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


You’re not going to find truth outside yourself.  Not through lovers or mates, not with friends, not with family, and certainly not via material success.  The only place you are going to be able to find your truth is in your genuine spiritual center.  Truth is found by living truly—in your own authentic way.

Lama Surya Das
Awakening the Buddha Within

Just as thinking in general has developed out of the need for mastery of material life, so the quest for truth is rooted in the interests and needs of individuals and social groups.  Without such interest the stimulus for seeking the truth would be lacking.  There are always groups whose interest is furthered by truth, and their representatives have been the pioneers of human thought; there are other groups whose interests are furthered by concealing truth.  Only in the latter case does interest prove harmful to the cause of truth.  The problem, therefore, is not that there is an interest at stake, but which kind of interest is at stake.  I might say that inasmuch as there is some longing for the truth in every human being,  it is because every human being has some need for it.

Erich Fromm
Escape from Freedom
Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living.

Agatha Christie
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

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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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.

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.


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


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)



Truth has never been, can never be, contained in any one creed or system.

Mary Augusta Ward


There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths.  It is trying
to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.

Alfred North Whitehead


Start telling the truth now and never stop.  Begin by telling the truth to
yourself about yourself.  Then tell the truth to yourself about someone
else.  Then tell the truth about yourself to another. Then tell the truth
about another to that other.  Finally, tell the truth to everyone about
everything.  These are the five levels of truth telling.
This is the five-fold path to freedom.

Neale Donald Walsch


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Have confidence in the truth, although you may not be able
to comprehend it, although you may suppose its sweetness to
be bitter, although you may shrink from it at first.  Trust in the
Truth. . . . Have faith in the Truth and live it.

the Buddha


There is no path to truth.  Truth must be discovered, but there is no
formula for its discovery.  What is formulated is not true.  You must
set out on the uncharted sea, and the uncharted sea is yourself.

J. Krishnamurti

The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.

William James


Truth is beautiful, without doubt; and so are lies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



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

Robert Ringer

Every truth passes through three stages before
it is recognized.  In the first it is ridiculed, in the
second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer


Humans have been searching for the truth for millennia, and trying to understand
truth can look very complicated.  However, the kind of truth that you create in
your mind is complicated.  This is not the real truth.  The mind makes everything
complicated because it doesn't have the capacity to comprehend the real truth.
To fill this void of not understanding, the mind comes up with many complex
theories.  Yet the real truth existed long before the creation of humanity, and it
will exist long after the extinction of humanity.  It can't be understood through
knowledge, and it doesn't need the validation of the human mind.

Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
Little Book of Wisdom


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The TRUTH:  It may not lead you to where you thought
you were going, but it will always lead you somewhere better.
When ignored, it will eventually show itself.  The closeness
of your relationships is directly proportional to the degree to which
you have revealed the truth about yourself. It can be painful.


Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love the truth.



Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack
of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.

W. Clement Stone


We have to be utterly broken before we can realize that it is impossible
to better the truth.  It is the truth that we deny which so tenderly and
forgivingly picks up the fragments and puts them together again.

Laurens Van der Post

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself
I seem to have been only a child playing on the seashore
while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Isaac Newton


If one can actually revert to the truth, then a great deal of
one's suffering can be erased--because a great deal of
one's suffering is based on sheer lies.


When I ignored my own truth on behalf of a distorted ego and ethic,
I led a false life that caused others pain--for which I can only ask
forgiveness.  When I started attending to my own truth, more of that
truth became available in my work and my relationships.  I now
know that anything one can do on behalf of true self is done
ultimately in the service of others.

Parker J. Palmer
Let Your Life Speak



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