Truth Quotes

Most popular truth quotes

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.


Life offers everyone truth and comfort. Choose carefully. You rarely can have both.


Truth burns up error.


Truth is a pathless land.
In the end truth will out.
Justice is truth in action.


The color of truth is gray.


The color of truth is grey.
Truth has nutritional value.
A half truth is a whole lie.
— Jewish proverb

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Love truth, but pardon error.

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The truth shall make you free.
— John 8:32


Never assume the obvious is true.
There is no god higher than truth.
Tell all the truth but tell it slant.

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The best mind-altering drug is truth.
Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant.
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.


All great truths begin as blasphemies.
Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.


He who tells the truth is not we liked.
— African proverb

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The truth never arrives neatly wrapped.
Many a truth is the result of an error.


Truth shines the brighter clad in verse.
Only the truth can still astonish people.
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.


Truth is not determined by majority vote.

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Truth never is undone;
Its shafts remain.
Wherever the truth is injured, defend it.
Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.
The truth should be told, though it kill.
The man who finds a truth lights a torch.
Facts do not exist; only interpretations.
A snare for the truth of human experience.


Truth looks tawdry when she is overdressed.
Truth exists; only lies have to be invented.
Bitter truth is better than sweet falsehood.
— African proverb

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Truth, like surgery, may hurt, but it cures.
Truth, goodness, and beauty are inseparable.
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

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Truth has rough flavors if we bite it through.
A half-truth is usually less than half of that.
The truth is not always dressed for the evening.
Do not expect truth to prevail in all situations.
The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.


You never find yourself until you face the truth.


The truth depends on a walk around a lake.


To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

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Who speaks the truth stabs Falsehood to the heart.
The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us.
Truth walks toward us on the path of our questions.

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Who dares
 To say that he alone has found the truth?
Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.


Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth.

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Truth emerges more readily from error than confusion.

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In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.


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


Truth's like a fire, and will burn through and be seen.
The truth is always combative, but it is also combated.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
Truth always lags last, limping along on the arm of time.
When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.
— Arabian proverb

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A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.

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To search for truth, one has to be drunk with imagination.


Truth uncompromisingly told will always have ragged edges.
Truth is a flower in whose neighborhood others must wither.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.


You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

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Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.


The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.
I have one request: may I never use my reason against truth.


If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out.

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A paradox is a truth standing on its head to gain attention.


Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited.


Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now—always.
It takes two to speak truth—one to speak and another to hear.


Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.


Pushing any truth out very far, you are met by a counter-truth.
If you ever injected truth into politics you'd have no politics.


Most men would kill the truth if truth would kill their religion.


Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.


Absolute truth is incompatible with an advanced state of society.
Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.


The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth.

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It's very hard, in the world of the easy, to believe in the truth.
He who is caught in a lie is not believed when he tells the truth.

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It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak and another to hear.
Error moves with quick feet and truth must never be lagging behind.
Add one small bit to the truth and you inevitably subtract from it.
— Dell Crossword Puzzles
Every time you try to smother a truth, two others get their breath.
He who would speak the truth must first have one foot in the stirrup.
— Turkish proverb

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Truth is a clumsy servant that breaks the dishes while cleaning them.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

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Some people so treasure the truth that they use it with great economy.
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.
Add a few drops of venom to a half truth and you have an absolute truth.
Of course, it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Truth came to market and could not be sold; we buy lies with ready cash.
— African proverb

African proverbs lies proverbs

Truth, like gold, is not less so for being newly brought out of the mine.
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
Every man has a perfect right to his opinion, provided it agrees with ours.
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
Often, the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.


It has always been desirable to tell the truth, but seldom if ever necessary.


The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.


My way of joking is telling the truth; that is the funniest joke in the world.
I never can feel certain of any truth but from a clear perception of its beauty.
It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive.  Why should it exaggerate?


Where there is truth, there is also light, but don't confuse light with the flash.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
Many people choose, early on, their own truths from the large smorgasbord available.
The frontiers are not east or west, north or south, but wherever a man fronts a fact.
There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously.
An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.

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Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.


"Beauty is truth, truth beauty"—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.


The reader deserves an honest opinion. If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
Whoever is careless with truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.
If one cannot invent a really convincing lie. it is often better to stick to the truth.
Nothing is so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth!


Briefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.


It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.


Your duty is to scream those truths that one should shout but that are merely whispered.


The obstinate insisting that tweedledum is not tweedledee is the bone and marrow of life.
Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understanding is warped with enthusiasm.


A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.
It is the customary fate of new truths, to begin as heresies, and to end as superstitions.


It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

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Every truth has two sides; it is well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.


The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
Every truth has two sides; it is well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
Nothing lays itself open to the charge of exaggeration more than the language of naked truth.


To know the history of science is to recognize the mortality of any claim to universal truth.


Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.


All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy; we reason from our hands to our head.

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Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.
The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it.


We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.

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If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.


Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to speak the truth, but already to possess it.
When an old truth ceases to be applicable, it does not become any truer by being stood on its head.
Let me tell so much truth. I want to tell the truth in my work. The truth will lead me to the light.
The truth is a young maiden as modest as she is beautiful, and therefore she is always seen cloaked.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
Between the two poles of whole-truth and half-truth is slung the chancy hammock in which we all rock.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.


Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.
Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
An enemy who tells the truth contributes infinitely more to our improvement than a friend who deludes us.

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Such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
Truth is a rough, honest, helter-skelter, terrier, that none like to see brought into their drawing rooms.
Only with "the truth will set you free" is it possible to resolve the grave problems of people and nations.
Don't despise empiric truth. Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof.
The truth knocks on the door and you say, Go away, I'm looking for the truth, and so it goes away. Puzzling.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.
The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression.  It is possible to lie, and even to murder, for the truth.
The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away.  Puzzling.
Error proliferates. Man tracks it down and cuts it up into little pieces hoping to turn it into grains of truth.

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We should stop kidding ourselves. We should let go of things that aren't true. It's always better with the truth.
Sincerity that thinks it is the sole possessor of the truth is a deadlier sin than hypocrisy, which knows better.

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We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other married couples they sometimes live apart.
Error is to truth as sleep is to waking.  I have observed that one turns, as if refreshed, from error back to truth.


It is the easiest thing in the world to deny a fact. People do it all the time. Yet it remains a fact just the same.
We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.

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Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a labourer's hand.

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A huge percentage of the stuff that I tend to be automatically certain of is, it turns out, totally wrong and deluded.
The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts: the less you know the hotter you get.
One often contradicts an opinion when it is really only the tone in which it has been presented that is unsympathetic.
To the scientific mind, truth comes first.  Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.


Truth is irresistible.  The vivacity of its coloring has quite a different effect from the daub of falsity or invention.
There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths.  It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
History warns us, however, that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.


They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.
Truthfulness with me is hardly a virtue. I cannot discriminate between truths that need and those that need not to be told.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
It seems, indeed, a necessary weakness of our mind to be able to reach truth only across a multitude of errors and obstacles.

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Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.


The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.
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.

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The truth of an idea is not a stagnant property inherent in it.  Truth happens to an idea.  It becomes true, is made true by events.


For as bats' eyes are to daylight so is our intellectual eye to those truths which are, in their own nature, the most obvious of all.
The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.

error mistakes

A man may say, "From now on I'm going to speak the truth."  But the truth hears him and runs away and hides before he's even done speaking.
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch. Nay, you may kick it about all day, and it will be round and full at evening.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.


The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.
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.

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Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence. Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good — that is the creed I seek.
When one is really searching for the truth, one is doing it for good. You don't look for the truth to divide, confront, attack, belittle, or dissolve.
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.
There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart.  The first of these is science, and the second is art.

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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.
Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in its excess.
Nobody has a right to put another under such difficulty that he must either hurt the person by telling the truth, or hurt himself by telling what is not true.
In a society where lies, cover-ups, and hypocrisy have caused people to lose basic trust in the social contract, what could be more revolutionary than the truth?
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.
There is nothing more fickle, more vague, or more powerful; yet capricious as it is, it is nevertheless much more often true, reasonable, and just, than we imagine.
Men take so much delight in lying, that truth is sometimes forced to disguise herself in the habit of falsehood to get entertainment, as in the ancients.
I seem to have been like a child playing on the sea shore, finding now and then a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.
Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation, because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves.
Those who are in the know can usually discern an embryo truth, a little grit of fact, like the core of a pearl round which have been deposited the delicate layers of ornament.


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.
When they're offered to the world in merry guise,
Unpleasant truths are swallowed with a will —
For he who'd make his fellow-creatures wise 
Should always gild the philosophic pill!
Truth is stranger than fiction — to some people, but I am measurably familiar with it. Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.
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.
The race problem is a moral one. . . . lts solution will come especially from the domain of principles. Like all the other great battles of humanity, it is to be fought out with the weapons of truth.
Truth is not always the best basis for happiness. There are certain lies which may consist a far better and more secure foundation of happiness. There are people who perish when their eyes are opened.


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.


False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.


There are 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, cellular, like a laborious mosaic.
We owe the truth, not just the facts. The facts can sometimes obscure the truth. I've seen many things. I've learned many things. I've certainly been exposed to many things and I've learned something: I owe it to you to tell you.
He who wishes to teach us a truth should not tell it to us, but simply suggest it with a brief gesture, a gesture which starts an ideal trajectory in the air along which we glide until we find ourselves at the feet of the new truth.


Truth and power can travel together only so far. Sooner or later they go their separate ways. If you want power, at some point you will have to spread fictions. If you want to know the truth about the world, at some point you will have to renounce power.

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The truth may be puzzling.  It may take some work to grapple with.  It may be counterintuitive.  It may contradict deeply held prejudices.  It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true.  But our preferences do not determine what's true.
Sometimes in writing of myself—which is the only subject anyone knows intimately—I have occasionally had the exquisite thrill of putting my finger on a little capsule of truth, and heard it give the faint squeak of mortality under my pressure, an antic sound.
It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions—especially selfish ones.

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As a species, humans prefer power to truth. We spend far more time and effort on trying to control the world than on trying to understand it – and even when we try to understand it, we usually do so in the hope that understanding the world will make it easier to control it.

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The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the Truth. It is not possession of the Truth, but rather the pursuit of Truth by which he extends his powers and in which his ever-growing perfectibility is to be found.
It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore and to see ships tossed upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth...and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.
The question of truth is really a question of memory, deep memory, for it deals with something prior to ourselves and can succeed in uniting us in a way that transcends our petty and limited individual consciousness. It is a question about the origin of all that is, in whose light we can glimpse the goal and thus the meaning of our common path.

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