truth

When you give up your
own truth to win at someone
else's game, everyone loses.

Stephen C. Paul

   

You ought to be true for the sake of the folks who think you are true.  You never should stoop to a deed that your folks think you would not do.  If you are false to yourself, be the blemish but small, you have injured your folks; you have been false to them all.

Edgar A. Guest

      
Truth must be loved for its own sake.  Those who speak the truth because they are in some way compelled to or for their own advantage, and who are not afraid to tell a lie when it is of no importance to anyone, is not truthful enough.  My soul naturally shuns a lie, and hates even the thought of one.  I feel an inward shame and a sharp remorse if an untruth happens to escape me--as sometimes it does if the occasion is unexpected, and I am taken unawares.

Michel de Montaigne
  

Ask yourself:  If I know something to be true, am I prepared to follow it, even though it is contrary to what I want or to what I have previously held to be true?  Will I follow it if it means being laughed at, if it means personal financial loss, or some kind of hardship?

Eric Liddell

  
  
Truth is always exciting.  Speak it, then.  Life is dull without it.

Pearl S. Buck

   

Those who love truth more than life itself turn away from the fleeting things of time with all their souls.  To use an expression of Plato--God himself sets their faces in the right direction.

Simone Weil

   

The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm
looking for the truth" and so it goes away.  Puzzling.

Robert M. Pirsig

   

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At the core of everything I write is the feeling that the denial
of the truth imprisons us even further in ourselves.  Of course,
there's no one "truth."  The great things, the insights that
happen to you, come to you in some internal way.

Paula Fox

  

Never, ever, regret or apologize for believing that when one man or
one woman decides to risk addressing the world with truth, the world
may stop what it is doing and hear.
   There is too much evidence to the contrary.


Robert Fulghum

  
Believe those who are seeking the truth;
doubt those who find it.

Andre Gide

The truth will set you free. 
But before it does, it might make you angry.

Jerry Joiner

Truth is completely spontaneous.  Lies have to be taught.

R. Buckminster Fuller

If you want to write the truth, you must write about yourself.  I am the only real truth I know.

Jean Rhys
  

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Prudent is the one who can keep silent that part of truth which
may be untimely, and by not speaking it, does not spoil
the truth of what he or she said.

Pope John XXIII

   

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If anyone can show me, and convince me, that I have acted
or thought in error, I will gladly change; for I seek truth,
and no one was ever injured by the truth.  But people injure
themselves if they live with self-deception and ignorance.


Marcus Aurelius
 

Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true.

Richard Bach

 

You never find yourself until you face the truth.

Pearl Bailey

  

  

We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until
we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

William James

  

All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but those who keep back
truth, or withhold it from others, from motives of
expediency, are either cowards or criminals.

James Russell Lowell

  

Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine and whoever
breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise.

Horace Mann

  
  

People say they love truth, but in reality they want
to believe that which they love is true.

Robert Ringer

  

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

  

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack
of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.

W. Clement Stone

  

The TRUTH:  It may not lead you to where you thought
you were going, but it will always lead you somewhere better.
When ignored, it will eventually show itself.  The closeness
of your relationships is directly proportional to the degree to which
you have revealed the truth about yourself. It can be painful.

unattributed

  

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love the truth.

Confucius

   
Truth exists only for each individual when he or she
produces it through his or her actions.

Søren Kierkegaard

Not everyone can see the truth, but everyone can be the truth.

Franz Kafka

Truth exists; only falsehood needs to be invented.

George Braque

The gulf between knowledge and truth is infinite.

Henry Miller

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always
been in excess of the demand.

Josh Billings

   
Articles and book excerpts on truth:

Integrity      Paul Bauer

   
Those who justify themselves do not convince.  To know truth one must
get rid of knowledge; nothing is more powerful and creative than emptiness.

Lao-Tzu
    

The search for truth is but the honest searching out of everything that interferes
with truth.  Truth is.  It can neither be lost nor sought nor found.  It is there,
wherever you are, being within you.  Yet it can be recognized or unrecognized.

A Course in Miracles

   

Believing ourselves to be possessors of absolute truth degrades us:
we regard every person whose way of thinking is different from ours
as a monster and a threat and by so doing turn our own selves
into monsters and threats to our fellows.

Octavio Paz

    

    
We have to be utterly broken before we can realize that it is impossible
to better the truth.  It is the truth that we deny which so tenderly and
forgivingly picks up the fragments and puts them together again.

Laurens Van der Post
   

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself
I seem to have been only a child playing on the seashore
while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Isaac Newton

    

If one can actually revert to the truth, then a great deal of
one's suffering can be erased--because a great deal of
one's suffering is based on sheer lies.

R.D.Laing

   
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; and so are lies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

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

William James

   

  

If you tell the truth, you have infinite power supporting you;
but if not, you have infinite power against you.

Charles Gordon

   

The simplest and commonest truth seems new and wonderful
when we experience it for the first time in our own life.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

   

    
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties
through my love for truth, and truth rewarded me.

Simone de Beauvoir
    

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

   

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain:  either you will
reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers
so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

Friedrich Nietzsche

   
Have confidence in the truth, although you may not be able
to comprehend it, although you may suppose its sweetness to
be bitter, although you may shrink from it at first.  Trust in the
Truth. . . . Have faith in the Truth and live it.

the Buddha
   

There is no path to truth.  Truth must be discovered, but there is no
formula for its discovery.  What is formulated is not true.  You must
set out on the uncharted sea, and the uncharted sea is yourself.

J. Krishnamurti

    

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Truth has never been, can never be, contained in any one creed or system.

Mary Augusta Ward
    

There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths.  It is trying
to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.

Alfred North Whitehead

   

Start telling the truth now and never stop.  Begin by telling the truth to
yourself about yourself.  Then tell the truth to yourself about someone
else.  Then tell the truth about yourself to another. Then tell the truth
about another to that other.  Finally, tell the truth to everyone about
everything.  These are the five levels of truth telling.
This is the five-fold path to freedom.

Neale Donald Walsch

   
If we regard truth as something handed down from authorities on high,
the classroom [or office] will look like a dictatorship.  If we regard
truth as a fiction determined by personal whim, the classroom will look
like anarchy.  If we regard truth as emerging from a complex process
of mutual inquiry, the classroom will look like a resourceful
and interdependent community.

Parker J. Palmer
The Courage to Teach
  

To find the gold of truth often means getting a more universal viewpoint
of life, of yourself, of everything that comprises your world.  The
greatness and power of many souls of the past resulted in their seeing
in a higher context than perhaps the average person.  They knew
where to look to find the golden nuggets of truth.  Time does not
prevent us from knowing these higher truths; our stage
of consciousness makes the difference.

John Marks Templeton
Worldwide Laws of Life

   

Every new truth begins in a shocking heresy.

Margaret Deland

   
truth

 
Opinion is a flitting thing,
But Truth outlasts the Sun--
If then we cannot own them both--
Possess the oldest one.

Emily Dickinson
  

Talent is by no means rare in the world; nor is even genius.  But can the
talent be trusted?--can the genius?  Not unless based on
truthfulness--
on veracity.  It is this quality more than any
other that commands the
esteem and respect, and secures the confidence of others.  Truthfulness
is at the foundation of all
personal excellence.  It exhibits itself in
conduct.  It is
rectitude--truth in action, and shines through every word
and deed.  It means reliableness, and convinces other people that it can
be
trusted.  And we are already of consequence in the world when
it is
known that we can be relied on,--that when we say we know a thing, we
do know it,--that when we says we will do a thing, we can do, and do
it.  Thus reliableness becomes a passport to
the general
esteem and confidence of humankind.

Samuel Smiles
Character

 

   

  

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