: I am sick of the disparity between things as they are and as they should be. I'm tired.I'm tired of the truth and I'm tired of lying about the truth. Edward Franklin, III Albee
BESSIE1960 The Death of Bessie Smith.
It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. Maya originally MayaJohnson Angelou
On Africa. In the NewYork Times,16 Apr.
I am innocent of the charge, and nothing you will say however clever you are in the wording of out-of-context pieces, however clever you are in letting people know what 'on and off the record'means, there is only one thing that mattersinthis court of law, sir: Ihavenever had sexual intercourse with her. And that is the truth! Jeffrey Howard, Lord Archer
Giving evidence at a libel trial in1987. Quoted in Michael Crick Jeffrey Archer: Stranger than Fiction (1996).
Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas. Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. Aristotle
Proverbial expression, traditionally attributed to Aristotle, going back to a passage in the Ethica Nicomachea,1069a. English cricket commentator and writer, a police detective before joining the BBC in 1945. His voice became the epitome of radio cricket commentary.
Itcontains a misleading impression, not a lie.It was being economical with the truth. Robert, Baron Armstrong of Ilminster Armstrong
On a letter, during cross-examination at the'Spycatcher' trial, New South Wales, Australia, quoted in the Daily Telegraph, 19 Nov.
Truth sits upon the lips of dying men. Matthew Arnold
Poems: A New Edition,'Sohrab and Rustum', l.656.
For rigorous teachers seized my youth, And other its faith, and trimmed its fire, Showed me the high, white star of Truth, There bade me gaze, and there aspire. Matthew Arnold
Poems: Second Series,'Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse', l.67^70.
This truthto prove, and make thine own: 'Thou hast been, shalt be, art, alone.' Matthew Arnold
'Isolation. To Marguerite', l.29-30.
O tell me the truth about love. When it comes, will it come without warning Just as I'm picking my nose? Will it knock on my door in the morning, Or tread in the bus on my toes? W(ystan) H(ugh) Auden
'Twelve Poems', section12.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, ch.1, opening lines.
Sentences which simply express moral judgements do not say anything. Theyare pure expressions of feeling and as such donot come under the categoryof truth and falsehood. SirAlfred Jules Ayer
Language, Truth and Logic, ch.6.
So let great authors have their due, as time, which is the author of authors, be not deprived of his due, which is further and further to discover the truth. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon
The Advancement of Learning, bk.1, ch.4, section12.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon
Essays, no.1,'Of Truth'.
The inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon
Essays, no.1,'Of Truth'.
It had been hard for him that spake it to have put more truth and untruth together, in a few words, than in that speech: 'Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast, or a god.' Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon
Essays, no.27,'Of Friendship'.
There are two modes of acquiring knowledge, namely, by reasoning and experience. Reasoning draws a conclusion and makes us grant the conclusion, but does not make the conclusion certain, nor does it remove doubt so that the mind may rest on the intuition of truth unless the mind discovers it by the path of experience. Roger known as Doctor Mirabilis Bacon
Opus Majus (translated by Robert Belle Burke,1928).
A platitude is simply a truth repeated until people get tired of hearing it. Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin (of Bewdley)
Speech in the House of Commons, 29 May.
It hasalwaysbeendesirabletotell thetruth, but seldomif ever necessary to tell the whole truth. ArthurJames Balfour, 1st Earl Balfour
There are two kinds of truthreal truths and made-up truths. Marion Shepilov,Jr Barry
Of the drug charges lodged against him. In the Washington Post,13 May.
L'imagination est la reine du vrai, et le possible est une des provinces du vrai. Imagination is the queen of the truth and the possible is one of the provinces of the truth. Charles Baudelaire
Le Spleen de Paris,'Salon de1859', pt.3.
I see there's truth in no man, nor obedience But for his own ends. Francis and Fletcher,John Beaumont
A King and No King, act 4, sc.2.
Matilda told such Dreadful Lies, It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes; Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth, Had kept a Strict Regard forTruth, Attempted to Believe Matilda: The effort very nearly killed her. (Joseph) Hilaire Pierre Belloc
Everywhere the sea is a teacher of truth. I am not sure that the best thing I find in sailing is not this salt of reality. (Joseph) Hilaire Pierre Belloc
c.1910 The Cruise of the Nona.
A man may say,'From now on I'm going to speak the truth.' But the truth hears him and runs away and hides before he's even done speaking. Saul Bellow
Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few. George Berkeley
L, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 94 Bible (Old Testament)
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me,O L God of truth. Bible (Old Testament)
Behold, thoudesiresttruth intheinward parts: and inthe hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Bible (Old Testament)
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee. Bible (Old Testament)
The first wrote,Wine is the strongest. The second wrote, The king is strongest. The third wrote,Women are strongest: but above all thingsTruth beareth away the victory. Bible (Apocrypha)
And she said,Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters'table. Bible (NewTestament)
And theWord wasmade flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Bible (NewTestament)
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Bible (NewTestament)
St John 4:24.
And ye shall know thetruth, and thetruth shall make you free. Bible (NewTestament)
St John 8:32.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of the father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Bible (NewTestament)
St John 8:44.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Bible (NewTestament)
Pilate saith unto him,What is truth? Bible (NewTestament)
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator. Bible (NewTestament)
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Bible (NewTestament)
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Bible (NewTestament)
'Theosophy' isthe essence of all religionand of absolute truth, a drop of which only underlies every creed. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
The Key to Theosophy.
The cross is God's truth about us, and therefore it is the only power thatcanmakeustruthful.Whenwe know the cross we are no longer afraid of the truth. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Nachfolge (translated as The Cost of Discipleship).
Los metaf|sicos de Tl o« n no buscan la verdad ni siquiera la verosimilitud: buscan el asombro. Juzgan que la metaf|sica es una rama de la literatura fanta stica. The metaphysicians of Tlo« n do not seek for the truth or even for verisimilitude, but rather for the astounding. They judge that metaphysics is a branch of fantastic literature. Jorge Luis Borges
Ficciones,'Tlo« n, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' (1963).
The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth. Malcolm Stanley Bradbury
Stepping Westward, bk.2, ch.5.
La ve rite existe; on n'invente que le mensonge. Truth exists; only lies are invented. Georges Braque
Notebook entry. Collected in Le Jour et la nuit: Cahiers1917^52.
They love the Good; they worshipTruth; They laugh uproariously in youth; (And when they get to feeling old, They up and shoot themselves, I'm told). Rupert Chawner Brooke
'The Old Vicarage, Grantchester'.
Thosevulgar headsthat look asquint ontheface oftruth. SirThomas Browne
^5 Religio Medici (published1643), pt.1, section 3.
Every man is not a proper champion for truth, nor fit to take up the gauntlet in the cause of verity. SirThomas Browne
^5 Religio Medici (published1643), pt.1, section 6.
It is the gloryand good of Art, That Art remains the one way possible Of speaking truth, to mouths like mine, at least. Robert Browning
^9 The Ring and the Book, bk.12, l.838^40.
But, thanks to wine-less and democracy, We've still our stage where truth calls spade a spade! Robert Browning
'Aristophanes' Apology', stanza1.
Science is knowledge arranged and classified according to truth, facts, and the general laws of nature. Luther Burbank
Interview in the San Francisco Bulletin, 22 Jan.
They gang in Stirks, and come out Asses, Plain truth to speak; An'syne they think to climb Parnassus By dint o'Greek! Robert Burns
'Epistle to J. Lapraik, An Old Scotch Bard,1 April1785', stanza12.
A lie can travel halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on. See Spurgeon 811:41. Baron
Speech in the House of Commons, Nov.
L'absurde est la notion essentielle et la premie' re ve rite . The absurd is the fundamental idea and the first truth. Albert Camus
Le Mythe de Sisyphe ( The Myth of Sisyphus,1955).
A poem, whose subject is not truth, but things like truth. 206 George Chapman
The Revenge of Bussy d'Ambois, dedication.
He loved chivalrie, Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisie. Geoffrey Chaucer
Canterbury Tales,'General Prologue', l.45^6.
Trouthe is the hyest thyng that man may kepe. Geoffrey Chaucer
Canterbury Tales,'The Franklin's Tale', l.1479.
She was maintaining the prime truth of woman, the universal motherthat if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. G(ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton
What's Wrong with the World, pt.4,'Folly and Female Education'.
Alas! they had been friends in youth; But whispering tongues can poison truth; And constancy lives in realms above; And life is thorny; and youth is vain; And to be wroth with one we love Doth work like madness on the brain. 226 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end by loving himself better than all. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Aids to Reflection: Moral and Religious Aphorisms.
No mask like open truth to cover lies, As to go naked is the best disguise. William Congreve
The Double Dealer, act 5, sc.6.
Of all the inanimate objects, of all men's creations, books are the nearest to us, for they contain our very thoughts, our ambitions, our indignations, our illusions, our fidelity to truth, and our persistent leaning towards error.But most of all they resemble us in their precarious hold on life. Sir William Neil pseudonym Cassandra Connor
On the contrary, the mere fact of dealing with matters outside the general run of everyday experience laid me under the obligation of a more scrupulous fidelity to the truth of my own sensations. The problem was to make unfamiliar things credible. Constantinus
Within the Tides, preface.
In a world where it is so easy to neglect, deny, pervert and suppress the truth, the scientist may find his discipline severe. For him, truth is so seldom the sudden lightthat showsneworderand beauty; more often, truth is the uncharted rock that sinks his ship in the dark. SirJohnWarcup Cornforth
Nobel prize speech.
You promise heavens free from strife, Pure truth, and perfect change of will; But sweet, sweet is this human life, So sweet, I fain would breathe it still; Your chilly stars I can forgo, This warm kind world is all I know. William originally WilliamJohnson Cory
Ionica, Poems,'Mimnermus in Church'.
He likes the country, but in truth must own, Most likes it, when he studies it in town. William Cowper
I paint the cot, As truth will paint it, and as bards will not. George Crabbe
The Village, bk.1, l.53^4.
Habit with him was all the test of truth, 'It must be right: I've done it from my youth.' George Crabbe
The Borough, letter 3,'The Vicar', l.138^9.
We are survival machinesrobot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment. Richard Dawkins
The Selfish Gene, ch.2.
Le bon sens est la chose du monde la mieux partage e: car chacun pense en e" tre si bien pourvu, que ceux me" me qui sont les plus difficiles a' contenter en toute autre chose n'ont point coutume d'en de sirer plus qu'ils ont. En quoi il n'est pas vraisemblable que tous se trompent; mais pluto" t cela te moigne que la puissance de bien juger et distinguer le vrai d'avec le faux, qui est proprement ce qu'on nomme le bon sens ou la raison, est naturellement e gale en tous les hommes. Good sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world; for everyone thinks himself so well supplied with it, that even those who are hardest to satisfy in every other way do not usually desire more of it than they already have. In this matter it is not likely that everybody is mistaken; it rather goes to show that the power of judging well and distinguishing truth from falsehood, which is what we properly mean by good sense or reason, is naturally equal in all men. Rene Descartes
Discours de la me thode (Discourse on Method),1st discourse (translated by G E M Anscombe and Peter Geach).
Pour ce qu'alors je de sirais vaquer seulement a' la recherche de la ve rite , je pensai qu'il fallait que jerejetasse comme absolument faux tout ce en quoi je pourrais imaginer le moindre doute, afin de voir s'il ne resterait point, apre' s cela, quelque chose en ma cre ance qui f u" t entie' rement indubitable. Sincemy present aimwastogivemyself up tothepursuit of truth alone, I thought I mustreject as if absolutely false anything as to which I could imagine the least doubt, in order to see if I should not be left at the end believing something that was absolutely indubitable. Rene Descartes
Discours de la me thode (Discourse on Method), 4th discourse (translated by G E M Anscombe and Peter Geach).
Supponam igitur non optimum Deum, fontem veritatis, sed genium aliquum malignum, eundemque summe potentem et callidum, omnem suam industriam in eo posuisse, ut me falleret. I will suppose then, not that there is a supremely good God, the source of truth; but that there is an evil spirit, who is supremely powerful and intelligent, and does his utmost to deceive me. Rene Descartes
Meditationes,1st meditation (translated by G E M Anscombe and Peter Geach).
Pero la verdad es que estoy cansada, horriblemente cansada de ser la esposa femenina de ese animal masculino que se rasca, pierde el pelo sistema ticamente y canta tangos pasados de moda! Quisieraquisiera engordar, fumar un puro y enviudar de una manera indolora y elegante. The truth is, I'm tired, frightfully tired of being the feminine spouse to the masculine animal who scratches himself, systematically loses his hair and sings outdated tangos! I'd like I'd like to get fat, to smoke cigars and to become a widow in a painless and elegant fashion. Jorge D| az
El cepillo de dientes ( The Toothbrush), act1.
'It is,'says Chadband,'the ray of rays, the sun of suns, the moonof moons,thestarofstars.It isthelightof Terewth.' CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens
^3 Bleak House, ch.25.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens
^3 Bleak House, ch.28.
Tell all theTruth but tell it slant Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight TheTruth's superb surprise. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
c.1868 Complete Poems, no.1129 (first published1945).
Les beaute s ont, dans les arts, le me" me fondement que les ve rite s dans la philosophie.Qu'est-ce que la ve rite ? La conformite de nos jugements avec les e" tres. Qu'est-ce que la beaute d'imitation? La conformite de l'image avec la chose. Beauty has in art the same foundation as does truth in philosophy. What is the truth? The conformity of our judgements with beings. What is the beauty of imitation? The conformity of the image with the thing. Denis Diderot
Entretiens sur le fils naturel, pt.3.
Le public ne sait pas toujours de sirer le vrai. Thepublicdoesnot alwaysknowhow todesirethetruth. Denis Diderot
Discours sur la poe sie dramatique.
Justice is truth in action. Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield Disraeli
Speech, House of Commons,11 Feb.
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? SirArthur Conan Doyle
The Sign of Four, ch.6.
Some truth there was, but dashed and brewed with lies, To please the fools, and puzzle all the wise. John Dryden
Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.114^15.
For truth has such a face and such a mien As to be loved needs only to be seen. John Dryden
The Hind and the Panther, pt.1, l.33^4.
One thing alone I charge you. As you live, believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to a greater, broader and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long. W(illiam) E(dward) B(urghardt) Du Bois
Written 26 Jun, and read as an oration at his funeral.
Was man made stupid to see his own stupidity? Is God by definition indifferent, beyond us all? Is the eternal truth man's fighting soul Wherein the Beast ravens in its own avidity? Richard Ghormley Eberhart
'The Fury of Aerial Bombardment'.
The land may vary more; But wherever the truth may be The water comes ashore, And the people look at the sea. Robert Lee Frost
'Neither Far Out Nor in Deep'.
Quiet book-learning in monasteries and ethereal music, sonnets and courtly lovethat stuff is all fantasyand veneer You couldn't afford to let the beauty of the thing seduce you too far or you forgot the truth and the truth was always hard as iron bloody bars. Janice Galloway
Foreign Parts, ch.7.
Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was homey, appetizing: a habit. Martha Ellis Gellhorn
The Face of War, introduction.
The Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of theThames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pupils might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctityand truth of the revelation of Mahomet. Edward Gibbon
^88 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ch.52.
Nous savons tous ici que le droit est la plus puissante des e coles de l'imagination. Jamais poe' te n'a interpre te la nature aussi librement qu'un juriste la re alite . We all know here that the law is the most powerful of schools for the imagination. No poet ever interpreted nature as freelyas a lawyer interprets the truth. (Hippolyte) Jean Giraudoux
La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu, act 2, sc.5.
La photographie, c'est la ve rite . Le cine ma: la ve rite vingt- quatre fois par seconde. Photography is truth. And cinema is truth twenty-four times a second. Jean-Luc Godard
Le Petit Soldat.
Das Erste und Letzte, was vom Genie gefordert wird, ist Wahrheitsliebe. The first and thelastthingdemanded of geniusisthelove of truth. JohannWolfgang von Goethe
Spru« che in Prosa, Maximen und Reflexionen, pt.6.
Science is the only truth and it is the great lie. It knows nothing, and people think it knows everything. It is misrepresented. People think that science is electricity, automobilism, and dirigible balloons. It is something very different. It is life devouring itself. It is the sensibility transformed into intelligence. It is the need to know stifling the need to live. It is the genius of knowledge vivisecting the vital genius. Re my de Gourmont
Promenades philosophiques (translated by Glen S Burne, 1966).
What's thegood of a lie if it's seen through? When Itell a lie no-one can tell it from the gospel truth. Sometimes I can't even tell it myself. (Henry) Graham Greene
The Captain. The Captain and the Enemy, pt.1, ch.1.
Self-respectcomes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments in quiet places when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the Alfred Whitney Griswold
Soviet politician, notorious for his austere and humourless demeanour. As Foreign Minister (1957^85) he influenced Soviet relations with theWest during the ColdWar. President in 1985, he was replaced by Gorbachev.
I believe that the scientist is trying to expand absolute truth and the artist absolute beauty, so that I find in art and science, and in an attempt to live a good life, all the religion I want. J(ohn) B(urdon) S(anderson) Haldane
'I mean that you paid us more than if you'd been telling the truth,' he explained blandly,'and enough more to make it all right.' (Samuel) Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon,'The Black Bird'.
I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth. Christopher Hampton
Death cancels everything but truth; and strips a man of everything but genius and virtue. It is a sort of natural canonization. William Hazlitt
Spirit of the Age,'Lord Byron'.
To say nothing is out here isincorrect; tosay the desert is stingy with everything except space and light, stoneand earth is closer to the truth. William Least originally WilliamTrogdon Heat-Moon
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America.
That's cynical. [Smiles.] Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. Lillian Florence Hellman
Ben. The Little Foxes, act1.
Who says that fictions onlyand false hair Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty? Is all good structure in a winding stair? George Herbert
'Jordan (1)', collected in The Temple, Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations (published posthumously,1633).
Thereisa certainbasis oftruth inthefear thatthe Russian government is beginning to have of communism, for communism isTsarist autocracy turned upside down. Alexander Ivanovich Herzen
^7 Byloe i dumy (My Past and Thoughts, translated by Constance Garnett,1924).
Science [is] knowledge of the truth of Propositions and how things are called. Thomas Hobbes
Human Nature, ch.6.
Mine eyeshave seen thegloryof the coming of the Lord: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He hath loosed the fatal lightning of his terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on. JuliaWard Howe
'Battle Hymn of the Republic'.
La ve rite de l'art ne saurait jamais e" trela re alite absolue. L'art ne peut donner la chose me" me. The truth of art should never beabsolute reality. Art cannot show the thing itself. Victor Marie Hugo
Cromwell, pre face.
The central propositions [of Descartes]are these: There is a path that leads to the truth so surely that any one who will follow it must needs reach the goal And there is one guiding rule by which a man mayalways find this pathgive unqualified assent to no propositions but those the truth of which is so clear and distinct that they cannot be doubted. T(homas) H(enry) Huxley
Lay Sermons, Addresses, and Reviews.
Our reverence for the nobility of manhood will not be lessened by the knowledge that man is in substance and in structure, one with the brutes; for he alone possesses the marvellous endowment of intelligible and rational speech wherebyhe has slowlyaccumulated and organized the experience which is almost wholly lost with the cessation of individual life in other animals; so that he now stands raised above it as on a mountain-top, far above the level of his humble fellows, and transfigured from his grosser nature by reflecting, here and there, a ray from the infinite source of truth. T(homas) H(enry) Huxley
Man's Place in Nature.
En skulde aldrig ha'sine bedste buxer pafi , nafi r en er ude og strider for frihed og sandhed. You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth. HenrikJohan Ibsen
En folkefiende (An Enemy of the People), act 5.
When will women begin to have the first glimmer that above all other loyalties is the loyalty toTruth, i.e., to yourself, that husband, children, friends and countryare as nothing to that. Alice James
Diary entry,19 Nov.
It is always the best policy to speak the truthunless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. Jerome K(lapka) Jerome
In The Idler (edited by Robert Barr and Jerome), Feb.
Violence is a lie, for it goes against the truth of our faith, the truth of our humanity Violence is a crime against humanity, for it destroysthevery fabric of society.On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence. PopeJohn Paul II originally Karol Jozef Wojtyla
Speech at Drogheda, Ireland, 29 Sep.
The first casualty when war comes is truth. HiramWarren Johnson
Speech, US Senate. US scientist, a member of NASA's Near Earth Object Observation Program.
To these compositions is required neither genius nor knowledge, neither industry nor spriteliness, but contempt of shame, and indifference to truth are absolutely necessary. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson
Of journalistic reporting. In The Idler, no.31,11 Nov.
Among the calamities of War may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson
In The Idler, no.31,11 Nov.
Truth, Sir, is a cow, that will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson
Of sceptics. Remark, 21 Jul. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.1.
Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson
Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.4.
Jazz has always been a man telling the truth about himself. John Paul Jones
Quoted in Alan Kendall The Tender Tyrant: Nadia Boulanger (1976).
I don't give people hell. I tell them the truth and they think it's hell. Roy Keane
On RTE, 28 May.
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imaginationwhat the imagination seizes as beauty must be truthwhether it existed before or not. John Keats
Letter to Benjamin Bailey, 22 Nov.
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,'that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. John Keats
Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems,'Ode on a Grecian Urn', stanza 5.
But it's the truth even if it didn't happen. Ken Elton Kesey
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, pt.1.
The thing is to find a truth for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die. So« ren Aabye Kierkegaard
Journal entry (translated by Alexander Dru,1938).
If a man in truth will the Good then he must be willing to suffer for the Good. So« ren Aabye Kierkegaard
Purity Of Heart Is To Will One Thing (translated by D Steere, 1938).
Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at negroes in every waking moment of their lives, to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them. Martin LutherJr King
Speech at the Christian leadership conference, Atlanta, 16 Aug.
I maintain that truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Speech in Holland. Quoted in Terry Lynn Taylor Messengers of Light, ch.32.
A Church which abandons the truth abandons itself. Hans Ku« ng
Die Kirche (translated by Ray and Rosalee Ockenden as The Church,1967).
There is only one truth, and many opinions. Therefore, most people are wrong most of the time. Mordecai Kurz
In Fortune, 3 Apr.
En ve rite , plus je vis, et plus je suis tente de croire qu'il n'y a que vous et moi dans le monde, qui valions quelque chose. Intruth, themore I live, themore Iamtemptedtobelieve that only you and I are of any value at all in the world. Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos
Les Liaisons dangereuses, letter100.
Il n'e tait pas menteur, il avouait la ve rite et disait qu'il e tait cruel. He was not a liar. He admitted the truth and said that he was cruel. Comte de properly Isidore Ducasse Lautre amont
Les Chants de Maldoror, pt.1.
We must trust to nothing but facts. These are presented to us by Nature, and cannot deceive.We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation. Antoine Laurent Lavoisier
Traite e l e mentaire de la chimie ('Elements of Chemistry', translated by Robert Kerr).
Science has promised us truthan understanding of such relationships as our minds can grasp; it has never promised us either peace or happiness. Gustave Le Bon
US psychologist, Professor at the Universities of California and 1895 Psychologie des foules, introduction.
We are volcanoes.When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. Ursula ne e Kroeber Le Guin
Address at Mills College. Collected as'A Left-Handed Commencement Address' in Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989).
The social scientist is in a difficult, if not impossible position.On the one hand there is the temptation to see all of societyas one's autobiography writ large, surely not the path to general truth.On the other hand, there is the attempt to be general and objective by pretending that one knows nothing about the experience of being human, forcing the investigator to pretend that people usually know and tell the truth about important issues, when we all know from our own lives how impossible that is. Richard Charles Lewontin
'Sex, Lies, and Social Science', in the NewYork Review of Books, 20 Apr.
It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing someone's beard. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
c.1779^1783 Aphorisms, Notebook G (translated by R J Hollingdale,1990).
There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and shame the devil. See Shakespeare 742:17. Walter Lippmann
Liberty and the News,'Journalism and the Higher Law'.
The function of news is to signalize an event, the functionoftruth istobring to lightthehiddenfacts, toset them into relationwith each other, and make a picture of reality on which men can act.Only at those points, where social conditions take recognizable and measurable shape, do the body of truth and the body of news coincide. Walter Lippmann
Public Opinion, ch.23.
Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side. James Russell Lowell
'The Present Crisis', in the Boston Courier,11Dec. Collected in Poems: Second Series,1848. The poem was written in the midst of the controversy over whether Texas should be annexed and slavery extended.
There is onlyone cure for the evilswhichnewlyacquired freedom produces; and that is freedom The blaze of truth and liberty mayat first dazzle and bewilder nations which have become half blind in the house of bondage. But let them gaze on, and they will soon be able to bear it. 1st Baron
'Milton', in the Edinburgh Review, Aug.
Thereisnostrengthinunbelief.Eventheunbeliefof what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve. George MacDonald
The Marquis of Lossie (published1906).
by thus keeping one pace ahead of myself I need never catch up with the truth. Roger McGough
Ma thubhairt ar cainnt gu bheil a'chiall co-ionann ris a'ghaol chan fhior dhi. If our language has said that reason is identical with love, it is not speaking the truth. Sorley Gaelic name Somhairle MacGill-Eain MacLean
'A Chiall's a Ghr a' idh' ('Reason and Love').
We Americans have always considered Hollywood, at best, a sinkholeofdepraved venality. And,ofcourse, it is. It is not a Protective Monastery of AestheticTruth. David Alan Mamet
Writing in Restaurants,'A Playwright in Hollywood'.
Every Communist must grasp the truth that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. Mao Zedong or MaoTse-tung
'Problems of War and Strategy', speech, 6 Nov.
A force de jurer, on engendre quelque doute a' la ve rite . When forced toswearanoath, one canencounterdoubt about the truth. Marguerite d'Angoule" me
Heptame ron, pt.61.
Why, a moral truth is a hollow tooth Which must be propped with gold. Edgar Lee Masters
Spoon River Anthology,'Sersmith the Dentist'.
The man who boasts that he habitually tells the truth is simply a man with no respect for it. It is not a thing to be thrown about loosely, like small change; it is something to be cherished and hoarded, and disbursed only when absolutely necessary. H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken
Prejudices, 3rd series, ch.14.
What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it. Henry Valentine Miller
Tropic of Capricorn.
Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies. John Milton
The Reason of Church Government, bk.2, introduction, 'Plans and Projects'.
For who knows not that Truth is strong next to the Almighty? She needs no policies, nor stratagems, nor licensings to make her victorious. John Milton
Areopagitica: a speech for the liberty of unlicensed printing.
Since therefore the knowledge and survey of vice is in this world so necessary to the constituting of human virtue, and the scanning of error to the confirmation of truth, how can we more safely, and with less danger, scout intotheregions of sinand falsity thanby reading all manner of tractates and hearing all manner of reason? And this is the benefit which may be had of books promiscuously read. John Milton
Areopagitica: a speech for the liberty of unlicensed printing.
Truth indeed came once into the world with her divine Master, and was a perfect shape most glorious to look on: buta wicked race of deceiverstook the virgin Truth, hewed her lovely formintoathousand pieces, and scattered them to the four winds. From that time ever since, the sad friends of Truth, such as durst appear, imitating the careful search that Isis made for the mangled bodyof Osiris, went up and down gathering up limb by limb, still as they could find them.We have not yet found them allnor ever shall do, till her Master's second coming; he shall bring together every joint and member, and shall mould them into an immortal feature of loveliness and perfection. John Milton
Areopagitica: a speech for the liberty of unlicensed printing.
I was here convinced of the truth of a reflection I had often made, that if it was the fashion to go naked, the face would be hardly observed. Lady Mary Wortley ne e Pierrepoint Montagu
c.1716 In a Turkish bath in Sofia. Collected in Lord Wharncliffe (ed) The Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1837).
Will they ever forgive me for writing Roughing It? They know that it was thetruth, but have I not been a mark for every vulgar editor of a village journal, throughout the length and breadth of the land to hurl a stone at, and point out as the enemy to Canada. Susanna ne e Strickland Moodie
Letter to her publisher, Richard Bentley,19 Aug.
It's very nearly impossible to tell the truth in television. Malcolm Muggeridge
Christ and the Media,'Questions following the 3rd lecture'.
I know not what I mayappear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Sir Isaac Newton
Quoted in D Brewster (ed) Memoirs of Newton (1855), vol.2, ch.27.
The pretensions of final truth are always partlyan effort to obscure a darkly felt consciousness of the limits of human knowledge. Reinhold Niebuhr
The Nature and Destiny of Man, vol.1.
Uberzeugungen sind gef a« hrlichere Feinde der Wahrheit als Lu« gen. Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. FriedrichWilhelm Nietzsche
Menschliches, Allzumenschliches (Human, All Too Human), section 483 (translated by R J Hollingdale).
Gesetzt, wir wollenWahrheit: warum nicht lieber Unwahrheit? Und Ungewissheit? Selbst Unwissenheit? Granted we want truth: why not rather untruth? And uncertainty? Even ignorance? FriedrichWilhelm Nietzsche
Jenseits von Gut und Bo« se (Beyond Good and Evil), section1 (translated by R J Hollingdale).
I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebodyelse's.But behind all ofthemthere is onlyone truth and that is that there's no truth. (Mary) Flannery O'Connor
Hazel Motes. Wise Blood, ch.10.
: (sits down opposite his fathercontemptuously).Yes, facts don't mean a thing, do they? What you want to believe, that's the only truth! (Derisively.) Shakespeare was an Irish Catholic, for example. : (stubbornly). So he was. The proof is in his plays. Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
EDMUNDTYRONE1939^41 Long Day's Journey Into Night, act 4 (published1956).
The man who discovers a new scientific truth has previously had to smash to atoms almost everything he had learnt, and arrives at thenew truthwith handsblood stained from the slaughter of a thousand platitudes. Jose Ortega y Gasset
The Revolt of the Masses.
All propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth. George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell
Diary entry,14 Mar.
The friends of totalitarianism in this country tend to argue that since absolute truth is not attainable, a big lie is no worse than a little lie. George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell
'The Prevention of Literature', in Polemic, Jan.
Porque todo es irreal en este cuento. Nada sucedio como se indica. Hechos y sitios se deformaron por el empen o de tocar la verdad mediante una ficcio n, una mentira. Todo irreal, nada sucedio como aqu | se refiere. Pero fue un pobre intento de contribuir a que el gran crimen nunca se repita. For everything in this story is unreal. Nothing happened the way it was suggested. Facts and places were distorted by that persistent desire to touch the truth by means of fiction, a lie. All of it is unreal; nothing happened the way it istold here.It was a poorattempt to help ensure that the great crime is never repeated. Jose Emilio Pacheco
Morira s lejos (translated asYouWill Die in a Distant Land, 1991).
There's a hell of a distance between wise-cracking and wit.Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply callisthenics with words. Dorothy ne e Rothschild Parker
In the Paris Review, Summer.
What you do is take the truth and just skew it a bit. Landon Parvin
On creating political wit for theWashington press's annual Gridiron dinners. In the NewYorkTimes, 29 Mar.
Science is a search for truthit is not a game in which one tries to best his opponent, to do harm to others. Linus Carl Pauling
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso
Quoted in DoreAshton Picasso on Art (1972).
It is the man of science, eager to have his every opinion regenerated, his every idea rationalized, by drinking at the fountain of fact, and devoting all the energies of his life to the cult of truth, not as he understands it, but as he does not yet understand it, that ought properly to be called a philosopher. C(harles) S(aunders) Pierce
SelectedWritings,'Lessons on the History of Science'.
Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20-20 hindsight. It's good for seeing where you've been.It'sgood for testing thetruth of what youthink you know, but it can't tell you where you ought to go. Robert M(aynard) Pirsig
Zen and theArt of Motorcycle Maintenance, pt.3, ch.24.
Sport, rightly conceived, is an occupation carried out by the whole man. It renders the body a more perfect instrument of the soul and at the same time makes the soul itself a finer instrument of the whole man in seeking forTruth and in transmitting it to others. In this way it helps a man to reach that End to which all other ends are subordinate, the service and the greater glory of his Creator. Pius XII real name Eugenio Pacelli
Speech to the Central School of Sports of the USA, 29 Jul.
A new scientific truth does not triumph byconvincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. Max Karl Ernst Planck
A ScientificAutobiography and Other Papers (translated by Frank Gaynor, published1949).
Vulgoque veritas iam attributa vino est. And truth has come to be proverbially credited to wine. Pliny full name GaiusPlinius Secundus known as the Elder
AD 77 Historia Naturalis, bk.14, section 28 (translated by H Rackham).The phrase is often rendered as'in vino veritas'.
If we ought not to fear mortal truth, still less should we dread scientific truth. In the first place it can not conflict with ethics But if science is feared, it is above all because it can give no happiness Man, then, can not be happy through science buttoday he canmuch less be happy without it. (Jules) Henri Poincare
TheValue of Science.
All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony, not understood; All partial evil, universal good: And, spite of Pride, in erring Reason's spite, One truth is clear,'Whatever Is, is.' Alexander Pope
RIGHT1733 An Essay on Man, epistle1, l.289^94.
Created half to rise, and half to fall; Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all; Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled; The glory, jest, and riddle of the world! Alexander Pope
An Essay on Man, epistle 2, l.15^18.
Poetic Justice, with her lifted scale, Where, in nice balance, truth with gold she weighs, And solid pudding against empty praise. Alexander Pope
The Dunciad, bk.1, l.52^4.
It isnot his possession of knowledge, of irrefutabletruth, that makes the man of science, but his persistent and recklessly critical quest for truth. Sir Karl Raimund Popper
The Logic of Scientific Discovery.
What we should do, I suggest, is to give up the idea of ultimate sources of knowledge, and admit that all knowledge is human; that it is mixed with our errors, our prejudices, our dreams, and our hopes; that all we can doistogrope for truth even though it be beyond our reach. Sir Karl Raimund Popper
Conjectures and Refutations (published1963), introduction.
If all the world and love were young, And truth in every shepherd's tongue These pretty pleasures might me move To live with thee and be thy love. See Marlowe 553:17. Sir Walter Raleigh
c.1592 'The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd', a response to Marlowe's 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love', attributed to Raleigh.
Coldcold as truth, cold as life. No, nothing can be as cold as life. Jean pseudonym of Ellen Gwendolen Rees Williams Rhys
Voyage in the Dark, ch.3.
Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth. Laura ne e Reichenthal Riding
Selected Poems: In Five Sets, preface.
French truth,Dutch prowess,British policy, Hibernian learning, Scotch civility, Spaniards'dispatch,Danes' wit, are mainly seen in thee. JohnWilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
c.1673 'Upon Nothing', stanza16 (published1679).
My most neglected wife, till you are a much respected widow,I find you will scarce be a contented woman, and to say no more than the plain truth, I do endeavour so fairly to do you that last good service. JohnWilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
c.1677 Letter to his wife, 20 Nov. InTheLetters ofJohnWilmot, Earl of Rochester, edited byJeremyTreglown (1980).
There can be no danger in sweetness and youth Where love is secured by good nature and truth, On her beauty I'll gaze, and of pleasure complain, While every kind look adds a link to my chain. JohnWilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
'The Submission', l.13^16 (published1680).
Nothing leadsthescientist soastrayas a prematuretruth. Jean Rostand
'Pense es d'un Biologiste', collected inTheSubstance of Man (translated by Irma Brandeis,1962).
Por las verdades se pierden los amigos, e per las non dezir se fazen desamigos. Telling the truth loses you friends; not telling it gains you enemies. Juan Ruiz
c.1330 Libro de Buen Amor, stanza165.
Mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beautya beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell
The Principles of Mathematics.
No blazoned banner we unfold One charge alone we give to youth, Against the sceptred myth to hold, The golden heresy of truth. GeorgeWilliam pseudonym Ã“ Russell
'On Behalf of Some Irishmen not Followers ofTradition'.
A man who lies, thinking it is the truth, is an honest man, and a man who tells the truth, believing it to be a lie, is a liar. William Safire
After the Fall, referring toWatergate and the resignation of Richard M Nixon.
Lave rite , pourl'homme, c'est ce qui fait de lui unhomme. Truth, for a human, is what makes him or her a human being. Antoine de Saint-Exupe ry
Un Sens a' la vie (unedited texts collected by Claude Reynal, published1956).
Le vrai est trop simple, il faut y arriver toujours par le complique . Truth is too simple; it must always be arrived at in a complicated manner. Sir Sydney Samuelson
Letter to Armand Barb e' s, May.
Thenewspaper is of necessitysomethingof a monopoly, and its first duty is to shun the temptations of a monopoly. Its primary office is the gathering of News. At the peril of its soul it must see that the supply is not tainted. Neither in what it gives, nor in what it does not give, nor in the mode of presentation, must the unclouded face of Truth suffer wrong.Comment is free, but facts are sacred. C(harles) P(restwich) Scott
Of the newspaper industry. In the Manchester Guardian, special centenary issue, 6 May.
The Big Bow-wow strain I can do myself like any now going; but the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting, from the truth of description and the sentiment, is denied to me. Sir Walter Scott
OnJaneAusten. Journal,14 Mar.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world. George Bernard Shaw
Peter Keegan to Nora Reilly.John Bull's Other Island, act 2.
In honoured poverty thy voice did weave Songs concentrate to truth and liberty, Deserting these, thou leavest me to grieve, Thus having been, that thou shouldst cease to be. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Life may change, but it may fly not, Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed,but it returneth! Percy Bysshe Shelley
Loving in truth, and vain in verse my love to show, That she (dear she) mighttake some pleasure of my pain, Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know; Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain. Nevil originally Nevil Shute Norway Shute
Astrophel and Stella, sonnet1.
For seasons change, And order, truth, and beauty range, Adjust, attract, and fill: The grass the polyanthus cheques; And polished porphyry reflects, By the descending rill. Christopher Smart
ADORATION1763 A Song to David, stanza 52.
Veritas norma sua est. Truth is its own standard. Baruch also known as Benedict de Spinoza Spinoza
Ethics, bk.2, prop.43, note.
If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly: it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb, 'a lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on'. Bruce Springsteen
Collected in Gems from Spurgeon (1859).
Those grave fellows are my aversion who sift everything with the utmost nicety, and find the malignity of a lie in a piece of humour, pushed a little beyond exact truth. Sir Richard Steele
In the Guardian, no.42, 29 Apr.
What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public. Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Like a dull scholar, I behold, in love, An ancient aspect touching a new mind. It comes, it blooms, it bears its fruit and dies. This trivial trope reveals a way of truth. Our bloom isgone.We are the fruit thereof. Wallace Stevens
Harmonium,'Le Monocle de Mon Oncle', pt.8.
If Republicans will stop telling lies about the United States, we will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai E(wing) Stevenson
Speech at Bakersfield, California. Quoted in Time,10 Sep.
Looking back, I am content.Win or lose I have told you the truth as I see it. I have said what I meant and meant what I said. Adlai E(wing) Stevenson
Concluding his campaign. Reported in Time,10 Sep.
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 E(wing) Stevenson
Speech, Michigan, 8 Jun.
These unhappy people were proposing schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favourites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity and virtue; of teaching ministers to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities and eminent services; of instructing princes to know their true interest by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people: of choosing for employment persons qualified to exercise them; with many other wild impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive, and confirmed in me the old observation, that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational which some philosophers have not maintained for truth. Jonathan Swift
Gulliver'sTravels,'A Voyage to Laputa, etc.'ch.6.
This is truth the poet sings, That a sorrow's crownofsorrow isremembering happier things. Tennyson
Poems,'Locksley Hall' l.75^6.
This truth within thy mind rehearse, That in a boundless universe Is boundless better, boundless worse. Tennyson
Poems,'TheTwoVoices', stanza 9, l.25^7.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin, The faithless coldness of the times; Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in. Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease; Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land; 844 Ring in the Christ that is to be. Tennyson
In Memoriam A.H.H., canto106, l.17^32.
Who never sold the truth to serve the hour, Nor paltered with Eternal God of power. Tennyson
'Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington', stanza 7, l.179^80.
That a lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright, But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight. Tennyson
'The Grandmother', stanza 8, l.31^2.
To love one maiden only, cleave to her, And worship her by years of noble deeds, Until they won her; for indeed I knew Of no more subtle master under heaven Than is the maiden passion for a maid, Not only to keep down the base in man, But teach high thought, and aimable words And courtliness, and the desire of fame, And love of truth, and all that makes man. Tennyson
Idylls of the King,'Guinevere', l.472^80.
Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Wherethere isdespair, may we bring hope. See St Francis 334:98. Margaret HildaThatcher, Baroness Thatcher
Said on entering No.10 Downing Street for the first time as Prime Minister; 4 May. A misquotation of St Francis of Assisi.
Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. Hunter S(tockton) Thompson
'Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl', in Rolling Stone, 15 Feb.
The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency. Henry David Thoreau
It takes two to speak the truth,one to speak, and another to hear. Henry David Thoreau
AWeek on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers,'Wednesday'.
Of all journals, and of all writers, those will obtain the largest measure of public support who have told the truth most constantly and most fearlessly. TheTimes
Leading article, 6 Feb.
How Idid respect you whenyoudaredtospeak thetruth to me! Men don't know women, or they would be harder to them. Anthony Trollope
The Claverings, ch.15.
If you think somebody is telling a big lie about you, the only way to answer is with the whole truth. Harry S Truman
On SenatorJoseph R McCarthy. Quoted inJohn Hersey Aspects of the Presidency (1980).
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell. Harry S Truman
Interview, in Look, 3 Apr.
When in doubt, tell the truth. Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain
Following the Equator, ch.2.
I don't know anything that mars good literature so completelyas too much truth. Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain
'The Savage Club Dinner'. Quoted in Albert Bigelow Paine (ed) MarkTwain's Speeches (1923).
She say,Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for himtoshow. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God. Alice Malsenior Walker
Shug.The Color Purple.
There were many ways of not burdening one's conscience, of shunning responsibility, looking away, keeping silent.When the unspeakable truth of the Holocaust became known at the end of the war, all too many of us claimed that they had not known anything about it, orevensuspectedanything Whoeverrefuses to remember the inhumanity is prone to new risks of infection Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance. Richard Freiherr, Baron von Weizsa« cker
On the 40th anniversary of the end of WorldWar II, in the NewYorkTimes,12 May.
I am reported to be 'pessimistic'about broadcasting [The] truth is that I have anticipated its complete disappearanceconfident that the unfortunate people, who must now subdue themselves to'listening-in', will soon find a better pastime for their leisure. H(erbert) G(eorge) Wells
TheWay theWorld is Going.
The truth is rarely pure, and never simple. Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde
Algernon.The Importance of Being Earnest, act1.
Grant me an old man's frenzy. Myself I must remake Till I amTimon and Lear Or that William Blake Who beat upon the wall Till Truth obeyed his call. W(illiam) B(utler) YeatsSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
'An Acre of Grass', stanza 3. Collected in New Poems (1938).
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