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Truth does not change
according to our ability
to stomach it emotionally.

Flannery O’Connor


In every generation there have to be some fools who will speak the truth as they see it.

Boris Pasternak


I want. . . to endeavor to speak truth in every instance; to give nobody expectations that are not likely to be answered, but aim at sincerity in every word and action--the most amiable excellence in a rational being.

Benjamin Franklin

The active pursuit of truth is our proper business.  We have no excuse for conducting it badly or unfittingly.  But failing to capture our prey is another matter.  For we are born to quest after it; to possess it belongs to a greater power.  Truth is not, as Democritus said, hidden in the depths of the abyss, but situated rather at an infinite height in the divine understanding.  The world is but a school of inquiry.

Michel de Montaigne

Truth has no special time of its own.  Its hour is now--always.

Albert Schweitzer

Keep one thing forever in view--the truth; and if you do this, though it may seem to lead you away from the opinion of people, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God.

Horace Mann


Gradually I came to see that I could use the Bible,
which had so baffled me, as an instrument for digging out precious truths,
just as I could use my hindered, halting body for the high behests of my spirit.

Helen Keller


Not truth, but faith, it is that keeps the world alive.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Pour out light and truth as God pours sunshine and rain;
no longer seek knowledge as the luxury of a few,
but dispense it amongst all as the bread of life.

Horace Mann


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I never give them hell.  I just tell the truth, and they think it is hell.

Harry S. Truman


There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been
recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing.
A truth is something that everyone can be shown to know and
to have known, as people say, all along.

Mary McCarthy


It's not enough to know your truth; you must live it!

Stephen C. Paul


It is not always easy to hear the truth, but . . . . the truth can lead us
on to be better than we already are.  When we walk in the truth,
we are walking toward God.  God is truth, and the more time we spend
in honesty, the more time we spend with God.  Not only should we seek out
truth in others, but we should let others know that they will receive truth
when they come to us.  There is very little we could want more than for
other people to be able to trust us.  Trust is the cornerstone upon which
solid and lasting friendships are built.  We can do a person
no greater service than to deal with them in truth and love.

Dan and Nancy Dick


If you do not tell the truth about yourself,
you cannot tell it about other people.

Virginia Woolf


It is through the idealism of youth that people catch
sight of truth, and in that idealism they possess a wealth
which they must never exchange for anything else.

Albert Schweitzer

Life is short, but truth works far and lives long;
let us speak the truth.

Arthur Schopenhauer

In proportion as we perceive and embrace the truth
we do become just, heroic, magnanimous, divine.

William Lloyd Garrison


No human being on the face of this earth possesses the whole truth.
Each of us has only a small part; but if we are willing to share our
small parts, our pieces of the truth, we will all possess a much fuller
reality, a much larger share of the total truth. . . . It's hard to imagine
that a person could be totally wrong about any complex issue.
Everyone has some part of the truth to share.

John Powell, S.J.

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I speak truth, not as much as I would, but as much
as I dare; and I dare a little the more as I grow older.

Michel de Montaigne

But truth is so great a thing that we ought not to
despise any medium that will conduct us to it.


We arrive at truth, not by reason only, but also by the heart.



Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret,
for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

Robert Brault


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A half truth is a whole lie.

Yiddish proverb

To tell a lie in cowardice, to tell a lie for gain, or to avoid deserved
punishment--are all the blackest of black lies.  On the other hand,
to teach one to try one's best to avoid the truth--even to press it
when necessary toward the outer edge of the rainbow--for a reason
of kindness, or of mercy, is far closer to the heart of truth than
to repeat something accurately and mercilessly that will cruelly
hurt the feelings of someone.

Emily Post

The Buddha spoke gently, "Once a person is caught by belief
in a doctrine, one loses all one's freedom.  When one
becomes dogmatic, that person believes his or her doctrine
is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy.
Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views.  They can
extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even
leading to war.  Attachment to views is the greatest impediment
to the spiritual path.  Bound to narrow views, one becomes
so entangled that it is no longer possible
to let the door of truth open."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Truth is a non-transferable ticket
which bears only one name.


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

Josh Billings

It's essential to tell the truth at all times.  This will reduce life's pain.  Lying distorts reality.  All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.

John Bradshaw

Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.

Miguel de Cervantes

The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.

Charles Caleb Colton


There are very few human beings who receive the truth,
complete and staggering, by instant illumination.  Most of us
acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale,
successively, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.

Anaïs Nin

People stumble over the truth from time to time, but most
pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

Winston Churchill


There's an element of truth in every idea
that lasts long enough to be called corny.

Irving Berlin


Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.

Abraham Lincoln


Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven
and on earth; and the person who would be blessed
and happy should be from the first a partaker of
truth, for then that person can be trusted.



Truth ever has the most strength of what people say.


The truth is always the strongest argument.


Once the truth is told, you never need to pretend again.

Stephen C. Paul


Always remember that you can be dead right about
the facts and altogether wrong about the truth.



It came to me ever so slowly that the best way to know
the truth was to begin trusting what my inner truth was. . .
and trying to share it--not right away--only after I had
worked hard at trying to understand it.

Fred Rogers
The World According to Mr. Rogers

Articles and book excerpts on truth:

Integrity      Paul Bauer


Such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks,
and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

Thomas Paine


The truth is more important than the facts.

Frank Lloyd Wright


To love the truth is to refuse to let oneself be saddened by it.

André Gide



Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate'er you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all,
Where truth abides in fullness; and around
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception--which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error:  and, to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.

Robert Browning
I claim no superior intellect, but do subscribe to a gut feeling which says,
"I am not afraid to intellectually test any idea contradictory to my own
because from that direction, truth will surely come if I do not now possess it."

W.M. Pepper

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.

Cyril Connolly


Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.

George Sand (Amandine Dupin)

To love truth is the principal part of human perfection in this world,
and the seed-plot of all other virtues.

John Locke

We must make the truth as simple, as persuasive, as impelling
and as interesting as the lie often seems to be.  The truth can
never enslave, it can never mesmerize.  The truth is always
within us.  We do not awaken to an eternal fact, but to an
eternal birthright which is the innermost of realities.  Let us,
then, recapture our thinking by getting back to first principles.
When once we see the meaning of God, and the human's
relationship to God, nothing can enslave our thinking again.

Erwin D. Canham


The most casual student of history knows that, as a matter of fact,
truth does not necessarily vanquish.  What is more, truth can never
win unless it is promulgated.  Truth does not carry within itself an
anti-toxin to falsehood.  The cause of truth must be championed,
and it must be championed dynamically.

William F. Buckley, Jr.
God and Man at Yale

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We should never be ashamed to approve truth or acquire it, no matter
what its source might be, even if it might have come from foreign peoples
and alien nations far removed from us.  To those who seek the truth, no
other object is higher in value.  Neither shall truth be under-rated, nor
its exponent belittled.  For indeed, truth abases none and ennobles all.

Rasa'il al-Kindi

Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living.

Agatha Christie