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God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
~Aldous Huxley
Truth, like milk, arrives in the darkBut even so, wise dogs don't bark.Only mongrels make it hardFor the milkman to come up the yard.
~Christopher Morley, Dogs Don't Bark at the Milkman
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
~Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia
I never dreamed of being Shakespeare or Goethe, and I never expected to hold the great mirror of truth up before the world; I dreamed only of being a little pocket mirror, the sort that a woman can carry in her purse; one that reflects small blemishes, and some great beauties, when held close enough to the heart.
~Peter Altenberg
The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.
~William James
Men ardently pursue truth, assuming it will be angels' bread when found.
~W. MacNeile Dixon
There is no god higher than truth.
~Mahatma Gandhi
Truth has very few friends and those few are suicides.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.
~Rebecca West
It will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth.
~Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy
Truth is rarely writ in ink; it lives in nature.
~Martin H. Fischer
When I tell any truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
~William Blake
Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.
~Shoseki
Without faith there is no truth, for that is all the truth is or ever was.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
There is no Truth. There is only the truth within each moment.
~Ramana Maharshi, attributed
Truth is after all a moving targetHairs to split,And pieces that don't fitHow can anybody be enlightened?Truth is after all so poorly lit.
~Neil Peart, Turn the Page(Thank you, Ryan)
Theories are private property, but truth is common stock.
~Charles Caleb Colton
It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth.
~Oscar Wilde
My truths do not last long in me. Not as long as those that are not mine.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Truth breeds hatred.
~Bias of Priene, Maxims
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
~Dogen
One of life's regrets is that you didn't always tell the truth, and now it's too late, because the truth has changed.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
People always think something's all true.
~J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch, nay, you may kick it all about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
~Leo Tolstoy
Truth is the breath of life to human society. It is the food of the immortal spirit. Yet a single word of it may kill a man as suddenly as a drop of prussic acid.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
I am the fellow citizen of every being that thinks; my country is Truth.
~Alphonse de Lamartine, "Marseillaise of Peace," 1841
Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.
~Jean-Paul Sartre
Truth is a great flirt.
~Franz Liszt
I am of the Buddhists. The great Teacher comes periodically. He is followed by pupils who corrupt the texts and then a new Buddha must be born to re√ęstablish the truth.
~Martin H. Fischer
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
~Denis Diderot
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
~George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska, 1919
...Science and mathematicsRun parallel to reality, they symbolize it, they squint at it,They never touch it: consider what an explosionWould rock the bones of men into little white fragments and unsky the worldIf any mind for a moment touch truth.
~Robinson Jeffers, "The Silent Shepherds," The Beginning & the End
The greatest truths are the simplest: so likewise are the greatest men.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
~Simone de Beauvoir
Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives... by make-believe.
~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938
When one has one's hand full of truth it is not always wise to open it.
~French Proverb
Truth is no Doctoresse, she takes no degrees at Paris or Oxford... but oftentimes to such an one as myself, an Idiota or common person, no great things, melancholizing in woods where waters are, quiet places by rivers, fountains, whereas the silly man expecting no such matter, thinketh only how best to delectate and refresh his mynde continually with Natura her pleasaunt scenes, woods, water-falls, or Art her statelie gardens, parks, terraces, Belvideres, on a sudden the goddesse herself Truth has appeared, with a shyning lyghte, and a sparklyng countenance, so as yee may not be able lightly to resist her.
~Charles Lamb
We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.
~Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
~Attributed to James A. Garfield
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
There is no truth. There is only perception.
~Gustave Flaubert
If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth we must still march on.
~Stopford Brooke