Posts Tagged ‘Mark Twain’

Post #23 TRUTH Quotes 2011

January 22, 2011 5 comments


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.



Topic #8 Focus

January 7, 2011 1 comment

Today’s Topic is about “focus” and I am learning that my environment has a lot to do with it.  How do you stay focused on a task or activity? What do you do when you need to concentrate or get things done? (Say, when writing a blog post).

I made a goal for my personal life in this wordpress challenge to “postaday” and my focus is to accomplish this goal.  So the first thing I did was making my decision to blog a post a day and try to use the suggested topics as my guide.  It’s easier for me to blog about topics given to me as my mind runs rapid and I could blog almost about anything.  The best part is the community of challengers taking this on as their daily challenge.  Yes, to write more, to set the goal, to take Action and Do it.

To stay focused is not easy as my environment is small and two individuals who love to “talk.”  I am more of a “listener”~

As I have been told that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason, we learn more by listening than by talking.

Either way I stay focused because I blog when no one is home or when they are all asleep.  I like the stillness of the night and the dark room to clear my head.  Yes, the computer screen is the only light I see because this keeps me well focused on the writing I wish to do.  All of this enables me to “concentrate” and write a well written blog post.  With all that said I leave you with some of the quotes I enjoyed today.

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
Dalai Lama

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.
Tony Robbins

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
Tony Robbins

When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.
Joel Osteen

My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.
Andy Warhol

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.
Brian Tracy

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.
Marianne Williamson

To hate is to show you still care, who needs that, focus on what’s really important.
Henry Rollins

My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it. And laugh.
Jim Carrey

I had tried to get focused on other things. But I always ended up back in the same place, and it wasn’t making me happy. I needed to get the focus back.
Kate Moss

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell

Focus on your problem zones, your strength, your energy, your flexibility and all the rest. Maybe your chest is flabby or your hips or waist need toning. Also, you should change your program every thirty days. That’s the key.
Jack LaLanne

I still believe the Lewinsky investigation was way off from the focus of what Whitewater was, which turned out to be nothing at the end of the process. And I think that there were people who were determined as political opponents to not allow his presidency to succeed.
Rahm Emanuel

I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman’s personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman.
Vera Wang

The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
Alan Watts

My main focus is on my game.
Tiger Woods

The major championships have always been a special focus in my career, and as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be.
Tiger Woods

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.
Denis Waitley