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The hero of my tale - whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful - is Truth (Sevastopol in May)
Leo Tolstoy

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
Matthew Arnold

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

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

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.
Horace Mann

Untaught the noble end of glorious truth, Bred to deceive even from their earliest youth
Anne Ingram

But as the Pope has a long arm, which might reach me in France, I have gone a little out of the way to tell him the plain truths contained in these pages.
Edmond About

The society of merchants can be defined as a society in which things disappear in favor of signs. When a ruling class measures its fortunes, not by the acre of land or the ingot of gold, but by the number of figures corresponding ideally to a certain number of exchange operations, it thereby condemns itself to setting a certain kind of humbug at the centre of its experience and its universe. A society founded on signs is, in its essence, an artificial society in which man's carnal truth is handled as something artificial.
Albert Camus

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 new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it
Max Planck

The bud of victory is always in the truth.
Benjamin Harrison

I do not see the motivation to lie, it is a known fact that truth can be more interesting than the strangest of fictions.
James Hall

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.
Tacitus

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
Lao Tzu

But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.
Lord Byron

Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.
Henri-Frederic Amiel

Everything is contingent, and there is also chaos. [Is the truth of that statement contingent on the truth of chaos? The mind boggles]
Spalding Gray

But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Umberto Eco

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. - Of Human Bondage
W Somerset Maugham

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.
George Bancroft

The truth is that a lost empire, lost power and lost wealth provide perfect circumstances for living happily and contentedly in our enchanted island.
Malcolm Muggeridge

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.
Thomas Merton

'Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.'
Michael Jackson

In fourscore years and four more, then we shall know the truth, but before then - silence.
Stan Stevens

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures
Jessamyn West

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.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
Kahlil Gibran

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts
Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is nothing respecting which a man may be so long unconscious as of the extent and strength of his prejudices. [Ain't that the truth Francis]
Francis Jeffrey

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

This suggestion that we're some kind of megalomaniacs is so far from the truth that it does annoy me.
Judy Finnigan

For great is truth, and shall prevail
Thomas Brooks

Mankind are an incorrigible race. Give them but bugbears and idols - it is all that they ask; the distinctions of right and wrong, of truth and falsehood, of good and evil, are worse than indifferent to them.
William Hazlitt

The truth is - I'll be a geezer and you'll be a slut
Mike Cunningham

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.
Albert Pike

A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
Aesop

To become properly acquainted with a truth, we must first have disbelieved it, and disputed against it.
Novalis

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. 'Pride and Prejudice'
Jane Austen

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow.
Ambrose Bierce

Facts are the enemy of truth.
Don Quixote

You could say people are living longer because of the decline in religion. Not many people believe in the hereafter, so they keep going. [Then again you could say its due to medical and scientific improvement, and speak the truth]
Cyril Clarke

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A lie told often enough becomes truth
Lenin

Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous
Mencius

Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it.
Pearl Buck

Truth exists; only lies are invented
Georges Braque

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

It seems not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life. It is the basic truth.
Brooks Atkinson

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

The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.
Peter Abelard



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