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In plain truth, it is not want, but rather abundance, that creates avarice
Montaigne

If someone asks me a question, there might be a truthful answer and a correct answer.
Tim Henman

An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
Karl Kraus

A man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth. But a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.
Claude Rains

My wife runs the house much better than I could so I think she could be a linesman or a referee or even a football manager and that's the truth
Ian Holloway

In truth there is no such thing in man's nature as a settled and full resolve either for good or evil, except at the very moment of execution
Nathaniel Hawthorne

It was a fair swop rather than a fair cop, if truth be told.
Stan Stevens

For thirty years people have been asking me how I reconcile X with Y! The truthful answer is that I don't. Everything about me is a contradiction and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There is a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don't reconcile the poles. You just recognize them
Orson Welles

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.
Simone De Beauvoir

If you are a complete perfectionist, then the truth is that this ice skating business will drive you a little crazy!
Dorothy Hamill

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.
William Penn

The Govenment has tried everything to solve the problem of the coal industry - semi-starvation, imprisonment, extortion, threats, the supplication of the miner's leaders, and what is the almost omnipotence of Churchill's oratory. All have failed. There is one thing they have not tried. They haven't tried getting rid of the coal owners. For the one truth the Government has not yet learned is .... you can get coal without the coal owners, but you can't get coal without miners.
Aneurin Bevan

A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.
Howard Crosby

Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth
Joseph Joubert

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

Cinema is truth twenty-four times a second.
Jean-Luc Godard

But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
Thomas Paine

'And where I go you know, and the way you know.' Thomas said to Him, 'Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?' Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.' - John 14:4-6
Jesus Christ

I believe that there is a devil. Those who disagree with me in this may translate my language. All I ask is that they admit the vital truth on which I insist.
Anthony Comstock

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

There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect. - The Prince
Niccolo Machiavelli

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

Praise follows truth afar off, and only overtakes her at the grave; plausibility clings to her skirts and holds her back till then
James Russell Lowell

The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.
Cicero

Truth-loving Persians do not dwell upon The trivial skirmish fought near Marathon.
Robert Graves

He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers (Basic Verities)
Charles Peguy

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

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
Hannah Arendt

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.
Simone Weil

'Necessity is the mother of invention' is a silly proverb. 'Necessity is the mother of futile dodges' is much nearer the truth.
Alfred North Whitehead

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

I am not alone. I do not have to carry alone what in truth I could never carry alone.
Pope Benedict XVI

Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.
Edward Gibbon

Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
Harry S Truman

Truth is the glue that holds government together.
Gerald Ford

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
W Clement Stone

The truth is, sex doesn't mean that much to me now.
Lana Turner

At every turn when there has been an imbalance of power, the truth questioned, or our beliefs and values distorted, the change required to restore our nation has always come from the bottom up from our people.
Howard Dean

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.
Tolstoy

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Martin Luther King

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures
Jessamyn West

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth and fresher breath.
Dave Barry

In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
Graham Greene

Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.
Elizabeth Goudge

For want of me the world's course will not fail:
When all its work is done, the lie shall rot;
The truth is great, and shall prevail,
When none cares whether it prevail or not.
Coventry Patmore

A judgment about life has no meaning except the truth of the one who speaks last.
Georges Bataille

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.
Kenneth Tynan

Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. The exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Anthropological Commentary: The opposite of a trivial truth is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true.
Niels Bohr

The first casualty when war comes is truth (speech, 1917)
Hiram Johnson

Is there some truth out there? Yes. Is there a lot of falsehood out there? Absolutely. [Doesn't really tell you much!]
Jeff Gannon



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