Quotations: Truth

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

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.
Simone de Beauvoir

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

If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth we must still march on.
Stopford Brooke

Theories are private property, but truth is common stock.
Charles Caleb Colton

The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
Jim Davis

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
Denis Diderot

Men ardently pursue truth, assuming it will be angels' bread when found.
W. MacNeile Dixon

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is rarely writ in ink; it lives in nature.
Martin H. Fischer

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 reëstablish the truth.
Martin H. Fischer

There is no truth. There is only perception.
Gustave Flaubert

There is no god higher than truth.
Mahatma Gandhi

It will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth.
Werner Heisenberg

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

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

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
Aldous Huxley

The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.
William James

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Thomas Jefferson

I am the fellow citizen of every being that thinks; my country is Truth.
Alphonse de Lamartine

Truth is a great flirt.
Franz Liszt

There is no Truth. There is only the truth within each moment.
Ramana Maharshi

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives... by make-believe.
W. Somerset Maugham

Truth is after all a moving target Hairs to split, And pieces that don't fit How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is after all so poorly lit.
Neil Peart

Truth has very few friends and those few are suicides.
Antonio Porchia

My truths do not last long in me. Not as long as those that are not mine.
Antonio Porchia

Truth breeds hatred.
Bias of Priene

People always think something's all true.
J.D. Salinger

Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.
Jean-Paul Sartre

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

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.

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

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
Leo Tolstoy

The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.
Rebecca West

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

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