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Post #23 TRUTH Quotes 2011


Truthseeker 2011



‘Tis strange — but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.


Truth never lost ground by enquiry.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.


To hell with the truth! As the history of the world proves, the truth has no bearing on anything. It’s irrelevant and immaterial, as the lawyers say. The lie of a pipe dream is what gives life to the whole misbegotten mad lot of us, drunk or sober.

EUGENE O’NEILL, The Iceman Cometh

If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.


Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.


Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain’t so.

MARK TWAIN, Mark Twain’s Notebooks

What people believe prevails over the truth.

SOPHOCLES, The Sons of Aleus [fragment]

Treat kindly every miserable truth that knocks begging at your door, otherwise you will some day fail to recognize Truth Himself when He comes in rags.

AUSTIN O’MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Truth can hardly be expected to adapt herself to the crooked policy and wily sinuosities of worldly affairs; for truth, like light, travels only in straight lines.

Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments.

HENRY WARD BEECHERProverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

A man may be in as just possession of the truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.


Truth crushed to earth shall rise again.


Tell all the Truth but tell it slant–
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise.

EMILY DICKINSON, Tell all the Truth but tell it slant–

They frequently find the truth who do not seek it, they who do, frequently lose it.

FANNY KEMBLE, Further Records, Feb. 8, 1875

In all perception of the truth there is a divine ecstasy, an inexpressible delirium of joy, as when a youth embraces his betrothed virgin.


Truth is like the town whore. Everybody knows her, but nonetheless, it’s embarrassing to meet her on the street.


Personally, I don’t give a rap for documents; for the truth in my eyes is not in them but in the mind.

LUIGI PIRANDELLO, It Is So! (If You Think So)

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.

ROBERT FROST, “The Black Cottage”

Human truth is always soiled with falsehood.

AUSTIN O’MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

All great truths begin as blasphemies.


Truth never hurts the teller.

ROBERT BROWNING, Fifine at the Fair

Truth will only make you unpopular.


Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter.

JOHN MILTON, Areopagitica

I never saw any good that came of telling truth.

JOHN DRYDEN, Amphitryon

Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.


Truth doesn’t always heal a wounded soul.

MAXIM GORKY, The Lower Depths

A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Auguries of Innocence

The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.

ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, Parerga and Paralipomena

A worship of truth can be idolatry if the truth is small enough.

AUSTIN O’MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Truth and Good are one; and Beauty dwells in them, and they in her.

MARK AKENSIDE, The Pleasures of Imagination

It is only those who are in constant revolt that discover what is true, not the man who conforms, who follows some tradition. It is only when you are constantly inquiring, constantly observing, constantly learning, that you find truth, God, or love.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Think on These Things

Belief in the truth commences with the doubting of all those “truths” we once believed.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, “Truth Will Have No Other Gods Alongside It”

How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there’s no help in truth!

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus Rex

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.


In a free society, there comes a time when the truth — however hard it may be to hear, however impolitic it may seem to say — must be told.

AL GORE, fundraising letter, May 2006

Many yet are the secret truths of God which will be unfolded as they are needed.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

MATTHEW ARNOLD, Sohrab and Rustum

Truth — there’s no such thing.

TANKRED DORST, Freedom for Clemens

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.

STEPHEN KING, The Last Gunslinger

There is truth and falsehood in a comma.

TOM STOPPARD, The Invention of Love

The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.

MAX BORN, as quoted in Judith Sherven’s The New Intimacy

Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.


And diff’ring judgments serve but to declare
That truth lies somewhere, if we knew but where.


It is the way with half the truth amidst which we live, that it only haunts us and makes dull pulsations that are never born into sound.


The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs us, leaving on the canvas a less dark, less sharp version of the truth.

DEAN KOONTZ, Forever Odd

The truth … is a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated with great caution.

J. K. ROWLING, The Sorcerer’s Stone

Sweet Truth is a queen proud and mighty–
Her throne is in heaven above.


Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Ideas and Opinions: Based on Mein Weltbild

The very truth hath a colour from the disposition of the utterer.


Not everything that’s true needs to be said.


No man rides so high and in such good company as the man that allies himself to a truth.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Truth is a torch, but a huge one, and so it is only with blinking eyes what we all of us try to get past it, in actual terror of being burnt.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

Truth is new, as well as old. It has new forms; and where you may find a new statement, an earnest statement, you may conclude that by the law of progress it is more likely to be a correct statement than that which has been repeated for ages by the lips of tradition.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Truth …
Is a breath, a wind,
A shadow, a phantom;
Long have I pursued it,
But never have I touched
The hem of its garment.

STEPHEN CRANE, The Black Riders and Other Lines

There is a deeper pleasure in following truth to the scaffold or the cross, than in joining the multitudinous retinue, and mingling our shouts with theirs, when victorious error celebrates its triumphs.


Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation, because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth, than to refine themselves.


Truth lives in the cellar, error on the doorstep.

AUSTIN O’MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Truth is both arms and armour.


Truth is within ourselves.


I sometimes have these spells of compulsive truth. But as Lady Macbeth would say, “The fit is momentary.”

KEN KESEY, Sometimes a Great Notion

The mind’s eye is perhaps no better fitted for the full radiance of truth, than is the body’s for that of the sun.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters, and Reflections

Truth makes all things beautiful.


Were truth our uttered language, Angels might talk with men.


  1. quidmont
    January 22, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    What a wonderful collection of quotes! I’ll be bookmarking this post for future reference.

    However did you collect them all?!

    Thanks for sharing.

    – Quidmont

  2. January 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Hi Jackie,
    Too much to ponder for me, or rather too much information all at once.

    Last Sunday the US celebrated the “Freedom of Religion in the US. But, there were twenty nations at the bottom of the most persecuted, and it was very upsetting.


    At the end of the article I spoke of “Huckleberry Finn” and our Freedom of Speech being trampled upon by changing Mark Twain’s “*&%%#^” word to “slave.” It’s now in court.

    So, we never seem to be free, as we like to believe. Take care, charlie

  3. January 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    These are some great quotes–very inspiring.

    If enough people believe a lie, does that not make it truth?

    I hope you’re having a good day!

    March 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    If you have truth between a man and a women you have mutual respect
    If you have mutual respect you have care
    If you have care you have honour
    ultimately the highest level of human interaction LOVE of another
    without truth there is contempt ,disrespect the birth place of most problems of humanity .
    commercial secrets hidden from another often confused with truth and lies in our daily lives
    often by those who’s own deeds reflection despise

  5. December 22, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    However, many times a degree from a distance learning collesge carrids the same weight
    as a degree earned by stfudents who had the opportunity to attain thee same degree inn
    a traditional classroom setting.

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