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 Frail Life! in which, through Mists of human breath, We grope for Truth, and make our Progress slow. 
Author: William Davenant
Nationality: English
b. 28 February 1605  - d. 7 April 1668
  
 Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it. 
Author: Thomas Cooper
Nationality: American
b. December 1759  - d.  December 1839
  
 Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single Literatureity or government has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious, that every one of us put in this world has been put there for a reason and has something to offer. It is so hard for government planners, no matter how sophisticated, to ever substitute for millions of individuals working night and day to make their dreams come true. The fact is, bureaucracies are a problem around the world. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 From error to error one discovers the entire truth. 
Author: Sigmund Freud
Nationality: Austrian
b. 6 May 1856  - d. 23 September 1939
  
 Get but the truth once uttered, and 'tis like A star new-born that drops into its place And which, once circling in its placid round, Not all the tumult of the earth can shake. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite. 
Author: Edward Albee
Nationality: American
b. 12 March 1928
  
 Great contest follows, and much learned dust Involves the combatants; each claiming truth, and truth disclaiming both. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 Habit with him was all the test of truth, 'It must be right: I've done it from my youth'. 
Author: George Crabbe
Nationality: English
b. 24 December 1754  - d. 3 February 1832
  
 Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; ere long she shall appear to vindicate thee. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 He is the freeman whom the truth makes free, And all are slaves beside. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 He never sold the truth to serve the hour, Nor paltered with Eternal God for power. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 He that is possessed with a prejudice is possessed with a devil, and one of the worst kinds of devils, for it shuts out the truth, and often leads to ruinous error. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know. He who is truthful is not showy; He who is showy is not truthful. He who is virtuous does not dispute; He who disputes is not virtuous. He who is learned is not wise; He who is wise is not learned. Therefore the sage does not display his own merits. 
Author: Laozi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 604  - d.  December 531
  
 Hell is the full knowledge of the truth when truth, resisted long, is sworn our foe, and calls eternity to do her right. 
Author: Edward Young
Nationality: English
b. 3 July 1681  - d. 5 April 1765
  
 Hell is truth seen too late-duty neglected in its season. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his father only shook his head slowly and puffed his pipe and said that sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was best not to take chances. It was why, he said, he crossed himself whenever a black cat crossed his path. 
Author: Stephen King
Nationality: American
b. 21 September 1947
  
 History has its truth; and so has legend hers. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 History is always best written generations after the event, when clouded fact and memory have all fused into what can be accepted as truth, whether it be so or not. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution... It is a piece of idle sentimentality that truth, merely as truth, has any inherent power denied to error, of prevailing against the dungeon and the stake. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions. 
Author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 4 May 1825  - d. 29 June 1895
  
 Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, and acquaintance, or a stranger. 
Author: Franklin P. Jones
Nationality: American
b. December 1881  - d.  December 1960
  
 How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 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. 
Author: Sir Henry Wotton
Nationality: English
b. December 1568  - d.  December 1639
  
 How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. 
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nationality: British
b. 22 May 1859  - d. 07 July 1930
  
 Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law? 
Author: Dick Clark
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1929  - d. 18 April 2012
  
 Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth. 
Author: Victor Borge
Nationality: American
b. 3 January 1909  - d. 23 December 2000
  
 I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination - what the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth - whether it existed before or not. 
Author: John Keats
Nationality: English
b. 31 October 1795  - d. 23 February 1821
  
 I am not struck so much by the diversity of testimony As by the many-sidedness of truth. 
Author: Stanley Baldwin
Nationality: British
b. 3 August 1867  - d. 14 December 1947
  
 I believe in the sun even though it is slow in rising.I believe in you without realizing.I believe in rain though there are no clouds in the sky.I believe in truth even though people lie.I believe in peace though sometimes I am violent.I believe in God even though he is silent. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 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. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. 
Author: Isaac Newton
Nationality: English
b. 4 January 1642  - d. 31 March 1727
  
 I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs. 
Author: Samuel Goldwyn
Nationality: American
b. 27 August 1884  - d. 31 January 1974
  
 I expose slavery in this country, because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death. 
Author: Frederick Douglass
Nationality: American
b. December 1817  - d. 20 February 1895
  
 I feel my immortality oversweep all pains, all tears, all time, all fears, - and peal, like the eternal thunders of the deep, into my ears, this truth, - thou livest forever! 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends. That if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me. 
Author: Conte di Cavour Camillo Benso
Nationality: Italian
b. 10 August 1810  - d. 7 June 1861
  
 I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 I never once made a discovery... I speak without exaggeration that I have constructed three thousand different theories in connection with the electric light... Yet in only two cases did my experiments prove the truth of my theory. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 I have the terrible feeling that, because I am wearing a white beard and am sitting in the back of the theatre, you expect me to tell you the truth about something. These are the cheap seats, not Mount Sinai 
Author: Orson Welles
Nationality: American
b. 6 May 1915  - d. 10 October 1985
  
 I read no newspaper now but Ritchie's, and in that chiefly the advertisements, for they contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more as I grow older. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 I suppose it can be truthfully said that hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it. 
Author: Anne Lamott
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1954
  
 I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 I was resolved to sustain and preserve in my college the bite of the mind, the chance to stand face to face with truth, the good life lived in a small, various, highly articulate and democratic society. 
Author: Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve
Nationality: American
b. December 1877  - d.  December 1965
  
 I will be as harsh as truth And as uncompromising as justice. 
Author: William Garrison
Nationality: American
b. 12 December 1805  - d. 24 May 1879
  
 I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking. 
Author: Og Mandino
Nationality: American
b. December 1923  - d.  December 1996
  
 I wouldn't believe him, even if he were telling the truth. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 If all the world and love were young, And truth in every shepherd's tongue, These pretty pleasures might me move To live with thee, and by thy love. 
Author: Walter Raleigh
Nationality: English
b. December 1552  - d. 29 October 1618
  
 If I had my hand full of truth, I would take good care how I opened it. 
Author: Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
Nationality: French
b. 11 February 1657  - d. 09 January 1757
  
 If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 If the public knew the truth, the war would end tomorrow. But they don't know and they can't know. 
Author: David Lloyd George
Nationality: British
b. 17 January 1863  - d. 26 March 1945
  
 If the truth doesn't save us, what does that say about us? 
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 If you can not find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? Dogen Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, denying them. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. 
Author: Virginia Woolf
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1882  - d. 28 March 1941
  
 If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way. 
Author: Emile François Zola
Nationality: French
b. 2 April 1840  - d. 29 September 1902
  
 If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. 
Author: Rene Descartes
Nationality: French
b. 31 March 1596  - d. 11 February 1650
  
 In it he proves that all things are true and states how the truths of all contradictions may be reconciled physically, such as for example that white is black and black is white; that one can be and not be at the same time; that there can be hills without valleys; that nothingness is something and that everything, which is, is not. But take note that he proves all these unheard-of paradoxes without any fallacious or sophistical reasoning. 
Author: Cyrano de Bergerac
Nationality: French
b. 6 March 1619  - d. 28 July 1655
  
 In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all should learn to hear it. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 In plain truth, it is not want, but rather abundance, that creates avarice. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 In quarrelling the truth is always lost. 
Author: Publilius Syrus
Nationality: Syrian
b. December 85  - d.  December 43
  
 In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 In the opinion of the world marriage ends all, as it does in a comedy.- The truth is precisely the reverse; it begins All. 
Author: Anne Swetchine
Nationality: Russian
b. December 1782  - d.  December 1857
  
 In time of war the first casualty is truth. 
Author: Boake Carter
Nationality: American
b. 28 September 1899  - d. 16 November 1944
  
 In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. 
Author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 4 May 1825  - d. 29 June 1895
  
 Is not prayer a study of truth, a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite? - No man ever prayed heartily without learning something. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 It does not require many words to speak the truth. 
Author: Chief Joseph
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1840  - d.  December 1904
  
 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar. 
Author: Jerome K. Jerome
Nationality: English
b. 02 May 1859  - d. 14 June 1927
  
 It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in,. One yawns, one procrastinates, one can do it when one will, and therefore one seldom does it all. 
Author: Earl Philip Dormer Stanhope
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1694  - d. 24 March 1773
  
 It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 It is for the wise people who delight in humanity, praise justice, despise their flatterers, and respect the truth. 
Author: Madame Roland
Nationality: French
b. 17 March 1754  - d. 8 November 1793
  
 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. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 It is heaven upon earth to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence and turn upon the poles of truth. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 It is not so difficult a task to plant new truths, as to root out old errors; for there is this paradox in men, they run after that which is new, but are prejudiced in favor of that which is old. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 It is one of the maladies of our age to profess a frenzied allegiance to truth in unimportant matters, to refuse consistently to face her where graver issues are at stake. 
Author: Janos Arany
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 2 March 1817  - d. 22 October 1882
  
 It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth. 
Author: John Locke
Nationality: English
b. 29 August 1632  - d. 28 October 1704
  
 It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 It may not always be easy, convenient, or politically correct to stand for truth and right, but it is the right thing to do. Always. 
Author: Melvin Russell Ballard, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 8 September 1928
  
 It much grieves me that I should be noted a traitor when I always had your laws on my breast, and that I should be a sacramentary. God he knoweth the truth, and that I am of the one and the other guiltless. 
Author: Thomas Cromwell
Nationality: English
b. December 1485  - d.  December 1540
  
 It's not enough to have a dream, Unless you're willing to pursue it. It's not enough to know what's right, Unless you're strong enough to do it. It's not enough to learn the truth, Unless you also learn to live it. It's not enough to reach for love, Unless you care enough to give it Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them. 
Author: Samuel Smiles
Nationality: Scottish
b. 23 December 1812  - d. 16 April 1904
  
 John Brown did not recognize unjust human laws, but resisted them as he was bid. For once we are lifted out of the trivialness and dust of politics into the region of truth and manhood. No man in America has ever stood up so persistently and efffectively for the dignity of human nature... 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Joking can bring out the truth. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know they real truth about his or her love affairs. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 Justice is truth in actions. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 Know then this truth, enough for man to know Virtue alone is happiness below. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Knowledge is convertible into power, and axioms into rules of utility and duty. But knowledge itself is not Power. Wisdom is Power; and her Prime Minister is Justice, which is the perfected law of Truth. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won. 
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1832  - d. 6 March 1888
  
 Let the people know the truth and the country is safe. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Lies endure until the truth appears. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Greek   
 Lies last until the truth appears. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Greek   
 Life is a language in which certain truths are conveyed to us; if we could learn them in some other way, we should not live. 
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Nationality: German
b. 22 February 1788  - d. 21 September 1860
  
 Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, - but it returneth. 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 Light is the symbol of truth. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Live truth instead of professing it. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Logic is the art of convincing us of some truth. 
Author: Jean de la Bruyère
Nationality: French
b. 16 August 1645  - d. 10 May 1696
  
 I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good. 
Author: Francesco Petrarch
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 July 1304  - d. 19 July 1374
  
 Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most times he will pick himself up and carry on. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk. 
Author: Edgar Watson Howe
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1853  - d. 3 October 1937
  
 Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by other men. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Marriage, to tell the truth, is an evil, but it is a necessary evil. 
Author: Menander
Nationality: Greek
b. December 342  - d.  December 291
  
 Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.  
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Matilda told such dreadful lies It made one gasp and stretch one's eyes; Her aunt, who, from her earliest youth, Had kept a strict regard for truth, Attempted to believe Matilda: The effort very nearly killed her. 
Author: Hilaire Belloc
Nationality: British
b. 27 July 1870  - d. 16 July 1953
  
 Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth. 
Author: Bishop Jeremy Taylor
Nationality: English
b. December 1613  - d. 13 August 1667
  
 Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Men in earnest have no time to waste In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Men lie, who lack courage to tell truth - the cowards! 
Author: Joaquin Miller
Nationality: American
b. December 1841  - d.  December 1913
  
 Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth. 
Author: François Guizot
Nationality: French
b. 4 October 1787  - d. 12 September 1874
  
 Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth - well, it's like brown - it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic. 
Author: Iris Murdoch
Nationality: British
b. 15 July 1919  - d. 08 February 1999
  
 Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths. 
Author: Edith Summerskill
Nationality: English
b. 19 April 1901  - d. 04 February 1980
  
 Neo-platonism is a progressive philosophy, and does not expect to state final conditions to men whose minds are finite. Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond. 
Author: Hypatia of Alexandria
Nationality: Greek
b. December 360  - d.  December 415
  
 Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truths. 
Author: Philip James Bailey
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1816  - d. 6 September 1902
  
 No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 No mask like open truth to cover lies, As to go naked is the best disguise. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 No plain not followed by a slope. No going not followed by a return. He who remains persevering in danger is without blame. Do not complain about this truth; Enjoy the good fortune you still possess. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Nobody dies nowadays of fatal truths: there are too many antidotes to them. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have. 
Author: Elizabeth Bowen
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1899  - d.  December 1973
  
 Not the least misfortune in a prominent falsehood is the fact that tradition is apt to repeat it for truth. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 Nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it: For Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers. 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Nothing overshadows truth so much as Literatureity. 
Author: Leon Battista Alberti
Nationality: Italian
b. 14 February 1404  - d. 25 April 1472
  
 Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul None is more gladdening or fruitful than to know You can regenerate and make yourself what you will. 
Author: William James
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1842  - d. 26 August 1910
  
 Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Old saws speak truth. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 On a huge hill, Cragged and steep, Truth stands and he that will Reach her, about must, about must go; And what the hill's suddenness resists, win so. 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. 
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nationality: British
b. 22 May 1859  - d. 07 July 1930
  
 One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything. 
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
Nationality: British
b. 24 March 1903  - d. 14 November 1990
  
 One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth. 
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Nationality: Roman
b. 26 April 121  - d. 17 March 180
  
 Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth and the soul requires inward restfulness to attain its full height. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being. 
Author: Morris Joseph
Nationality: Roman   
 Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth. 
Author: Matthew Henry
Nationality: English
b. 18 October 1662  - d. 22 June 1714
  
 People exaggerate the value of things they haven't got: everybody worships truth and unselfishness because they have no experience with them. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 People expect you to look them in the eyes, tell them the truth, and they evaluate it. I tell you what you can trust. You can trust Bill Clinton and Al Gore. 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 Perhaps one of the greatest discoveries in history is this simple truth: you become that which you think about most of the time. No one is smarter than you, no one is better than you, no one has more inborn talent than you. But successful people, at one point or another, set their minds on becoming that which they have now become. 
Author: Brian Tracy
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1944
  
 Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own. 
Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Nationality: Danish
b. 5 May 1813  - d. 11 November 1855
  
 Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving At the ideal perfection of truth. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 Philosophy is the science which considers truth. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Piety required us to honour truth above our friends. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. 
Author: Denis Diderot
Nationality: French
b. 5 October 1713  - d. 31 July 1784
  
 Plain truth will influence half a score of men at most in a nation, or an age, while mystery will lead millions by the nose. 
Author: Henry St. John Bolingbroke
Nationality: English
b. 16 September 1678  - d. 12 December 1751
  
 Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Please don't lie to me, unless you're absolutely sure I'll never find out the truth. 
Author: Ashleigh Brilliant
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1933
  
 Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth-the true poet is very near the oracle. 
Author: Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Nationality: Greek
b. 29 December 1814  - d. 26 December 1880
  
 Poetry is truth dwelling in beauty. 
Author: Robert Gilfillan
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 July 1798  - d. 4 December 1850
  
 Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth. 
Author: Philip James Bailey
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1816  - d. 6 September 1902
  
 Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially insofar as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, 'What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.' But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Read nature; nature is a friend to truth. 
Author: Edward Young
Nationality: English
b. 3 July 1681  - d. 5 April 1765
  
 Remember, as long as you live, that nothing but strict truth can carry you through the world, with either your conscience or your honour unwounded. 
Author: Earl Philip Dormer Stanhope
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1694  - d. 24 March 1773
  
 Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 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. 
Author: Katherine Mansfield
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 14 October 1888  - d. 9 January 1923
  
 Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.' 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Say not, 'This is the truth,' but, 'So it seems to me to be, as I now see the things I think I see.' 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Seeing is believing, but feeling's the truth. 
Author: Thomas Fuller
Nationality: English
b. December 1608  - d. 16 August 1661
  
 Self-truth is the essence of heroism. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Seven years of silent inquiry are needful for a man to learn the truth, but fourteen in order to learn how to make it known to his fellowmen. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God. 
Author: Alice Malsenior Walker
Nationality: American
b. December 1944
  
 Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 Sincerity is no test of truth - no evidence of correctness of conduct. You may take poison sincerely believing it the needed medicine, but will it save your life? 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Some day the soft Ideal that we wooed confronts us fiercely, foe-beset, pursued, and cries reproachful: ''Was it then my praise, and not myself was loved? Prove now thy truth; I claim of thee the promise of thy youth.'' 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Some have learnt many Tricks of sly Evasion, Instead of Truth they use Equivocation, And eke it out with mental Reservation, Which is to good Men an Abomination. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Some men are more beholden to their bitterest enemies than to friends who appear to be sweetness itself. The former frequently tell the truth, but the latter never. 
Author: Cato the Younger
Nationality: Roman
b. December 95  - d.  December 46
  
 Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, Blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time. 
Author: Sam Rayburn
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1882  - d. 16 November 1961
  
 Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. 
Author: Slovenian Proverb
Nationality: American   
 Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods. 
Tome: The Dhammapada
Nationality: American   
 Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare. 
Author: Lewis Morris
Nationality: Welsh
b. 23 January 1833  - d. 12 November 1907
  
 Suffering is the surest means of making us truthful to ourselves. 
Author: Jean Charles Sismondi
Nationality: Swiss
b. 19 May 1773  - d. 25 June 1842
  
 Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes begging. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Superstitions are, for the most part, but the shadows of great truths. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned. 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Tell a lie, to find out the truth. 
Author: Irish Proverb
Nationality: English   
 Tell the truth or trump - but get the trick. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility. 
Author: Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi
Nationality: Persian
b. 30 September 1207  - d. 17 December 1273
  
 The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The best mind-altering drug is truth. 
Author: Lily Tomlin
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1939
  
 The best way to change your belief system is to change the truth about you. What you actually *do* is more important than what you say you'll do. 
Author: Steve Chandler
Nationality: American   
 The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 The contemplation of truth and beauty is the proper object for which we were created, which calls forth the most intense desires of the soul, and of which it never tires. 
Author: William Hazlitt
Nationality: English
b. 10 April 1778  - d. 18 September 1830
  
 The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 The Devil sometimes speaks the truth. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplace, but which all experience refutes. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 The difference between truth and fiction: fiction has to make sense. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The difficulty comes from this, that Christianity is exclusive and that belief in its truth excludes belief in any other truth. It does not absorb, it repulses. 
Author: André Paul-Guillaume Gide
Nationality: French
b. 22 November 1869  - d. 19 February 1951
  
 The difficulty of arriving at the truth when one has nothing, but human testimony to depend on, is both apparent, and, from a religious point of view, terribly disconcerting. 
Author: Herbert Hensley Henson
Nationality: English
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1947
  
 The effects of our actions may be postponed but they are never lost. There is an inevitable reward for good deeds and an inescapable punishment for bad. Meditate upon this truth, and seek always to earn good wages from Destiny. 
Author: Ming Fu Wu
Nationality: English   
 The essence of Truth is eternal; Individual truths wax and wane. 
Author: A. L. Linall Jr.
Nationality: American
b. December 1947
  
 The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth. 
Author: Harry Emerson Fosdick
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1878  - d. 5 October 1969
  
 The finest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the real with the real; a ground on which nothing is assumed. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning, we arrive at truth. 
Author: Peter Abélard
Nationality: French
b. December 1079  - d. 21 April 1142
  
 The gain of lying is, not to be trusted by any, nor to be believed when we speak the truth. 
Author: Walter Raleigh
Nationality: English
b. December 1552  - d. 29 October 1618
  
 The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived, and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The inquiry of Truth, which is the love-making, or wooing of it, the knowledge of Truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of Truth which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 The Jews are the victims of the strongest of collective suggestions. The truth is that they are neither better nor worse than others, but what comes from them is underlined, exaggerated, made responsible for all evil. They seem to have perpetually to fulfill the function of the scapegoat. 
Author: Adriennne Monnier
Nationality: English   
 The King of Truth is the king of kings. His ancestry is of the purest and the highest. He not only rules the four quarters of the world, but he is also Lord of Wisdom and Protector of all Virtuous Teachings. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 The language of truth is simple. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of man; and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The man who is asked by an Literature what he thinks of his work, is put to the torture, and is not obliged to speak the truth. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 The men American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try and tell them the truth 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 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. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 The money-changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 The nobler the truth or sentiment, the less imports the question of Literatureship. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The object of oratory is not truth but persuasion. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. 
Author: Niels Henrik Bohr
Nationality: Danish
b. December 1885  - d.  December 1962
  
 The opposite of what is rumored about men and things is often the truth. 
Author: Jean de la Bruyère
Nationality: French
b. 16 August 1645  - d. 10 May 1696
  
 The ordinary true, or purely real, cannot be the object of the arts. Illusion on a ground of truth, that is the secret of the fine arts. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 The pillars of truth and the pillars of freedom-they are the pillars of society. 
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Nationality: Norwegian
b. 20 March 1828  - d. 23 May 1906
  
 The president's attackers are a motley band consisting primarily of perjuring partisan politicians; strumpets, Nixon apologists, hired guns for cigarette companies, felons, judges who trade favors for jobs; bitter defeated pathetic former rivals of the president; Hillary-hating misogynists; trollops and hate radio hucksters, feeding on an endless line of lies and half-truths to jealous journalists and envious editorialists more concerned with their own self-importance and trashing the good reputation of a great state than of truth. 
Author: Paul Begala
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1961
  
 The professors laugh at themselves, they laugh at life; they long ago abjured the bitch-goddess Success, and the best of them will fight for his scholastic ideals with a courage and persistence that would shame a soldier. The professor is not afraid of words like truth; in fact he is not afraid of words at all. 
Author: Catherine Drinker Bowen
Nationality: American
b. 01 January 1897  - d. 01 November 1973
  
 The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire, is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error. 
Author: Alvin Toffler
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1928
  
 The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth. 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 The sad truth is that a story hasn't got room for more than a limited number of created characters. Otherwise, like an overloaded boat, the story lists. 
Author: Graham Greene
Nationality: British
b. 02 October 1904  - d. 03 April 1991
  
 The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. 
Author: Shana Alexander
Nationality: American
b. 6 October 1925  - d. 23 June 2005
  
 The safest words are always those which bring us most directly to facts. 
Author: Charles H. Parkhurst
Nationality: American
b. 17 April 1842  - d. 08 September 1933
  
 The search for truth is more precious than its possession 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The smallest number, with God and truth on their side, are weightier than thousands. 
Author: Charles Simmons
Nationality: American   
 The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, Ever associates beauty with truth. 
Author: Henry Theodore Tuckerman
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1813  - d. 17 December 1871
  
 The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom-they are the pillars of society. 
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Nationality: Norwegian
b. 20 March 1828  - d. 23 May 1906
  
 The Supreme Truth exists both internally and externally, in the moving and non-moving. He is beyond the power of material senses to see or know. Although, far, far away, he is also near to all. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: Norwegian   
 The trouble with lying and deceiving 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. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 The true lover of learning then must his earliest youth, as far as in him lies, desire all truth. He whose desires are drawn toward knowledge in every form will be absorbed in the pleasures of the soul, and will hardly feel bodily pleasures - I mean, if he be a true philosopher and not a sham one. Then how can he who has the magnificence of mind and is the spectator of all times and all existence, think much of human life? He cannot. Or can such a one account death fearful? No indeed. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realised By man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognised or not, lives and works through endless change. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 The truth arrives disguised And therein the sorrow lies. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Scottish   
 The truth hurts. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Scottish   
 The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated with great caution. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 The truth is a precious commodity. That's why I use it so sparingly. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The truth is always a compound of two half- truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say. 
Author: Tom Stoppard
Nationality: British
b. 3 July 1937
  
 The truth is more important than the facts. 
Author: Frank Lloyd Wright
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1867  - d. 9 April 1959
  
 The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression.It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth. 
Author: Alfred Adler
Nationality: Austrian
b. 7 February 1870  - d. 28 May 1937
  
 The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it. 
Author: Emile François Zola
Nationality: French
b. 2 April 1840  - d. 29 September 1902
  
 The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 The truth is so evident, so binding, and so generally acknowledged, that it is only necessary to put it clearly before men for the evil called war to become quite impossible. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 The truth is that I am enslaved... in one vast love affair with seventy children. 
Author: Sylvia Contance Ashton-Warner
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 17 December 1908  - d. 28 April 1984
  
 The truth may hurt but a lie can cut a deeper wound. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: New Zealander   
 The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa. 
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Nationality: American
b. 7 July 1907  - d. 8 May 1988
  
 The truth of it is, learning, like travelling, and all other methods of improvement, as it finishes, good sense, so it makes a silly man ten thousand times more insufferable, by supplying variety of matter to his impertinence, and giving him an opportunity of abounding in absurdities. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. 
Author: Herbert Agar
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1897  - d. 24 November 1980
  
 The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 The universal medicine for the Soul is the Supreme Reason And Absolute Justice; for the mind, mathematical and practical Truth; for the body, the Quintessence, a combination of light and gold. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 The woman whose behavior indicates that she will make a scene if she is told the truth asks to be deceived. 
Author: Elizabeth Jenkins
Nationality: English
b. December 1905
  
 The word knowledge, strictly employed, implies three things: truth, proof, and conviction. 
Author: Richard Whately
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1787  - d. 8 October 1863
  
 Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 There are few earthly things more beautiful than a university... a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see. 
Author: John Edward Masefield
Nationality: English
b. 01 June 1878  - d. 12 May 1966
  
 There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth. 
Author: Agnes Repplier
Nationality: American
b. 1 April 1855  - d. 15 November 1950
  
 There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains. the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch. 
Author: Bette Davis
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1908  - d. 6 August 1989
  
 There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously. 
Author: Thomas Sowell
Nationality: American
b. 30 June 1930
  
 There are people so addicted to exaggeration they can't tell the truth without lying. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 There are times when we must sink to the bottom of our misery to understand truth, just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to see the stars in broad daylight. 
Author: Václav Hável
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 05 October 1936
  
 There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true. 
Author: Niels Henrik Bohr
Nationality: Danish
b. December 1885  - d.  December 1962
  
 There are two kinds of personality cults. One is a healthy personality cult, that is, to worship men like Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin. Because they hold the truth in their hands. The other is a false personality cult, i.e. not analysed and blind worship. 
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 1893  - d.  December 1976
  
 There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, Truth is the daughter of Time. 
Author: Aulus Gellius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 125  - d.  December 180
  
 There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it. 
Author: William James
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1842  - d. 26 August 1910
  
 There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.  
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 There is nothing so powerful as truth; And often nothing so strange. 
Author: Daniel Webster
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1782  - d. 24 October 1852
  
 There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth. 
Author: Charles Dickens
Nationality: English
b. 7 February 1812  - d. 9 June 1870
  
 There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 There is truth in some rumors. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 There is truth in wine. [Latin: in vino veritas.] 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 There's a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words. 
Author: Dorothy Parker
Nationality: American
b. 22 August 1893  - d. 7 June 1967
  
 There's nothing more oily and cynical in politics than telling the truth. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 There's nothing that keeps its youth, So far as I know, but a tree and truth. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 There's truth in every saying. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 They whom truth and wisdom lead Can gather honey from a weed. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, not tolerate error as long as reason is left free to combat it. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 This is the truth as I see it, my dear, Out in the wind and the rain: They who have nothing have little to fear, Nothing to lose or to gain. 
Author: Madison Cawein
Nationality: American
b. 23 March 1865  - d. 8 December 1914
  
 This mournful truth is everywhere confessed, Slow rises worth by poverty depressed. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 This sacred truth - that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 This same Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not show the masques and mummeries and triumphs of the world half so stately and daintily as candle lights. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 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. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Time discovers truth. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Time to me this truth has taught, ('Tis a treasure worth revealing) More offend from want of thought Than from any want of feeling.  
Author: Charles Swain
Nationality: English
b. December 1803  - d.  December 1874
  
 Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against truth. 
Author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 4 May 1825  - d. 29 June 1895
  
 'Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth; But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 To teach superstitions as truth is a most terrible thing. 
Author: Hypatia of Alexandria
Nationality: Greek
b. December 360  - d.  December 415
  
 To tell the truth, we all lie. Some small fibs, some tall tales and some, like the President, get caught. 
Author: Fred Francis
Nationality: Greek   
 Tolerance is the eager and glad acceptance of the way along which others seek the truth. 
Author: Sir Walter Besant
Nationality: English
b. 14 August 1836  - d. 9 June 1901
  
 True science investigates and brings to human perception such truths and such knowledge as the people of a given time and society consider most important. Art transmits these truths from the region of perception to the region of emotion. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 Truth above all, even when it upsets and overwhelms us. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Truth alone wounds. 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion -- and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority. 
Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Nationality: Danish
b. 5 May 1813  - d. 11 November 1855
  
 Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native lustre about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited; they are like fire and flame, that cannot be painted. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Truth and the knowledge of the ages are often the hardest and most intangible thing to learn in life. But, once comprehended and fully understood, they will provide the possessor with a wealth of wisdom and insight more valuable than both gold and diamonds combined. 
Author: Joseph P. Martino
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 Truth and, by consequence, liberty, will always be the chief power of honest men. 
Author: Madame de Stael
Nationality: American   
 Truth begets hatred. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 Truth crushed to earth shall rise again: Th' eternal years of God are hers; But Error, wounded, writhes in pain, And dies among his worshippers. 
Author: William Cullen Bryant
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1794  - d. 12 June 1878
  
 Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. 
Author: Flannery O'Connor
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1925  - d. 03 August 1964
  
 Truth does not do so much good in the world, As the appearance of it does evil. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart. 
Author: Friedrich von Schiller
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1759  - d. 09 May 1805
  
 Truth fears no trial. 
Author: Proverb
Nationality: German   
 Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger. 
Author: William Cullen Bryant
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1794  - d. 12 June 1878
  
 Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one. 
Author: Konrad Lorenz
Nationality: Austrian
b. 7 November 1903  - d. 27 February 1989
  
 Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of this world, all things are weighed by the false scale of custom. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 Truth is always congruous and agrees with itself; every truth in the universe agrees with all others. 
Author: Daniel Webster
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1782  - d. 24 October 1852
  
 Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then, Life is dull without it. 
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1973
  
 Truth is always served by great minds, even if they fight it. 
Author: Jean Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 30 October 1894  - d. 04 September 1977
  
 Truth is always straightforward. 
Author: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
b. December 496  - d.  December 406
  
 Truth is always the strongest argument. 
Author: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
b. December 496  - d.  December 406
  
 Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam. 
Author: John Milton
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1608  - d. 8 November 1674
  
 Truth is beautiful, without a doubt. But so are lies. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Truth is compared in Scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in a perpetual progression, they sicken into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition. 
Author: John Milton
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1608  - d. 8 November 1674
  
 Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 Truth is generally the best vindication against slander. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Truth is immortal; error is mortal. 
Author: Mary Baker Eddy
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1821  - d. 3 December 1910
  
 Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Truth is not a matter of personal viewpoint. 
Author: Vernon Linwood Howard
Nationality: American
b. December 1918  - d.  December 1992
  
 Truth is not determined by majority vote. 
Author: Doug Gwyn
Nationality: American   
 Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement. 
Author: George Bancroft
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1800  - d. 17 January 1891
  
 Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be outraged by silence. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished. 
Author: Livy
Nationality: Roman
b. December 59  - d.  December 17
  
 Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, and can only please by its resemblance. 
Author: Anthony Ashley-Cooper
Nationality: English
b. 26 February 1671  - d. 4 February 1713
  
 Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Truth is the only safe ground to stand on. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Truth is the secret of eloquence and virtue, the basis of moral Literatureity; it is the highest summit of art and of life. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Truth is too simple for us; we do not like those who unmask our illusions. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 Truth is what prays in man, and a man is continually at prayer when he lives according to the truth. 
Author: Emanuel Swedenborg
Nationality: Swedish
b. 8 February 1688  - d. 29 March 1772
  
 Truth is what stands the test of experience. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense. 
Author: Henry St. John Bolingbroke
Nationality: English
b. 16 September 1678  - d. 12 December 1751
  
 Truth lies wrapped up and hidden in the depths. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Truth like a torch, the more 'tis shook, it shines. 
Author: William Hamilton
Nationality: Scottish
b. 8 March 1788  - d. 6 May 1856
  
 Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction; for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Truth never hurts the teller. 
Author: Robert Browning
Nationality: English
b. 7 May 1812  - d. 12 December 1889
  
 Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it. Everyone must decide whether he wants the uncompromising truth or a counterfeit version of truth. Real wisdom consists of recommending the truth to yourself at every opportunity. 
Author: Vernon Linwood Howard
Nationality: American
b. December 1918  - d.  December 1992
  
 Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers. 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 Truth or tact? You have to choose. Most times they are not compatible. 
Author: Eddie Cantor
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1892  - d. 10 October 1964
  
 Truth sits upon the lips of dying men. 
Author: Matthew Arnold
Nationality: English
b. 24 December 1822  - d. 15 April 1888
  
 Truth springs from argument amongst friends. 
Author: David Hume
Nationality: Scottish
b. 26 April 1711  - d. 25 August 1776
  
 Truth that has merely been learned is like an artificial limb, a false tooth, a waxen nose; it adheres to us only because it is put on. But truth acquired by thought of our own is like a natural limb; it alone really belongs to us. 
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Nationality: German
b. 22 February 1788  - d. 21 September 1860
  
 Truth that peeps Over the edge when dinner's done, And body gets its sop and holds its noise And leaves soul free a little. 
Author: Robert Browning
Nationality: English
b. 7 May 1812  - d. 12 December 1889
  
 Truth will be uppermost one time or another, like cork, though kept down in the water. 
Author: Sir William Temple
Nationality: English
b. 25 April 1628  - d. 27 January 1699
  
 Truth-telling and persuasion are better instruments of action in American democracy than lying, control and demagogy as long as citizens respond to 'the better angels of our nature.' The presidency is the seat of power and an engine for policy making, but it is also a moral agent for the articulation of the ideals of American democracy. The character of American governmental institutions and political culture invites presidents to be moral leaders. 
Author: Ervin C. Hargrove
Nationality: American   
 Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living. 
Author: Agatha Christie
Nationality: English
b. 15 September 1890  - d. 12 January 1976
  
 Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 Truth, like roses, often blossoms upon a thorny stem. 
Author: Hafez
Nationality: Persian
b. December 1315  - d.  December 1390
  
 Truth, like the sun, submits to be obscured; But like the sun, only for a time. 
Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
Nationality: American
b. December 1820  - d.  December 1904
  
 Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so, they are gone to milk the bull. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Truths turn into dogmas the minute they are disputed. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Utterly unrelated to the truth. 
Author: Mohammed Aldouri
Nationality: Iraqi
b. December 1942
  
 Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 We are born to inquire after truth; it belongs to a greater power to possess it. It is not, as Democritus said, hid in the bottom of the deeps, but rather elevated to an infinite height in the divine knowledge. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent. 
Author: Alison Lurie
Nationality: American
b. 3 September 1926
  
 We classify disease as error, which nothing but Truth or Mind can heal. 
Author: Mary Baker Eddy
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1821  - d. 3 December 1910
  
 We develop weapons, not to wage war, but to prevent war. Only in the clear light of this greater truth can we properly examine the lesser matter of the testing of our nuclear weapons. 
Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1890  - d. 28 March 1969
  
 We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it. 
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda, it is a form of truth. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, As to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value And commendation to virtue. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 We should not pretend that we are automatons, seeking out law or truth or facts without them ever touching our conscience. Both law and history are disciplines embedded in justice and ethics. 
Author: Katherine Biber
Nationality: Australian   
 We wish to find the truth, no matter where it lies. But to find the truth we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Well, now we know exactly what it takes to get our president to approach the act of telling the truth: a federal prosecutor and a posse of deputy prosecutors, a grand jury, the Supreme Court, the confession of his chief co-conspirator, the testimony of a couple of dozen other witnesses, the urging of his lawyers and his advisers, the ministering of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and, one assumes, the possession by the FBI of conclusive physical evidence. 
Author: Michael Kelly
Nationality: American
b. December 1957  - d.  December 2003
  
 What a man says drunk he has thought sober. 
Author: Flemish Proverb
Nationality: American   
 What can be found equal to modesty, uncorrupt faith, the sister of justice, and undisguised truth? 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 What is a man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what has been made, a denouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good? 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 What is Truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth. 
Author: John Keats
Nationality: English
b. 31 October 1795  - d. 23 February 1821
  
 What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice. 
Author: Demosthenes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 What! gone without a word? Ay, so true love should do; it cannot speak, for truth hath better deeds, than words, to grace it. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. 
Author: Walt Whitman
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1819  - d. 26 March 1892
  
 When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 When I can look life in the eyes, Grown calm and very coldly wise, Life will have given me the truth, And taken in exchange - my youth. 
Author: Sara Teasdale
Nationality: American
b. 8 August 1884  - d. 29 January 1933
  
 When in doubt, tell the truth. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgement. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 When truth is buried underground it grows, it chokes, it gathers such an explosive force than on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it. 
Author: Emile François Zola
Nationality: French
b. 2 April 1840  - d. 29 September 1902
  
 When war is declared, Truth is the first casualty. 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey. 
Author: Arabian Proverb
Nationality: British   
 When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. 
Author: Sir Rabindranath Tagore
Nationality: Indian
b. 7 May 1861  - d. 7 August 1941
  
 Whereas the truth is that fullness of soul can sometimes overflow in utter vapidity of language, for none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and all human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 Who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? 
Author: John Milton
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1608  - d. 8 November 1674
  
 Who has a daring eye tell downright truths and downright lies. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 Who never doubted never half believed Where doubt there truth is - 't is her shadow. 
Author: Philip James Bailey
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1816  - d. 6 September 1902
  
 Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true? Cling to it long enough, and it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 Wine come in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That's all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die. 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 Wisdom is only found in truth. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Ye friends to truth, ye statesmen, who survey The rich man's joys increase, the poor's decay, 'Tis yours to judge, how wide the limits stand Between a splendid and a happy land. 
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Nationality: British
b. 10 November 1730  - d. 4 April 1774
  
 You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can't solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth - inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important. 
Author: Venerable Ajahn Chah Subhatto
Nationality: Thailand
b. 17 June 1918  - d. 16 January 1992
  
 You can make a better living in the world as a soothsayer than as a truth sayer. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 You cannot change the truth, but the truth can change you. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an Literature no good to get a reputation for cynicism. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes. 
Author: Moses Maimonides
Nationality: Spanish
b. 30 March 1135  - d. 13 December 1204
  
 You need not tell the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it all. But let all you tell be truth. 
Author: Horace Mann
Nationality: American
b. 4 May 1796  - d. 2 August 1859
  
 You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 You'll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said. 
Author: Sam Rayburn
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1882  - d. 16 November 1961
  
 Obi-Wan Kenobi: You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly upon our own point of view. 
Movie: Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back
Nationality: American   
 Most of us have been so programmed on the negative plane, that the true self cannot unfold and blossom. Our souls need nurturing through love, truth and faith in order to grow to full bloom. 
Author: Elizabeth Jenkins
Nationality: English
b. December 1905
  
 Individually, museums are fine institutions, dedicated to the high values of preservation, education and truth; collectively, their growth in numbers points to the imaginative death of this country. 
Author: Robert Hewison
Nationality: British
b. December 1943
  
 Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 As a small business person, you have no greater leverage than the truth. 
Author: Paul Hawken
Nationality: American
b. 8 February 1946
  
 Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people. 
Author: Philip Guedalla
Nationality: British
b. 12 March 1889  - d. 16 December 1944
  
 It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own.  
Author: James Otis
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1725  - d. 23 May 1783
  
 I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial; but, if ever I should, it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth.  
Author: James Otis
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1725  - d. 23 May 1783
  
 Let us hold our discussion together in our own persons, making trial of the truth and of ourselves. 
Author: Protagoras
Nationality: Greek
b. December 481  - d.  December 420
  
 The art of measurement, by showing us the truth would have brought our soul into the repose of abiding by the truth, and so would have saved our life. 
Author: Protagoras
Nationality: Greek
b. December 481  - d.  December 420
  
 War means an ugly mob-madness, crucifying the truth tellers, choking the artists, sidetracking reforms, revolutions, and the working of social forces.  
Author: John Silas Reed
Nationality: American
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1920
  
 Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people. 
Author: J. Ernest Renan
Nationality: French
b. December 1823  - d.  December 1892
  
 The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.  
Author: J. Ernest Renan
Nationality: French
b. December 1823  - d.  December 1892
  
 Truth makes many appeals, not the least of which is its power to shock.  
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.  
Author: Jean Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 30 October 1894  - d. 04 September 1977
  
 Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth. 
Author: Jean Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 30 October 1894  - d. 04 September 1977
  
 When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic. 
Author: Jean Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 30 October 1894  - d. 04 September 1977
  
 Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.  
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Evil is, good or truth misplaced. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Truth never damages a cause that is just. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 It's too bad for us 'literary' enthusiasts, but it's the truth nevertheless - pictures tell any story more effectively than words. 
Author: Dr. William Moulton Marston
Nationality: American
b. 09 May 1893  - d. 02 May 1947
  
 The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established. Taste is context, and the context has changed. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will. 
Author: Kenneth Peacock Tynan
Nationality: English
b. December 1927  - d.  December 1980
  
 Willing or preferring is the same with respect to good and evil, that judging is with respect to truth or falsehood. 
Author: Anthony Collins
Nationality: English
b. 21 June 1676  - d. 13 December 1729
  
 Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth. 
Author: Edith Hamilton
Nationality: American
b. December 1867  - d.  December 1963
  
 But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them 
Author: Christopher Columbus
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 August 1451  - d. 20 May 1506
  
 Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Nothing is more common on earth than to deceive and be deceived. 
Author: Johann Gottfried Seume
Nationality: German
b. 29 January 1763  - d. 13 June 1810
  
 The hope of free man in a frightened world is the values which man puts ahead of inventions when his back is to the wall. These values are beauty, truth, goodness and having a faith, all of which are bombproof. 
Author: Ralph Washington Sockman
Nationality: American
b. 01 October 1889  - d. 29 August 1970
  
 Not truth, but faith, it is that keeps the world alive. 
Author: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1892  - d. 19 October 1950
  
 There is no such thing as a harmless truth. 
Author: Gregory Nunn
Nationality: American
b. December 1955
  
 As I lived under the cross, and simply followed the opening of truth, my mind, from day to day, was more enlightened, my former acquaintance were left to judge of me as they would, for I found it safest for me to live in private, and keep these things sealed up in my own breast. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom, and to commit my cause to God, not fearing to offend men, who take offence at the simplicity of truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments of others. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it. 
Author: Marcus Fabius Quintillian
Nationality: Roman
b. December 35  - d.  December 100
  
 The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty. 
Author: Pablo Neruda
Nationality: Chilean
b. December 1904  - d.  December 1973
  
 The truth is you don't like the theater except the times when you're in a room by yourself putting the play on paper. 
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1894  - d. 10 January 1961
  
 Until we have a better relationship between private performance and the public truth, as was demonstrated with Watergate, we as the public are absolutely right to remain suspicious, contemptuous even, of the secrecy and the misinformation which is the digest of our news. 
Author: John Le Carre
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1931
  
 The truth is, I could no more dictate her nature than she could dictate mine. Kinsey's happy as she is and she doesn't need to be rescued, improved, or saved. 
Author: Sue Grafton
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1940
  
 Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost. 
Author: Chauncey Mitchell Depew
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1834  - d. 05 April 1928
  
 I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt. A lot of it was fine, feeling I had the truth and the light and the key, but a lot of it was purely hell. 
Author: Audre Geraldine Lorde
Nationality: Caribbean-American
b. 18 February 1934  - d. 17 November 1992
  
 With the Ruhmkorff lamp hanging from my belt, and the gun in my hand, I was ready to set out. But to speak the truth, imprisoned in these heavy garments, and glued to the deck by my leaden soles, it was impossible for me to take a step. 
Author: Jules Gabriel Verne
Nationality: French
b. 08 February 1828  - d. 24 March 1905
  
 Yeah, I think that's it... It's like Jesse James. He became really popular because he lasted so long. You know, there is some degree of truth to the fact that time will dignify anything, too. 
Author: John Frederick Milius
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1944
  
 Many lamented but more rejoiced, and specially such as either had been religious men, or favoured religious persons; for they banqueted and triumphed together that night, many wishing that that day had been seven year before; and some fearing lest he should escape, although he were imprisoned, could not be merry. Others who knew nothing but truth by him both lamented him and heartily prayed for him. But this is true that of certain of the clergy he was detestably hated, & specially of such as had borne swynge, and by his means was put from it; for in dead he was a man that in all his doings seemed not to favour any kind of Popery, nor could not abide the snoffyng pride of some prelates, which undoubtedly, whatsoever else was the cause of his death, did shorten his life and procured the end that he was brought unto. 
Author: Thomas Cromwell
Nationality: English
b. December 1485  - d.  December 1540
  
 In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress. 
Author: Leonard Cohen
Nationality: Canadian
b. 21 September 1934
  
 It's my experience that you really can't lose when you try the truth. 
Author: Sharon Stone
Nationality: American
b. 10 March 1958
  
 Nobody is more truthful when he's acting than De Niro 
Author: Billy Crystal
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1948
  
 Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1951
  
 Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though in truth his dreaming must be not out of proportion to his waking. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh. 
Author: Carl Reiner
Nationality: American
b. 20 March 1922
  
 The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us. 
Author: Paul Valéry
Nationality: French
b. 30 October 1871  - d. 20 July 1945
  
 Truth is inner harmony. 
Author: Walter Rathenau
Nationality: German
b. 29 September 1867  - d. 24 June 1922
  
 The truth is in nature, and I shall prove it. 
Author: Paul Cezanne
Nationality: French
b. 19 January 1839  - d. 22 October 1906
  
 Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness. 
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 April 1452  - d. 02 May 1519
  
 The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects 
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 April 1452  - d. 02 May 1519
  
 The price of being close to the President is delivering bad news. You fail him if you don't tell him the truth. Others won't do it. 
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
  
 I have been given the Literatureity over you, and I am not the best of you. If I do well, help me; and if I do wrong, set me right. Sincere regard for truth. 
Author: Abu Bakr
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
b. December 573  - d.  December 634
  
 The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty. 
Author: Abu Bakr
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
b. December 573  - d.  December 634
  
 The truth is an ambition which is beyond us. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth.  
Author: Publilius Syrus
Nationality: Syrian
b. December 85  - d.  December 43
  
 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. 
Author: Publilius Syrus
Nationality: Syrian
b. December 85  - d.  December 43
  
 It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth. 
Author: François Rabelais
Nationality: French
b. December 1494  - d. 9 April 1553
  
 Tell the truth and shame the devil.  
Author: François Rabelais
Nationality: French
b. December 1494  - d. 9 April 1553
  
 It is a vulgar error that love, a love, to woman is her whole existence; she is born for Truth and Love in their universal energy. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it. 
Author: Henry George
Nationality: American
b. 2 September 1839  - d. 2 October 1897
  
 A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.  
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 I am as content to die for God's eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 We call first truths those we discover after all the others. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Man may aspire to virtue, but he cannot reasonably aspire to truth. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present, called Truth the daughter of Time.  
Author: Aulus Gellius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 125  - d.  December 180
  
 Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 When the school children of Australia are told more truths about their own country, and fewer lies about the virtues of Royalty, the day will be near when we can place our own national flag in one of the proudest places among the ensigns of the world. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 Dreams are necessary to life.The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.  
Author: Anais Nin
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1903  - d. 14 January 1977
  
 Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning. 
Author: Anais Nin
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1903  - d. 14 January 1977
  
 There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.  
Author: Anais Nin
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1903  - d. 14 January 1977
  
 A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. 
Author: Isaac Asimov
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 January 1920  - d. 6 April 1992
  
 A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world. 
Author: Max Born
Nationality: German
b. 11 December 1872  - d. 5 January 1970
  
 Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Truth, Goodness, Beauty - those celestial thrins, Continually are born 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 They who know of no purer sources of truth, who have traced up its stream no higher, stand, and wisely stand, by the Bible and the Constitution, and drink at it there with reverence and humility; but they who behold where it comes trickling into this lake or that pool, gird up their loins once more, and continue their pilgrimage toward its fountain-head. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense, it contains only enduring and essential truth, the I and you, the here and there, the now and then, being omitted. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 The hidden significance of these fables which is sometimes thought to have been detected, the ethics running parallel to the poetry and history, are not so remarkable as the readiness with which they may be made to express a variety of truths. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 It is remarkable that, notwithstanding the universal favor with which the New Testament is outwardly received, and even the bigotry with which it is defended, there is no hospitality shown to, there is no appreciation of, the order of truth with which it deals. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 It takes two to speak the truth, - one to speak, and another to hear. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Some old poet's grand imagination is imposed on us as adamantine everlasting truth, and God's own word! Pythagoras says, truly enough, "A true assertion respecting God, is an assertion of God"; but we may well doubt if there is any example of this in literature. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Where there is a lull of truth, an institution springs up. But the truth blows right on over it, nevertheless, and at length blows it down. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 However, when you hear somebody's case, they're entitled to two things: to believe that somebody's listening to the facts, trying to decide what the truth is, and applying the law applicable to that case.  
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them. 
Author: Pietro Aretino
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 April 1492  - d. 21 October 1556
  
 I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. 
Author: Pietro Aretino
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 April 1492  - d. 21 October 1556
  
 No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.  
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 The Bible must be considered as the great source of all the truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 And if I have any self-mythologizing idea of myself, it's that I'm this sort of homeless, Graham Greene kind of character. Which is not so far from the truth. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Truth is exact correspondence with reality. 
Author: Paramhansa Yogananda
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 January 1893  - d. 7 March 1952
  
 In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few. 
Author: Bishop George Berkeley
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 March 1685  - d. 14 January 1753
  
 The eye by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern: and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern some glimpse of truth by long poring on it. 
Author: Bishop George Berkeley
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 March 1685  - d. 14 January 1753
  
 I can't help believing that these things that come from the subconscious mind have a sort of truth to them. It may not be a scientific truth, but it's psychological truth. 
Author: Brian Aldiss
Nationality: English
b. 18 August 1925
  
 But what you do is ask a series of questions to try and discern what the facts are and try to come to some truth if you will. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: English
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, I - all cases to me have interest. Every case is important to somebody, the people litigating that case. But the most difficult case for me is the case where one person says a, the other person says b, and you just don't know for certain who is not telling you the truth.  
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: English
b. 12 November 1936
  
 The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation. 
Author: Stella Adler
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1901  - d. 21 December 1992
  
 The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. 
Author: Stella Adler
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1901  - d. 21 December 1992
  
 A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth.You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are.  
Author: Edward Albee
Nationality: American
b. 12 March 1928
  
 For Africa to me is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true.  
Author: Richard David Bach
Nationality: American
b. 23 June 1936
  
 If any have a stone to throw, it is not I, ever or now. 
Author: Elinor Morton Wylie
Nationality: American
b. 7 September 1885  - d. 16 December 1928
  
 In masks outrageous and austere, The years go by in single file; But none has merited my fear, And none has quite escaped my smile. 
Author: Elinor Morton Wylie
Nationality: American
b. 7 September 1885  - d. 16 December 1928
  
 Tell the truth so as to puzzle and confound your adversaries. 
Author: Sir Henry Wotton
Nationality: English
b. December 1568  - d.  December 1639
  
 Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. 
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Nationality: Roman
b. 26 April 121  - d. 17 March 180
  
 I didn't mean to be a role model. I just speak my truth. I guess speaking from your heart really creates a huge impact, and if I can encourage people to do that, then I would love to be a role model. If I could encourage people to use their voices loudly, then that's my reward. 
Author: Margaret Cho
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1968
  
 You never find yourself until you face the truth. 
Author: Pearl Bailey
Nationality: American
b. 29 March 1918  - d. 17 August 1990
  
 Music tells no truths. 
Author: Philip James Bailey
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1816  - d. 6 September 1902
  
 Poets are all who love, who feel great truths, And tell them; and the truth of truths is love. 
Author: Philip James Bailey
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1816  - d. 6 September 1902
  
 Gossip is called gossip because it's not always the truth. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 It is always good policy to tell the truth unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar. Jerome K. Jerome It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth. and so it goes away. Puzzling. 
Author: Robert Maynard Pirsig
Nationality: American
b. December 1928
  
 Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20 - 20 hindsight. It's good for seeing where you've been. It's good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can't tell you where you ought to go. 
Author: Robert Maynard Pirsig
Nationality: American
b. December 1928
  
 We all have a social mask, right? We put it on, we go out, put our best foot forward, our best image. But behind that social mask is a personal truth, what we really, really believe about who we are and what we're capable of. 
Author: Phil Calvin McGraw
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1950
  
 It's much easier for me to make major life, multi-million dollar decisions, than it is to decide on a carpet for my front porch. That's the truth. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 The profoundest of all sensualities is the sense of truth and the next deepest sensual experience is the sense of justice.  
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Tragedy is like strong acid - it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 It is not truth that matters, but victory. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I am not going to answer to this so-called court, out of respect for the truth and the will of the Iraqi people. I've said what I've said, and I'm not guilty. 
Author: Saddam Hussein
Nationality: Iraqi
b. 28 April 1937  - d. 30 December 2006
  
 A few observation and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to truth. 
Author: Alexis Carrel
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1873  - d. 5 November 1944
  
 The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Truth is the object of philosophy, but not always of philosophers. 
Author: John Churton Collins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1848  - d. 25 September 1908
  
 I would rather the man who presents something for my consideration subject me to a zephyr of truth and a gentle breeze of responsibility rather than blow me down with a curtain of hot wind. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 Let Literatures write for glory and reward. The truth is well paid when she is sung and heard. 
Author: James John Corbett
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1866  - d. 18 February 1933
  
 For I am not so enamored of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them. I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavor to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God. Yet I hold that completely erroneous views should be shunned. Those who know that the consensus of many centuries has sanctioned the conception that the earth remains at rest in the middle of the heaven as its center would, I reflected, regard it as an insane pronouncement if I made the opposite assertion that the earth moves. 
Author: Nicholaus Copernicus
Nationality: Prussian
b. 19 February 1473  - d. 24 May 1543
  
 I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God. 
Author: Nicholaus Copernicus
Nationality: Prussian
b. 19 February 1473  - d. 24 May 1543
  
 So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it. 
Author: Nicholaus Copernicus
Nationality: Prussian
b. 19 February 1473  - d. 24 May 1543
  
 I read less and less. I have not forgiven books for their failure to tell me the truth and make me happy. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 In the labyrinth of a difficult text, we find unmarked forks in the path, detours, blind alleys, loops that deliver us back to our point of entry, and finally the monster who whispers an unintelligible truth in our ears. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Old and young disbelieve one another's truths. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Only the broken-hearted know the truth about love. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 For the last two years I have been running after pictures, and seeking the truth at second hand. I have not endeavoured to represent nature with the same elevation of mind with which I set out, but have rather tried to make my performances look like the work of other men. There is room enough for a natural painter. The great vice of the present day is bravura, an attempt to do something beyond the truth. 
Author: John Constable
Nationality: English
b. 11 June 1776  - d. 31 March 1837
  
 Faith is the confidence, the assurance, the enforcing truth, the knowing.  
Author: Robert Joseph Collier
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1876  - d. 9 November 1918
  
 The truth is, laughter always sounds more perfect than weeping. Laughter flows in a violent riff and is effortlessly melodic. Weeping is often fought, choked, half strangled, or surrendered to with humiliation. 
Author: Anne Rice
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1941
  
 To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true. 
Author: Bayard Rustin
Nationality: American
b. 17 March 1912  - d. 24 August 1987
  
 I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was much more interested in how I looked playing baseball or football than in actually playing. There's great truth in that. 
Author: John Malkovich
Nationality: American
b. 9 December 1953
  
 Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.  
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 I think it will be found that experience, the true source and foundation of all knowledge, invariably confirms its truth. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 It is an acknowledged truth in philosophy that a just theory will always be confirmed by experiment. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 The speculative philosopher offends against the cause of truth. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 He fixed in me a love of truth, and bent my purpose to pursue it. 
Author: John Woodcock Graves
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 February 1795  - d. 17 August 1886
  
 Civilization has been thrust upon me and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity. 
Author: Luther Standing Bear
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1868  - d.  December 1939
  
 You can read everybody. It's not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it's false. 
Author: Charles Olson
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1910  - d. 10 January 1970
  
 I'm one of those people you hate because of genetics. It is the truth. 
Author: Brad Pitt
Nationality: American
b. 18 December 1963
  
 I guess I'm pretty much of a lone wolf. I don't say I don't like people at all, but, to tell you the truth, I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds. 
Author: Bela Lugosi
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 20 October 1882  - d. 16 August 1956
  
 I'll be truthful. The weekly paycheck is the most important thing to me. 
Author: Bela Lugosi
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 20 October 1882  - d. 16 August 1956
  
 Science is but an image of the truth. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Truth is the daughter of time, not of Literatureity. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 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. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 We are humble enough to say we don't know, what of theologians like McGrath? He knows. He's signed up to the Nicene Creed. The universe was created by a very particular supernatural intelligence who is actually three in one. Not four, not two, but three. Christian doctrine is remarkably specific: not only with cut-and-dried answers to the deep problems of the universe and life, but about the divinity of Jesus, about sin and redemption, heaven and hell, prayer and absolute morality. And yet McGrath has the almighty gall to accuse me of a 'glossy', 'quick fix', naive faith that science has all the answers. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Truth, at the wrong time, can be dangerous. 
Author: Michael Phillip Ondaatje
Nationality: Canadian
b. 12 September 1943
  
 An idea is a putting truth in check-mate. 
Author: Jose Ortega y Gasset
Nationality: Spanish
b. 9 May 1883  - d. 18 October 1955
  
 In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions. 
Author: William Osler
Nationality: Canadian
b. 12 July 1849  - d. 29 December 1919
  
 No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition. 
Author: William Osler
Nationality: Canadian
b. 12 July 1849  - d. 29 December 1919
  
 There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs. 
Author: William Osler
Nationality: Canadian
b. 12 July 1849  - d. 29 December 1919
  
 Edie knew the truth about all of us. She knew who had flat fannies and who didn't - but she never told. 
Author: Lucille Ball
Nationality: American
b. 6 August 1911  - d. 26 April 1989
  
 Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction 
Author: Marquis de Sade
Nationality: French
b. 2 June 1740  - d. 2 December 1814
  
 There is an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny. 
Author: Irving Berlin
Nationality: American
b. 11 May 1888  - d. 22 September 1989
  
 A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life. 
Author: Lewis Mumford
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1895  - d. 26 January 1990
  
 The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time. 
Author: David Bowie
Nationality: English
b. 8 January 1947
  
 Here's the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don't find it anywhere else. Songs like "Let Me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain" or "I Saw the Light" - that's my religion. I don't adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists, all of that. I've learned more from the songs than I've learned from any of this kind of entity. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 I would always encourage people of any age not to be so quick to follow other people's truths but to search and follow your own moral code and live by your own integrity, and mostly just be brave. 
Author: Jewel
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The audience is the best judge of anything. They cannot be lied to. Truth brings them closer. A moment that lags - they're gonna cough. 
Author: Barbra Streisand
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1942
  
 To attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing the Darkness. It cannot be. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 Truth suffers from too much analysis. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth. 
Author: Auguste Rodin
Nationality: French
b. 12 November 1840  - d. 17 November 1917
  
 Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Cautiousness in judgment is nowadays to be recommended to each and every one:. If we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient. To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 If it were true what in the end would be gained? Nothing but another truth. Is this such a mighty advantage? We have enough old truths still to digest, and even these we would be quite unable to endure if we did not sometimes flavor them with lies. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 There are people who believe everything is sane and sensible that is done with a solemn face. It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth - into a liar - that I call an achievement. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 It is said that truth comes from the mouths of fools and children: I wish every good mind which feels an inclination for satire would reflect that the finest satirist always has something of both in him. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 The truth doesn't hurt unless it ought to. 
Author: B. C. Forbes
Nationality: Scottish
b. 14 May 1880  - d. 6 May 1954
  
 Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of judgment not to be deceived by them. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. 
Author: Isaac Newton
Nationality: English
b. 4 January 1642  - d. 31 March 1727
  
 To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me. 
Author: Isaac Newton
Nationality: English
b. 4 January 1642  - d. 31 March 1727
  
 Among the existing religions of the world Islam is the only one which can answer the demand of Western life, but owing to political reasons a prejudice against Islam has existed in the West for a long time. Also, the Christian missionaries, knowing that Islam is the only religion which can succeed their faith, have done everything within their power to prejudice the minds of Western people against it. Therefore there is little chance of Islam being accepted in the West. However, those seekers after religious ideals have more or less regard for the religions of the East and those who seek after truth show a desire to investigate Eastern thought 
Author: Inayat Khan
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 July 1882  - d. 5 February 1927
  
 Shatter your ideals on the rock of Truth. 
Author: Inayat Khan
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 July 1882  - d. 5 February 1927
  
 Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. 
Author: Louis Kahn
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1901  - d. 17 March 1974
  
 When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall - think of it, always. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 A non-violent army acts unlike armed men, as well in times of peace as in times of disturbances. Theirs will be the duty of bringing warring communities together, carrying peace propaganda, engaging in activities that would bring and keep them in touch with every single person in their parish or division. Such an army should be ready to cope with any emergency, and in order to still the frenzy of mobs should risk their lives in numbers sufficient for that purpose. Satyagraha - truth-force - brigades can be organized in every village and every block of buildings in the cities. If the non-violent society is attacked from without there are two ways open to non-violence. To yield possession, but non-cooperate with the aggressor, prefer death to submission. The second way would be non-violent resistance by the people who have been trained in the non-violent way. The unexpected spectacle of endless rows upon rows of men and women simply dying rather than surrender to the will of an aggressor must ultimately melt him and his soldiery. A nation or group which has made non-violence its final policy cannot be subjected to slavery even by the atom bomb. The level of non-violence in that nation, if that even happily comes to pass, will naturally have risen so high as to command universal respect. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist. 
Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1905  - d. 15 April 1980
  
 Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth. 
Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1905  - d. 15 April 1980
  
 At first I was surprised that anyone should think that I would want to run for office, or that I was fitted to hold office. Then I realized that some people felt that I must have learned something from my husband in all the years that he was in public life! They also knew that I had stressed the fact that women should accept responsibility as citizens. I heard that I was being offered the nomination for governor or for the United States Senate in my own state, and even for Vice President. And some particularly humorous souls wrote in and suggested that I run as the first woman President of the United States! The simple truth is that I have had my fill of public life of the more or less stereotyped kind. 
Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 10 October 1884  - d. 7 November 1962
  
 Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 We want to assert the very principle that truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth. 
Author: Roland Barthes
Nationality: French
b. 12 November 1915  - d. 25 March 1980
  
 I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they go right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart, so that better things can fall together. 
Author: Marilyn Monroe
Nationality: American
b. 1 June 1926  - d. 5 August 1962
  
 The truth is, sex doesn't mean that much to me now. 
Author: Lana Turner
Nationality: American
b. 8 February 1920  - d. 29 June 1995
  
 Here is the brutal truth that no one dares to mention: We're too few because too many of our babies have been killed. Over 45 million since Roe v. Wade in 1973. If those 45 million children had lived, today they would be defending our country, they would be filling our jobs, they would be paying into Social Security. Still, we watch as 3,700 babies are killed every single day in America. It is unbelievable that a nation under God would allow this. 
Author: Zell Miller
Nationality: American
b. 24 February 1932
  
 Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 A knowledge of the true age of the earth and of the fossil record makes it impossible for any balanced intellect to believe in the literal truth of every part of the Bible in the way that fundamentalists do. And if some of the Bible is manifestly wrong, why should any of the rest of it be accepted automatically? 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 The truth is that men are tired of liberty. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 Then again, they're not scripted and I feel it's virtually impossible to be anything but yourself when you're in front of the cameras and cooking so there is a measure of truth in what you see. 
Author: Nigella Lucy Lawson
Nationality: English
b. 6 January 1960
  
 They must find it difficult, those who have taken Literatureity as truth, rather than truth as Literatureity. 
Author: Gerald Massey
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1828  - d. 29 October 1907
  
 To lord all Godland! lift the brow Familiar to the moon, to top The universal world, to prop The hollow heavens up, to vow Stern constancy with stars, to keep Eternal watch while eons sleep; To tower proudly up and touch God's purple garment-hems that sweep The cold blue north! Oh, this were much! Where storm-born shadows hide and hunt I knew thee, in thy glorious youth, And loved thy vast face, white as truth; I stood where thunderbolts were wont To smite thy Titan-fashioned front, And heard dark mountains rock and roll; I saw the lightning's gleaming rod Reach forth and write on heaven's scroll The awful autograph of God! 
Author: Joaquin Miller
Nationality: American
b. December 1841  - d.  December 1913
  
 He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers. 
Author: Charles Peguy
Nationality: French
b. 7 January 1873  - d. 5 September 1914
  
 That justice should be administered between men, it is necessary that testimonies of fact be alleged; and that witnesses should apprehend themselves greatly obliged to discover the truth, according to their conscience, in dark and doubtful cases. 
Author: Isaac Barrow
Nationality: English
b. October 1630  - d. 4 May 1677
  
 Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Half a truth is often a great lie. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art - or almost the only stuff. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 But the sunshine aye shall light the sky, As round and round we run; And the Truth shall ever come uppermost, And Justice shall be done. 
Author: Charles Mackay
Nationality: Scottish
b. 27 March 1814  - d. 24 December 1889
  
 Truth, and if mine eyes Can bear its blaze, and trace its symmetries, Measure its distance, and its advent wait, I am no prophet - I but calculate. 
Author: Charles Mackay
Nationality: Scottish
b. 27 March 1814  - d. 24 December 1889
  
 Your days are short here; this is the last of your springs. And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven. You will go away with old, good friends. And don't forget when you leave why you came. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 Every juror swears that he will give a true verdict according to his evidence. The sacred obligation of this oath demands, that to unanimity truth shall not be made a sacrifice. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood. 
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 April 1889  - d. 29 April 1951
  
 When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of. 
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 April 1889  - d. 29 April 1951
  
 Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 But if you want to know the truth, the weirdest thing that has happened has been my discovery that people who attend the conventions are filled with love. 
Author: William Shatner
Nationality: Canadian
b. 22 March 1931
  
 I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth. 
Author: Christopher Hampton
Nationality: British
b. 26 January 1946
  
 It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him. 
Author: Max Planck
Nationality: German
b. 23 April 1858  - d. 4 October 1947
  
 But oft-times fain to wander in the America and untravelled parts of truth. 
Author: Thomas Browne
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1605  - d. 19 October 1682
  
 Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward. 
Author: Georges Bernanos
Nationality: French
b. 21 February 1888  - d. 5 June 1948
  
 What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast! 
Author: Georges Bernanos
Nationality: French
b. 21 February 1888  - d. 5 June 1948
  
 Everything that is thought and expressed in words is one-sided, only half the truth; it all lacks totality, completeness, unity. When the Illustrious Buddha taught about the world, he had to divide it into Samsara and Nirvana, illusion and truth, into suffering and salvation. One cannot do otherwise, there is no other method for those who teach. But the world itself, being in and around us, is never one-sided. Never is a man or a deed wholly Samsara or wholly Nirvana; never is a man wholly a saint or a sinner.  
Author: Hermann Hesse
Nationality: Swiss
b. 2 July 1877  - d. 9 August 1962
  
 Though Truth and Falsehood be Near twins, yet Truth a little elder is. 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 Caricature is rough truth. 
Author: George Meredith
Nationality: English
b. 12 February 1828  - d. 18 May 1909
  
 The well of true wit is truth itself. 
Author: George Meredith
Nationality: English
b. 12 February 1828  - d. 18 May 1909
  
 Telling the truth to people who misunderstand you is generally promoting a falsehood, isn't it? 
Author: Anthony Hope
Nationality: English
b. 9 February 1863  - d. 8 July 1933
  
 I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling. 
Author: Fanny Burney
Nationality: English
b. December 1752  - d.  December 1840
  
 There is no truth. There is only perception. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 They treat me like a fox, a cunning fellow of the first rank. But the truth is that with a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and when I have to deal with a pirate, I try to be a pirate and a half. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 People do not always understand the motives of sublime conduct, and when they are astonished they are very apt to think they ought to be alarmed. The truth is none are fit judges of greatness but those who are capable of it. 
Author: Jane Porter
Nationality: English
b. December 1776  - d.  December 1850
  
 We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond.  
Author: Marcel Proust
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1871  - d. 18 November 1922
  
 I'll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 The cops picked me up for attempted murder. I can still see the detectives, licking their chops. Thought they had me. Two weeks later, the cat came out of a coma and told the truth. I was innocent. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn't swallow the hypocrisy. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity; tho' it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 My belief is that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. 
Author: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Nationality: American
b. 10 May 1940
  
 Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous. 
Author: Mencius
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 372  - d.  December 289
  
 Nothing but truth is lovely, nothing fair. 
Author: Nicholas Boileau-Despréaux
Nationality: French
b. December 1636  - d.  December 1711
  
 Truth has not such an urgent air. 
Author: Nicholas Boileau-Despréaux
Nationality: French
b. December 1636  - d.  December 1711
  
 In truth, I am nothing but a plodding mediocrity - please observe, a plodding mediocrity - for a mere mediocrity does not go very far, but a plodding one gets quite a distance. There is joy in that success, and a distinction can come from courage, fidelity and industry. 
Author: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1870  - d. 9 July 1938
  
 There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy. Get these things out in the open, describe them, attack them, ridicule them in the press, and sooner or later public opinion will sweep them away. Publicity may not be the only thing that is needed, but it is the one thing without which all other agencies will fail. 
Author: Joseph Pulitzer
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1847  - d. 29 October 1911
  
 We cannot use Russia's methods, as they only and at best prove that the economy of an agrarian nation can be leveled to the ground; Russia's thoughts are not our thoughts. They are, as it is in the spirit of the Russian city intelligentsia, unphilosophical, and highly dialectic; they are passionate logic based on unverified suppositions. They assume that a single good, the destruction of the capitalist class, weighs more than all other goods, and that poverty, dictatorship, terror and the fall of civilization must be accepted to secure this one good. 
Author: Walter Rathenau
Nationality: German
b. 29 September 1867  - d. 24 June 1922
  
 Not only had I got rid of the theology and the supernatural, but I had found the truth of evolution. 
Author: Andrew Carnegie
Nationality: American
b. 25 November 1835  - d. 11 August 1919
  
 From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts. 
Author: Tom Stoppard
Nationality: British
b. 3 July 1937
  
 Eclecticism - every truth is so true that any truth must be false. 
Author: F. H. Bradley
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1846  - d. 18 September 1924
  
 There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth. 
Author: F. H. Bradley
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1846  - d. 18 September 1924
  
 I Have Abandoned My Search for Truth, and Am Now Looking for a Good Fantasy. 
Author: Ashleigh Brilliant
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1933
  
 Science is knowledge arranged and classified according to truth, facts, and the general laws of nature. 
Author: Luther Burbank
Nationality: American
b. 7 March 1849  - d. 11 April 1926
  
 The scientist is a lover of truth for the very love of truth itself, wherever it may lead. 
Author: Luther Burbank
Nationality: American
b. 7 March 1849  - d. 11 April 1926
  
 Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul. 
Author: George Bancroft
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1800  - d. 17 January 1891
  
 American historians, in their eagerness to present facts and their laudable concern to tell the truth, have neglected the literary aspects of their craft. They have forgotten that there is an art of writing history. 
Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1887  - d. 15 May 1976
  
 Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off. 
Author: Gloria Steinem
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1934
  
 Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 We do not need a truth to serve us, we need a truth that we can serve. 
Author: Jacques Maritain
Nationality: French
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 28 April 1973
  
 Many so-called tricks of today become the truths of tomorrow. 
Author: Man Ray
Nationality: American
b. 27 August 1890  - d. 18 November 1976
  
 To me a real patriot is like a real friend. Who's your real friend? It's the person who tells you the truth. That's who my real friends are. So, you know, I think as far as our country goes, we need more people who will do that. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 A fact which is not denied but whose truths are rationalized loses its objective base. It ceases to be concrete and becomes a myth created in defense of the class of the perceiver. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 This work deals with a very obvious truth: just as the oppressor, in order to oppress, needs a theory of oppressive action, so the oppressed, in order to become free, also need a theory of action. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Governments are not built to perceive large truths. Only people can perceive great truths. Governments specialize in small and intermediate truths. They have to be instructed by their people in great truths. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 There are different kinds of truths for different kinds of people. There are truths appropriate for children; truths that are appropriate for students; truths that are appropriate for educated adults; and truths that are appropriate for highly educated adults, and the notion that there should be one set of truths available to everyone is a modern democratic fallacy. It doesn't work. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 Without the Way, there is no going, Without the Truth, there is no knowing, Without the Life, there is no living. 
Author: Thomas à Kempis
Nationality: German
b. December 1380  - d.  December 1471
  
 But whether it be dream or truth, to do well is what matters. If it be truth, for truth's sake. If not, then to gain friends for the time when we awaken. 
Author: Pedro Calderon
Nationality: Spanish
b. 17 January 1600  - d. 25 May 1681
  
 Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it. 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one track of light; every eye, looking on, finds its own 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith. 
Author: Christopher Fry
Nationality: English
b. 18 December 1907  - d. 30 June 2005
  
 Imagination is the wide-open eye which leads us always to see truth more vividly. 
Author: Christopher Fry
Nationality: English
b. 18 December 1907  - d. 30 June 2005
  
 A pessimist is a man who tells the truth prematurely. 
Author: Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 1 April 1868  - d. 2 December 1918
  
 Is discord going to show itself while we are still fighting, is the Jew once again worth less than another? Oh, it is sad, very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed: "What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews." 
Author: Anne Frank
Nationality: German
b. 12 June 1929  - d.  March 1945
  
 There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. 
Author: Antisthenes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 445  - d.  December 365
  
 Man associates ideas not according to logic or verifiable exactitude, but according to his pleasure and interests. It is for this reason that most truths are nothing but prejudices.  
Author: Remy de Gourmont
Nationality: French
b. 4 April 1858  - d. 27 September 1915
  
 The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it. 
Author: Remy de Gourmont
Nationality: French
b. 4 April 1858  - d. 27 September 1915
  
 Two elements are needed to form a truth - a fact and an abstraction. 
Author: Remy de Gourmont
Nationality: French
b. 4 April 1858  - d. 27 September 1915
  
 Democracy gives the beatification of mediocrity a certain appearance of objective and demonstrable truth. The mob man, functioning as citizen, gets a feeling that he is really important to the world - that he is genuinely running things. Out of his maudlin herding after rogues and mountebanks there comes to him a sense of vast and mysterious power- which is what makes archbishops, police sergeants, the grand goblins of the Ku Klux and other such magnificoes happy. And out of it there comes, too, a conviction that he is somehow wise, that his views are taken seriously by his betters - which is what makes United States Senators, fortune tellers and Young Intellectuals happy. Finally, there comes out of it a glowing consciousness of a high duty triumphantly done which is what makes hangmen and husbands happy. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 It was said that I refused to grant any value to the maternal instinct and to love. This was not so. I simply asked that women should experience them truthfully and freely, whereas they often use them as excuses and take refuge in them, only to find themselves imprisoned in that refuge when those emotions have dried up in their hearts. I was accused of preaching sexual promiscuity; but at no point did I ever advise anyone to sleep with just anyone at just any time; my opinion on this subject is that all choices, agreements and refusals should be made independently of institutions, conventions and motives of self-aggrandizement; if the reasons for it are not of the same order as the act itself, then the only result can be lies, distortions and mutilations. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it. Psychiatrists have told me that they give The Second Sex to their women patients to read, and not merely to intellectual women but to lower-middle-class women, to office workers and women working in factories. 'Your book was a great help to me. Your book saved me,' are the words I have read in letters from women of all ages and all walks of life. If my book has helped women, it is because it expressed them, and they in their turn gave it its truth. Thanks to them, it is no longer a matter for scandal and concern. During these last ten years the myths that men created have crumbled, and many women writers have gone beyond me and have been far more daring than I. Too many of them for my taste take sexuality as their only theme; but at least when they write about it they now present themselves as the eye-that-looks, as subject, consciousness, freedom. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 In spite of so many stubborn lies, at every moment, at every opportunity, the truth comes to light, the truth of life and death, of my solitude and my bond with the world, of my freedom and my servitude, of the insignificance and the sovereign importance of each man and all men. There was Stalingrad and there was Buchenwald, and neither of the two wipes out the other. Since we do not succeed in fleeing it, let us therefore try to look the truth in the face. Let us try to assume our fundamental ambiguity. It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our life that we must draw our strength to live and our reason for acting. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 Science condemns itself to failure when, yielding to the infatuation of the serious, it aspires to attain being, to contain it, and to possess it; but it finds its truth if it considers itself as a free engagement of thought in the given, aiming, at each discovery, not at fusion with the thing, but at the possibility of new discoveries; what the mind then projects is the concrete accomplishment of its freedom. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary. 
Author: Galileo Galilei
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 February 1564  - d. 8 January 1642
  
 In the society of men the truth resides now less in what things are than in what they are not. Our social realities are so ugly if seen in the light of exiled truth, and beauty is no longer possible if it is not a lie. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 I guess what I like the least about this is would be that there doesn't seem to be too much interest or room for the simple truth 
Author: Julia Roberts
Nationality: American
b. 28 October 1967
  
 Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 Today, in too many of our schools our children are being robbed of their innocence. Their minds are being poisoned against their Judeo-Christian heritage, against America's heroes and against American history, against the values of faith and family and country. Eternal truths that do not change from the Old and New Testament have been expelled from our public schools, and our children are being indoctrinated in moral relativism, and the propaganda of an anti-Western ideology. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 It was Wilsonism, liberal interventionism, not 'isolationism,' that created the moral-political swamp in which fascism, Hitlerism, and Stalinism were spawned. Unable to deal with the truth - that their own heroes produced the disasters that may yet ring down the curtain on Western Civilization - the blind children of Wilson now scapegoat Pius XII and America First. Do those attacking me realize they are defending the policies that produced World War II and virtual annihilation of the Jewish population of Europe? While the West is busy erecting Holocaust museums, it has failed to study the history that produced it. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 It is doubtless one of Aristotle's great services that he conceived so clearly the truth that literature is a thing that grows and has a history. 
Author: Gilbert Murray
Nationality: English
b. 3 January 1866  - d. 20 May 1957
  
 There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth. 
Author: Marie Curie
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1867  - d. 4 July 1934
  
 In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.  
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 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. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth. 
Author: Marcus Porcius Cato the Elder
Nationality: Roman
b. December 234  - d.  December 149
  
 To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable, we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 All I can hope to teach my son is to tell the truth and fear no man. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 In truth, the whole progress of civilization is based upon this power. Once more the upward progress of terrestrial life towards individuality has found apparently insurmountable obstacles, gross material difficulties before it, but once more through consciousness it finds wings, and, laughing at matter, flies over lightly where it could not climb. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 The last two thousand years have seen the development of elaborate monotheistic theologies; but in the process their single God has broken into many, or at least has assumed a number of distinct and indeed sometimes actively hostile forms; and their nominal universalism has degenerated into competition for the possession of absolute truth. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 What we now need is a multitude of participants to take part in the great discussion and to join in the search for the larger truth and the more fruitful patterns of belief which we confidently believe is waiting to be elicited. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 The possible truths, hazily perceived in the world of abstraction, like those inferred from observation and experiment in the world of matter, are forced upon the profane multitudes, too busy to think for themselves, under the form of Divine revelation and scientific authority. But the same question stands open from the days of Socrates and Pilate down to our own age of wholesale negation: is there such a thing as absolute truth in the hands of any one party or man? Reason answers, "there cannot be." There is no room for absolute truth upon any subject whatsoever, in a world as finite and conditioned as man is himself. But there are relative truths, and we have to make the best we can of them. 
Author: H. P. Blavatsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 July 1831  - d. 8 May 1891
  
 Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Much has been said of Mahomet's propagating his Religion by the sword. It is no doubt far nobler what we have to boast of the Christian Religion, that it propagated itself peaceably in the way of preaching and conviction. Yet withal, if we take this for an argument of the truth or falsehood of a religion, there is a radical mistake in it. The sword indeed: but where will you get your sword! Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. In one man's head alone, there it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it; there is one man against all men. That he take a sword, and try to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must first get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can. We do not find, of the Christian Religion either, that it always disdained the sword, when once it had got one. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 She requires of a thing only that it be genuine of heart; she will protect it if so; will not, if not so. There is a soul of truth in all the things she ever gave harbor to. Alas, is not this the history of all highest Truth that comes or ever came into the world? 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 The yellow wheat is growing there, the good Earth is silent about all the rest, has silently turned all the rest to some benefit too, and makes no complaint about it! So everywhere in Nature! She is true and not a lie; and yet so great, and just, and motherly in her truth.  
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 No Dilettantism in this Mahomet, it is a business of Reprobation and Salvation with him, of Time and Eternity: he is in deadly earnest about it! Dilettantism, hypothesis, speculation, a kind of amateur-search for truth, toying and coquetting with truth: this is the sorest sin. The root of all other imaginable sins. It consists in the heart and soul of the man never having been open to Truth, "living in a vain show." Such a man not only utters and produces falsehoods, but is himself a falsehood. The rational moral principle, spark of the Divinity, is sunk deep in him, in quiet paralysis of life-death. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Call it not false; look not at the falsehood of it, look at the truth of it. For these twelve centuries, it has been the religion and life-guidance of the fifth part of the whole kindred of Mankind. Above all things, it has been a religion heartily believed. These Arabs believe their religion, and try to live by it! No Christians, since the early ages, or only perhaps the English Puritans in modern times, have ever stood by their Faith as the Moslem do by theirs, believing it wholly, fronting Time with it, and Eternity with it. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 A vision of truth which does not call upon us to get out of our armchair - why, this is the desideratum of mankind. 
Author: John Jay Chapman
Nationality: American
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1933
  
 Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same - hardihood. Give them raw truth. 
Author: John Jay Chapman
Nationality: American
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1933
  
 I am a lie who always speaks the truth. 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 There are truths which one can only say after having won the right to say them. 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 Truth is a river that is always splitting up into arms that reunite. Islanded between the arms, the inhabitants argue for a lifetime as to which is the main river 
Author: Cyril Connolly
Nationality: English
b. 10 September 1903  - d. 26 November 1974
  
 It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 The War Zone is right. It's the truth. It's the truth about this subject. And I'm bullet-proof on that. Probably more so than I will be on any other film that I make as a director. 
Author: Tim Roth
Nationality: English
b. 14 May 1961
  
 Our hope is less to last through Art than deeper searching of the heart, than broader range of uttered truth. 
Author: Francis Turner Palgrave
Nationality: British
b. 28 September 1824  - d. 24 October 1897
  
 He had enormous and poetic admiration, though very little understanding, of all mechanical devices. They were his symbols of truth and beauty. Regarding each new intricate mechanism - metal lathe, two-jet carburetor, machine gun, oxyacetylene welder - he learned one good realistic-sounding phrase, and used it over and over, with a delightful feeling of being technical and initiated. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 In the study of the profession to which he had looked forward all his life he found irritation and vacuity as well as serene wisdom; he saw no one clear path to Truth but a thousand paths to a thousand truths far-off and doubtful. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 She had called Martin a 'lie-hunter,' a 'truth-seeker.' They decided now that most people who call themselves 'truth-seekers - persons who scurry about chattering of Truth as though it were a tangible separable thing, like houses or salt or bread - did not so much desire to find Truth as to cure their mental itch. In novels, these truth-seekers quested the 'secret of life' in laboratories which did not seem to be provided with Bunsen flames or reagents; or they went, at great expense and much discomfort from hot trains and undesirable snakes, to Himalayan monasteries, to learn from unaseptic sages that the Mind can do all sort of edifying things if one will but spend thirty or forty years in eating rice and gazing on one's navel. To these high matters Martin responded, 'Rot!' He insisted that there is no Truth but only many truths; that Truth is not a colored bird to be chased among the rocks and captured by its tail, but a skeptical attitude toward life. He insisted that no one could expect more than, by stubbornness or luck, to have the kind of work he enjoyed and an ability to become better acquainted with the facts of that work than the average job-holder. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Perhaps I am a crank, Martin. There are many who hate me. There are plots against me - oh, you t'ink I imagine it, but you shall see! I make many mistakes. But one thing I keep always pure: the religion of a scientist. To be a scientist - it is not just a different job, so that a man should choose between being a scientist and being an explorer or a bond-salesman or a physician or a king or a farmer. It is a tangle of ver-y obscure emotions, like mysticism, or wanting to write poetry; it makes its victim all different from the good normal man. The normal man, he does not care much what he does except that he should eat and sleep and make love. But the scientist is intensely religious - he is so religious that he will not accept quarter-truths, because they are an insult to his faith. He wants that everything should be subject to inexorable laws. He is equal opposed to the capitalists who t'ink their silly money-grabbing is a system, and to liberals who t'ink man is not a fighting animal; he takes both the American booster and the European aristocrat, and he ignores all their blithering. Ignores it! All of it! He hates the preachers who talk their fables, but he iss not too kindly to the anthropologists and historians who can only make guesses, yet they have the nerf to call themselves scientists! Oh, yes, he is a man that all nice good-natured people should naturally hate!  
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 I was brought up to believe that the Christian God wasn't a scared and compromising public servant, but the creator of the whole merciless truth, and I reckon that training spoiled me - I actually took my teachers seriously! 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? 
Author: Jane Wagner
Nationality: American
b. 2 February 1935
  
 The best mind-altering drug is truth. 
Author: Jane Wagner
Nationality: American
b. 2 February 1935
  
 I don't think homosexuality is a choice. Society forces you to think it's a choice, but in fact, it's in one's nature. The choice is whether one expresses one's nature truthfully or spends the rest of one's life lying about it. 
Author: Marlo Thomas
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1937
  
 Truth like everything should be economized. 
Author: Charles Prestwich Scott
Nationality: British
b. 26 October 1846  - d. 1 January 1932
  
 The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 Time! Time! Time! - we must not impugn the Scripture Chronology, but we must interpret it in accordance with whatever shall appear on fair enquiry to be the truth for there cannot be two truths. And really there is scope enough: for the lives of the Patriarchs may as reasonably be extended to 5000 or 50000 years apiece as the days of Creation to as many thousand millions of years 
Author: John Frederick William Herschel
Nationality: English
b. 7 March 1792  - d. 11 May 1871
  
 Man's inhumanity to man" is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep. 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 There is no tariff so injurious as that with which sectarian bigotry guards its commodities. It dwarfs the soul by shutting out truths from other continents of thought, and checks the circulation of its own. 
Author: Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1814  - d. 26 December 1880
  
 The art of the theater is action. It is the study of commitment. The word is an act. To SAY the word in such a way as to make it heard and understood by all in the theater is a commitment - it is the highest art to see a human being out on a stage speaking to a thousand of his or her peers saying, 'These words which I am speaking are the TRUTH - they are not an approximation of any kind. They are the God's truth, and I support them with my life,' which is what the actor does on stage. 
Author: David Mamet
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1947
  
 The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 Truth is a tendency. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Without free speech no search for truth is possible - no discovery of truth is useful. 
Author: Charles Bradlaugh
Nationality: British
b. 26 September 1833  - d. 30 January 1891
  
 Beauty and Truth, tho' never found, are worthy to be sought. 
Author: Robert Williams Buchanan
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1841  - d.  December 1901
  
 Every failure is a step to success. Every detection of what is false directs us towards what is true: every trial exhausts some tempting form of error. Not only so; but scarcely any attempt is entirely a failure; scarcely any theory, the result of steady thought, is altogether false; no tempting form of Error is without some latent charm derived from Truth. 
Author: William Whewell
Nationality: English
b. 24 May 1794  - d. 6 March 1866
  
 In art, truth is a means to an end; in science, it is the only end. 
Author: William Whewell
Nationality: English
b. 24 May 1794  - d. 6 March 1866
  
 God help us from those who believe that they are the sole possessors of truth. How we manage at times to agree willingly to become prisoners within our own minds and souls of beliefs and ideas on which we can never be flexible. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects, totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 When I was 15, I changed it legally. In retrospect, I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn't fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name. I picked Portia because I was a Shakespeare fan. De Rossi because I was Australian and I thought that an exotic Italian name would somehow suit me more than Amanda Rogers. When you live in Australia, Europe is so far away and so fascinating, so stylish and cultured and sophisticated.[ 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 It just obviously wasn't right for me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I hold to the classical Christian view of the relationship between general revelation and special revelation, and the thesis that no truth of any kind can be discovered apart from God's revelation. With Augustine, Aquinas, and all of orthodox Christianity, I believe that all truth is God's truth. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Australian   
 Mohammed's truth lay in a holy Book, Christ's in a sacred Life. 
Author: Richard Monckton Milnes
Nationality: English
b. 19 July 1809  - d. 11 August 1885
  
 Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down. down. Amen! If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it. 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 The discourse of truth is quite simply impossible. It eludes itself. Everything eludes itself, everything scoffs at its own truth, seduction renders everything elusive. The fury to unveil the truth, to get at the naked truth, the one which haunts all discourses of interpretation, the obscene rage to uncover the secret, is proportionate to the impossibility of ever achieving this. ...But this rage, this fury, only bears witness to the eternity of seduction and to the impossibility of mastering it. 
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1929  - d. 6 March 2007
  
 If the thought enunciates an object as a truth, it is only as a challenge to this object's own self-fulfillment.  
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1929  - d. 6 March 2007
  
 The simulacrum now hides, not the truth, but the fact that there is none, that is to say, the continuation of Nothingness. 
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1929  - d. 6 March 2007
  
 The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth. 
Author: Pierre Bayle
Nationality: French
b. 18 November 1647  - d. 28 December 1706
  
 No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth. 
Author: Martha Beck
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1962
  
 Vladimir: Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today? That with Estragon my friend, at this place, until the fall of night, I waited for Godot? That Pozzo passed, with his carrier, and that he spoke to us? Probably. But in all that what truth will there be? (Estragon, having struggled with his boots in vain, is dozing off again. Vladimir looks at him.) He'll know nothing. He'll tell me about the blows he received and I'll give him a carrot. (Pause.) Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly, the grave digger puts on the forceps. We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. (He listens.) But habit is a great deadener. (He looks again at Estragon.) At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing, let him sleep on. (Pause.) I can't go on! (Pause.) What have I said? 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 All this business of a labour to accomplish, before I can end, of words to say, a truth to recover, in order to say it, before I can end, of an imposed task, once known, long neglected, finally forgotten, to perform, before I can be done with speaking, done with listening, I invented it all, in the hope it would console me, help me to go on, allow me to think of myself as somewhere on a road, moving, between a beginning and an end, gaining ground, losing ground, getting lost, but somehow in the long run making headway. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 As a minister, I experienced the power of industrialists and bankers to get their way by use of the crudest form of economic pressure, even blackmail, against a Labour Government. Compared to this, the pressure brought to bear in industrial disputes is minuscule. This power was revealed even more clearly in 1976 when the IMF secured cuts in our public expenditure. These lessons led me to the conclusion that the UK is only superficially governed by MPs and the voters who elect them. Parliamentary democracy is, in truth, little more than a means of securing a periodical change in the management team, which is then allowed to preside over a system that remains in essence intact. If the British people were ever to ask themselves what power they truly enjoyed under our political system they would be amazed to discover how little it is, and some new Chartist agitation might be born and might quickly gather momentum. 
Author: Tony Benn
Nationality: British
b. 3 April 1925
  
 This sudden and unexpected revelation of Shakespeare overwhelmed me. The lightning-flash of his genius revealed the whole heaven of art to me, illuminating its remotest depths in a single flash. I recognised the meaning of real grandeur, real beauty, and the real dramatic truth. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 Ardent desire for knowledge, in fact, is the one motive attracting and supporting investigators in their efforts; and just this knowledge, really grasped and yet always flying before them, becomes at once their sole torment and their sole happiness....A man of science rises ever, in seeking truth; and if he never finds it in its wholeness, he discovers nevertheless very significant fragments; and these fragments of universal truth are precisely what constitutes science. 
Author: Claude Bernard
Nationality: French
b. 12 July 1813  - d. 10 February 1878
  
 Ardent desire for knowledge, in fact, is the one motive attracting and supporting investigators in their efforts; and just this knowledge, really grasped and yet always flying before them, becomes at once their sole torment and their sole happiness....A man of science rises ever, in seeking truth; and if he never finds it in its wholeness, he discovers nevertheless very significant fragments; and these fragments of universal truth are precisely what constitutes science. 
Author: Claude Bernard
Nationality: French
b. 12 July 1813  - d. 10 February 1878
  
 A soldier whose business is murder as a fine art, a diplomat whose calling is based on deception and secretiveness, a politician whose very life consists in compromises with his conscience, a business man whose aim is personal profit within the limits allowed by a lenient law - such may be excused if they set patriotic deception above common everyday decency and perform services as spies. They merely accept the code of morality to which modern society still conforms. Not so the scientist. The very essence of his life is the service of truth. We all know scientists who in private life do not come up to the standard of truthfulness, but who, nevertheless, would not consciously falsify the results of their researches. It is bad enough if we have to put up with these, because they reveal a lack of strength of character that is liable to distort the results of their work. A person, however, who uses science as a cover for political spying, who demeans himself to pose before a foreign government as an investigator and asks for assistance in his alleged researches in order to carry on, under this cloak, his political machinations, prostitutes science in an unpardonable way and forfeits the right to be classed as a scientist. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story. 
Author: Walter Cronkite
Nationality: American
b. 4 November 1916
  
 The EU-3 would rather continue to participate in fraudulent diplomacy rather than confront the hard truth - that it is the United States, and not Iran, that is operating outside international law when it comes to the issue of Iran's nuclear programme. 
Author: Scott Ritter
Nationality: American
b. 15 July 1961
  
 It is the human condition to question one god after another, one appearance after another, or better, one apparition after another, always pursuing the truth of the imagination, which is not the same as the truth of appearance. 
Author: Emile Chartier
Nationality: French
b. 3 March 1868  - d. 2 June 1951
  
 I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 We would do absolutely nothing. Now that's a blunt, truthful answer. 
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 Despite the amount of suffering, pain, misery, sorrow and travail which can exist in life, the reason for existence is the same reason as one has to play a game - interest, contest, activity and possession. The truth of this assertion is established by an observation of the elements of games and then applying these elements to life itself. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Scientology means scio, knowing in the fullest sense of the word and logos, study. In itself the word means knowing how to know.Scientology is a 'route', a way, rather than a dissertation or assertive body of knowledge. Through its drills and studies one may find the truth for himself. The technology is therefore not expounded as something to believe, but something to do. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Unethical conduct is actually the conduct of destruction and fear; lies are told because one is afraid of the consequences should one tell the truth; thus, the liar is inevitably a coward, the coward is inevitably a liar. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Despite the amount of suffering, pain, misery, sorrow and travail which can exist in life, the reason for existence is the same reason as one has to play a game - interest, contest, activity and possession. The truth of this assertion is established by an observation of the elements of games and then applying these elements to life itself. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Don't ever try to stop truth. It's the only thing that can go through 16-inch armor plate. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 All disturbance and chaos folds up in the teeth of truth. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 How does life become totally painful? By total retreat. Total noninspection becomes total pain.... But existence is basically composed of a very few truths onto which have hung a great many artificialities and which man has adorned with enormous numbers of lies. And man is prisoner of his own shadows. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Ninety-nine percent of what my father ever wrote or said about himself to the press, the media, the public and the membership is totally and completely untrue and false. So therefore that old phrase "Consider the source" cannot just be applied to me but must be applied to him also. And this phrase, "Consider the source" is in itself totally and completely inaccurate and is only a statement to dead-agent both myself and my father - or anyone else for that matter. What is appropriate, true and accurate is: "Consider the facts and consider the truth". 
Author: Ronald DeWolf
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1934
  
 Truth existed before the world began and will still be persisting until long after the world ends, so therefore "source of truth" really has no bearing on anything. What is important is the discovery of truth and its application. That is, to what purpose is the truth put, to what goals it is used for, the method in which the truth is applied, to what benefit the truth is used, that is, who benefits by its use or its non-use or its being hidden or exposed. Such things as truth, facts, knowledge and discoveries, and techniques, are tools, and they in themselves don't have the ability to create or cause any action, effect or result. It is what people do with them that is important. It's the Being behind the tool. A scalpel can cut your throat or it can repair a body. A hammer can bash somebody's brains out or build a house. Therefore, what's more important is the individual's intention and action with that tool, not the tool itself. 
Author: Ronald DeWolf
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1934
  
 A barrister's job is to put the case for the defense as effectively and clearly as would his client if he had an advocate's skills. The barrister's belief or disbelief in the truth of the story is irrelevant: it's for the jury to decide this often difficult question. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. 
Author: Friedrich Engels
Nationality: German
b. 28 December 1820  - d. 5 August 1895
  
 Lies written in ink can never disguise truths written in blood. 
Author: Doug Anderson
Nationality: Australian   
 For I must write to The Times tonight, and save the world from sin. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 I don't remember, but it's not true. It's not true, and If it were true, I don't remember. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 If you will refrain from telling any lies about the Republican Party, I'lll promise not to tell the truth about the Democrats. 
Author: Chauncey Mitchell Depew
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1834  - d. 05 April 1928
  
 A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 My brother Bob asked, "Why do you believe in God?", just a simple question. But my Mum panicked. "Bob," she said, in a tone that I knew meant "shut up." Why was that a bad thing to ask? If there was God and my faith was strong, it didn't matter what people said. Oh...hang on. There is no God. he knows it, and she knows it deep down. It was as simple as that. I started thinking about it and aksing more questions, and within an hour, I was an atheist. Wow. No God. If Mum had lied to me about god, had she also lied to me about Santa? Yes, of course, but who cares. The gifts kept coming. And so did the gifts of my newfound Atheism. The gifts of Truth, Science, Nature. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Drilling is underway 60 miles - 97 km, off Florida. The drilling is being done by China, in cooperation with Cuba, which is drilling closer to South Florida than U.S. companies are. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 In a previous column, I stated that China, in partnership with Cuba, is drilling for oil 60 miles - 97 km, from the Florida coast. While Cuba has partnered with Chinese companies to drill in the Florida Straits, no Chinese company has been involved in Cuba's oil exploration that close to the United States. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 What many of us need is a spine transplant. Whether it's City Hall, the State House, or the White House, part of our job is to speak truth to power. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 If humiliation and rejection are to be the rewards of faithful and effective service in this field, what are those of us to conclude who have also served prominently in this line of work but upon whom this badge has not yet been conferred? We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that it was merit, rather than chance, that spared some of us the necessity of working in areas of activity that have now become controversial, of recording opinions people now find disagreeable, of aiding in the implementation of policies now under question. ... In no field of endeavor is it easier than in the field of foreign affairs to be honestly wrong; in no field is it harder for contemporaries to be certain they can distinguish between wisdom and folly; in no field would it be less practicable to try to insist on infallibility as a mark of fitness for office. 
Author: George Frost Kennan
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1904  - d. 17 March 2005
  
 There is nothing sensational in the way of revelations contained in these pages. All the cases mentioned are well known to those who were in authority, less well known to those primarily affected, and unknown, unfortunately, to the millions who fell. Although only a small part of the vast field of falsehood is covered, it may suffice to show how the unsuspecting innocence of the masses in all countries was ruthlessly and systematically exploited. 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 Contempt for the enemy, if illustrated, can prove to be an unwise form of falsehood. There was a time when German soldiers were popularly represented cringing, with their arms in the air and crying “Kamerad,” until it occurred to Press and propaganda authorities that people were asking why, if this was the sort of material we were fighting against, had we not wiped them off the field in a few weeks. 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 In Vienna an enterprising firm supplied atrocity photographs with blanks for the headings so that they might be used for propaganda purposes by either side. 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 Atrocity lies were the most popular of all, especially in this country and America; no war can be without them. Slander of the enemy is esteemed a patriotic duty. An English soldier wrote - The Times, September 15, 1914: “The stories in our papers are only exceptions. There are people like them in every army.” But at the earliest possible moment stories of the maltreatment of prisoners have to be circulated deliberately in order to prevent surrenders. This is done, of course, on both sides. Whereas naturally each side tries to treat its prisoners as well as possible so as to attract others. The repetition of a single instance of cruelty and its exaggeration can be distorted into a prevailing habit on the part of the enemy." 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 Lying, as we all know, does not take place only in war-time. Man, it has been said, is not “a veridical animal,” but his habit of lying is not nearly so extraordinary as his amazing readiness to believe. It is, indeed, because of human credulity that lies flourish. But in war-time the authoritative organization of lying is not sufficiently recognized. The deception of whole peoples is not a matter which can be lightly regarded. A useful purpose can therefore be served in the interval of so-called peace by a warning which people can examine with dispassionate calm, that the authorities in each country do, and indeed must, resort to this practice in order, first, to justify themselves by depicting the enemy as an undiluted criminal; and secondly, to inflame popular passion sufficiently to secure recruits for the continuance of the struggle. They cannot afford to tell the truth. In some cases it must be admitted that at the moment they do not know what the truth is. 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 It must be admitted that many people were conscious and willing dupes. But many more were unconscious and were sincere in their patriotic zeal. Finding now that elaborately and carefully staged deceptions were practised on them, they feel a resentment which has not only served to open their eyes but may induce them to make their children keep their eyes open when next the bugle sounds. 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 When war reaches such dimensions as to involve the whole nation, and when the people at its conclusion find they have gained nothing but only observe widespread calamity around them, they are inclined to become more sceptical and desire to investigate the foundations of the arguments which inspired their patriotism, inflamed their passions, and prepared them to offer the supreme sacrifice. They are curious to know why the ostensible objects for which they fought have none of them been attained, more especially if they are the victors. 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 Between nations, where the consequences are vital, where the destiny of countries and provinces hangs in the balance, the lives and fortunes of millions are affected and civilization itself is menaced, the most upright men honestly believe that there is no depth of duplicity to which they may not legitimately stoop. They have got to do it. The thing cannot go on without the help of lies. This is no plea that lies should not be used in war-time, but a demonstration of how lies must be used in war-time. If the truth were told from the outset, there would be no reason and no will for war. Anyone declaring the truth: “Whether you are right or wrong, whether you win or lose, in no circumstances can war help you or your country,” would find himself in gaol very quickly. In war-time, failure to lie is negligence, the doubting of a lie a misdemeanour, the declaration of the truth a crime. - 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 The object of this volume is not to cast fresh blame on authorities and individuals, nor is it to expose one nation more than another to accusations of deceit. 
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 The narrowest patriotism could be made to appear noble, the foulest accusations could be represented as an indignant outburst of humanitarianism, and the meanest and most vindictive aims falsely disguised as idealism. Everything was legitimate which could make the soldiers go on fighting.  
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 In calm retrospect we can appreciate better the disastrous effects of the poison of falsehood, whether officially, semi-officially, or privately manufactured. It has been rightly said that the injection of the poison of hatred into men’s minds by means of falsehood is a greater evil in war-time than the actual loss of life. The defilement of the human soul is worse than the destruction of the human body. A fuller realization of this is essential.  
Author: Arthur Ponsonby
Nationality: British
b. 16 February 1871  - d. 23 March 1946
  
 By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 A handsome man guards his image a while; a good man will one day take on beauty. 
Author: Sappho
Nationality: Greek
b. December 630  - d.  December 570
  
 If thou make any law or establish any custom for the general good, be the first to submit thyself thereto; then does a people show more regard for justice nor refuse submission when it has seen their author obedient to his own laws. The world shapes itself after its ruler's pattern, nor can edicts sway men's minds so much as their monarch's life; the unstable crowd ever changes along with the prince. 
Author: Claudian
Nationality: Greek   
 No longer can I complain that the unrighteous man reaches the highest pinnacle of success. He is raised aloft that he may be hurled down in more headlong ruin. 
Author: Claudian
Nationality: Greek   
 In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word “experience” have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word. It is to be feared, however, that if the word is avoided the confusions of thought with which it has been associated may persist. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 There are also two kinds of truths: truth of reasoning and truths of fact. Truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; those of fact are contingent and their opposite is possible. 
Author: Gottfried Leibnitz
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1646  - d. 14 November 1716
  
 When a truth is necessary, the reason for it can be found by analysis, that is, by resolving it into simpler ideas and truths until the primary ones are reached. 
Author: Gottfried Leibnitz
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1646  - d. 14 November 1716
  
 The truth is at the beginning of anything and its end are alike touching. 
Author: Yoshida Kenko
Nationality: Japanese
b. December 1283  - d.  December 1350
  
 Now if you're just out of the mainstream, if you don't have blind Bush love, you are somehow suspect. Don't ever let them tell you that. Be out of the mainstream. I'm out of the mainstream. I enjoy it, who wants to be in the mainstream? When Ronald Reagan was running, he would always say 'it's morning in America' and everybody would smile and I would think 'yeah but, I'm not a morning person'. I'm the guy who thinks religion is bad and drugs are good. I think children aren't innocent, god doesn't write books, and Jesus wasn't a republican. I think girls hate each other, no doesn't mean no and being drunk is funny. I'm for mad cow disease, how am I gonna win that? I'm against suing tobacco companies. I think abstinence is a perversion. I think Bush's lies are worse than Clinton's. I think Vegas was better when it was run by the mob. I think men are only as loyal as their options. I think stereotypes are true and rehab is for quitters. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 To me a real patriot is like a real friend. Who's your real friend? It's the person who tells you the truth. That's who my real friends are. So, you know, I think as far as our country goes, we need more people who will do that. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Everyone is their own kind of lesbian. To think there's a certain way to dress or present yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I did a lot of fast talking as a youth; I was pretty good at it. I was never talked into it - I was always the one doing the talking. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I didn't choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman - that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I don't even like watching sex scenes in movies. I have a slight prudish side to me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay - which was so annoying! 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it's beautiful. I'm such a romantic, and I always have been. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I justified it in so many ways. I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I knew that I was gay, I knew it. I just couldn't see myself as a gay woman, even though that's where my heart was. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I love being able to wear dresses and clothes that make me feel feminine and beautiful, and I love the fact that I don't have to all the time; I can wear a tank and jeans. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I married him for a green card. We had a really great, caring relationship; it just obviously wasn't right for me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot. She took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I really never stopped thinking about Ellen, because I just haven't felt that kind of energy with anyone in my life. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I saw Ellen and my knees were weak. It was amazing. And it was very hard for me to get her out of my mind after that. Then when I saw her that night, we started talking, and that's that. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I stumbled into acting and just loved it. I deferred law school-and I'm still deferred. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I thought, I'm out in my life, that doesn't involve my public life. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I try to be feminine, yet intellectual and smart at the same time. You don't see enough of that. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I want to exude strength and intelligence. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I want young people to see me and think you can be feminine and smart and successful, all at the same time. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I was very sexual from a very young age. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I'm living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I've had so many interviews where the last question is, Are you gay? I had to find very creative ways to say that I was gay, but that I wasn't going to talk about it. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 If I was 14 and knew some gay people, I wouldn't nearly have had the struggle I had. Our world is definitely changing. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 If you've looked at all the glamour magazines lately, all the covers are actresses. If they are on those covers, they are going to try to emulate models. That's just the way it is. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 In high school I had sex with girls quite a few times. They were straight women who I convinced to jump in the sack with me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 It sounds so trite, but my private life is mine. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 Just look at all the awards shows now. It has turned into a catwalk. You have to be wearing a certain designer, a certain dress, and everyone's critiquing. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 My feelings for Ellen overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian. I had to be with her, and I just figured I'd deal with the other stuff later. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 My sexuality is a part of me that I really like. But it's not the totality of me. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 People might find me attractive, but it's also my job to prove that I can be intelligent. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 Supermodels are over, and the new picture girl has become the television actress. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 The most important thing for me was to never, ever, ever deny it. But I didn't really have the courage to talk about it. I was thinking, The people who need to know I'm gay know. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 We must be able to inspire. That's my goal in acting. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 When I was 15, I changed my name legally. I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn't fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 When I was anorexic it just seemed like I literally wanted to disappear. And now I would like to reappear. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 When I watched Ellen come out in '97, my jaw was on the floor. I thought, there are some people who break the doors down, hold them open, and some people who walk right through. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 When you have the paparazzi hiding in the bushes outside your home, the only thing you can control is how you respond publicly. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I was thinking, well, the people who need to know I'm gay know, and I'm somehow living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay, but it's not a big political platform. I justified it in so many ways. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 I wasn't that proud of it, but it was certainly a recognition for my self control. I definitely had some pretty amazing willpower to get down to 82 pounds. And that's what I was holding on it. I didn't think of anything else. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used "to tell" at all. 
Author: Umberto Eco
Nationality: Italian
b. 05 January 1932
  
 Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.  
Author: Umberto Eco
Nationality: Italian
b. 05 January 1932
  
 Knock Knock. Who's there? The Truth. No joke. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I love the truth. It's the facts I'm not a fan of. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 The same principle which forbids me to lie does not allow me to tell the truth. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 It has often been said that anything may be proved from the Bible; but before anything can be admitted as proved by the Bible, the Bible itself must be proved to be true; for if the Bible be not true, or the truth of it be doubtful, it ceases to have authority, and cannot be admitted as proof of anything. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don't mean the argument over who came up with the word. I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty. People love the president because he's certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don't seem to exist. It's the fact that he's certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true? 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone. Fox News". I hold a copyright on that term. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  




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