: 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.
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',
This truthto prove, and make thine own: 'Thou hast been,
shalt be, art, alone.' Matthew Arnold 'Isolation. To Marguerite', l.29-30.
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).
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 Attributed.
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.
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 Cautionary Tales,'Matilda'.
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.
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 Herzog.
Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few. George Berkeley Siris.
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) ORDPsalms15:1^2.
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me,O L God of
truth. Bible (Old Testament) ORDPsalms 31:5.
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) Psalms 51:6^7.
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) Psalms 91:3^7.
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) Esdras 3:10^12.
And she said,Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the
crumbs which fall from
their masters'table. Bible (NewTestament) St Matthew15:27.
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) St John1:14.
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) St John14:6.
Pilate saith unto him,What is truth? Bible (NewTestament) St John18:38.
the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and
served the creature more than the Creator. Bible (NewTestament) Romans1:25.
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) Ephesians 4:25^6.
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) Ephesians 6:11^17.
'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'.
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
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).
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
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 'Christabel', pt.2.
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 'Books'.
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 Poems,'Retirement'.
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
(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),
(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
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
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,
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
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,
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.
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 Living Philosophies.
'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'.
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 The Philanthropist.
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
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
[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),
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
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
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
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.
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',
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
by thus keeping one pace ahead of myself I need never catch
up with the truth. Roger McGough 'unlikely now'.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
(translated by R J Hollingdale).
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 No MoreWar.
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,
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,
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,
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',
Nothing leadsthescientist soastrayas a prematuretruth. Jean Rostand 'Pense es d'un Biologiste', collected
inTheSubstance of Man (translated by Irma
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'.
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 'ToWordsworth'.
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 'Hellas', l.34^7.
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.
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 Discovery
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
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 Civil Disobedience.
It takes two to speak the truth,one to speak, and another to hear. Henry David Thoreau AWeek on the Concord and Merrimack
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
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
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
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) Yeats 'An Acre of Grass', stanza 3. Collected in New