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'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

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

One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.
Malcolm Muggeridge

I love talking, actually I can carry on a conversation with anyone, unless it is with people that will not speak truthfully.
Sunny Chan

I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.
Igor Stravinsky

The audience is the best judge of anything. They cannot be lied to. Truth brings them closer. A moment that lags - they're gonna cough.
Barbra Streisand

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

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Adlai Stevenson

What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth.
Boris Pasternak

You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal. For, in the vernacular, we Americans are suckers for good news.
Adlai Stevenson

Sometimes I even ask myself if all this has really happened, if its pictures dwell in truth in my memory, and not merely in my imagination.
Jules Verne

Science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid and merits universal acceptance only if it can be independently verified. The impersonal rigor of the method means it is utterly apolitical. A truth in science is verifiable whether you are black or white, male or female, old or young. It's verifiable whether you like the results of a study, or you don't
Michael Crichton

Scarce any problem will appear more hard and difficult, than that of determining the distance of the Sun from the Earth very near the truth: but even this... will without much labour be effected.
Edmond Halley

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

The truth which makes me free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear (A Time for Greatness)
Herbert Agar

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.
Dame Edith Sitwell

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

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

Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise.
Samuel Johnson

Terror is as much a part of the concept of truth as runniness is of the concept of jam. We wouldn't like jam if it didn't, by its very nature, ooze. We wouldn't like truth if it wasn't sticky, if, from time to time, it didn't ooze blood.
Jean Baudrillard

The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
George Santayana

Never apologise for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologise for the truth.
Benjamin Disraeli

There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.
Marie Curie

My friends seem much more excited about my doing Anastasia than Brainstorming. To tell you the truth, I feel the same way
Natalie Wood

A maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Sound maxims are the germs of good; strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will.
Joseph Joubert

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

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

These attitudes, however distasteful, do persist - we need to confront that truth.
Andy Duncan

Self-truth is the essence of heroism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The truth is always a compound of two half-truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say.
Tom Stoppard

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Thomas Jefferson

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.Courageous, untroubled, mocking and violent-that is what Wisdom wants us to be. Wisdom is a woman, and loves only a warrior.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

The best mind-altering drug is the truth.
Lily Tomlin

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

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
Thomas Merton

The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
Willa Cather

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Those who differ most from the opinions of their fellow men are the most confident of the truth of their own
Sir James Mackintosh

The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.
Oscar Wilde

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
Joseph Addison

The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards.
Alexander Jablokov

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Sir Isaac Newton

Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
Graham Greene

Every scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly, they say they always believed it.
Louis Agassiz

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
James Madison

In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.
Leonard Cohen

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us
Paul Valery



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