God made Truth with many doors to welcome
every believer who knocks on them.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-American author
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a
time, but it’s not going to go away.
Elvis Presley (1935-1977), American singer
Truth can receive all lights.
3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713), Sensus Communis (1709),
Long is the way, and hard,
that leads out of the dark
and up to the light.
John Milton (1608-1674), English poet5, Paradise Lost (1667), book 2
and the darkness will go away of itself.
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), Dutch humanist and priest
Adults can learn from very little children.
The Great Spirit may show to them
many things which older people miss.
Black Elk (1863-1950), Sioux holy man
Truth is a land without roads.
You do not go there by following a religion.
J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986), speech in Holland, 3 August 1929
One truth must be on another truth:
truth on truth, line on line,
here a little and there a little.
The Bible, Isaiah 28:10
All truths are half-truths.
It is thinking that they are whole truths
that makes devils of us.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), Dialogues (1954), prologue
It is one thing to show a person that he is wrong,
but it is a very different thing
to give that person the truth.
John Locke (1632-1704), Essay concerning Human Understanding
Truth sits on the lips of dying men.
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), Sohrab and Rustum
If you stay in my teachings,
you will know the truth,
and the truth will make you free.
Jesus, John 8:31-32
I love Plato, but I love truth more.
Aristophanes (c.450-c.385), Greek comedic playwright
It is the truth that you cannot win against.
You can very easily win against me.
Socrates (469-399 BC), Plato Symposium 201 d
The old always fights against the new.
All colors will agree in the dark.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English scientist, lawyer, and statesman
But it does move.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), after giving in to church leaders, in 1632,
who said it was wrong to say that the earth moves around the sun.
To wear the coat of Galileo
it is not enough that people are against you.
You must also be right.
Robert Park (1864-1944), American sociologist
It is dangerous to be right
when the government is wrong.
Voltaire (1694-1778), French writer, historian, and philosopher
Every man has a right to say
what he thinks is true, and every other man
has a right to knock him down for it.
Dying as a martyr is a test.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), English writer and lexicographer
True, it is the salt of the earth;
but no one wants salt rubbed into their sores.
Rebecca West (1892-1983), The Salt of the Earth (1935), chapter 2
There is one thing stronger than
all the armies in the world,
and that is an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French writer and statesman
Don’t worry about people robbing an idea.
If it’s your own and it’s new,
you will have to force it down their throats.
Howard Aiken (1900-1973), computer inventor
We are prisoners of ideas.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American writer and lecturer
I had rather do and not promise
than promise and not do.
Arthur Warwick (1603-1633), English essayist
It is easier to believe a lie
that one has heard a thousand times
than to believe a truth
that one has never heard before.
Robert S. Lynd (1892-1970), American sociologist
Newspaper writers say a thing
that they know isn’t true,
in the hope that if they
keep on saying it long enough, it will be true.
Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), English novelist, essayist and playwright
He who is not very strong in remembering
should not play with lying.
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French writer
Be sure your sin will find you out.
The Bible, Numbers 32:23
When you do not know what to say,
tell the truth.
Mark Twain (1835-1910), Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar
It is a good thing to tell the truth,
but it is important, too, to be right.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965), former British Prime Minister
Some, when talking, would rather that
others see they are able to hold all arguments,
than that they know how to judge
what is true and what is not.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English scientist & lawyer, Of Discourse
Great is Truth, and stronger than anything.
The Bible, I Esdras 4:41
Truth can never be told as to be understood,
and not be believed.
William Blake (1757-1827), English poet and artist
Truth will always stand up against a lie,
as oil does above water.
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish novelist and playwright
The first good quality of all really great men
is that they are sincere.
They drive out hypocrisy from their hearts.
Anotole France (1844-1924), poet, journalist, and novelist
Hateful to me as the gates of hell
is that man who hides one thing in his heart
and speaks another.
Homer (c. 800 BC-700 BC), Greek epic poet, The Iliad
No one can wear a mask for very long.
Seneca (5 BC-65 AD), Roman philosopher, statesman, and dramatist