Truth Quotes

There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth. Niels Bohr

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. H L Mencken

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

It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions. Aldous Huxley

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers. William Penn

The greatest homage to truth is to use it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The truth is more important than the facts. Frank Lloyd Wright

Truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it. Emile Zola

There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. Daniel Webster

He who does not know the truth at sight is unworthy of her notice. William Blake

Truths turn into dogmas the moment they are disputed. G K Chesterton

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. Flannery O’Connor

There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it. William James

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous. Alfred Adler

Truth exists; only lies are invented. Georges Braque

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei

Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other. William Faulkner

Too much truth is uncouth. Franklin P Adams

A thing is not the truth till it is so strongly believed in, that the believer is convinced that its existence does not depend upon him. John Jay Chapman

It has always been desirable to tell the truth, but seldom if ever necessary. A J Balfour

Not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true. Richard Bach

Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have. Elizabeth Bowen

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. Herbert Agar

What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth. Boris Pasternak

Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. Edgar Allan Poe

No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition. William Osler

Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. John Keats

Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess. Walter Savage Landor

In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it. Boris Pasternak

Between truth and the search for it, I choose the second. Bernard Berenson

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth. Charles Dickens

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself. Simone de Beauvoir

Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense. James Agee

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. Virginia Woolf

With the truth, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible and pass it on to someone else. As with illness, this is the only way to be cured of it. The person who keeps truth in his hands has lost. Jean Baudrillard

Truth is always a delusion. Friedrich Durrenmatt

Truth is child of Time. John Ford

To tell the truth is revolutionary. Antonio Gramsci

Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. Frank Herbert

It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar. Jerome K Jerome

Truth must be the foundation stone, the cement to solidify the entire social edifice. Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla)

The truth is always the strongest argument. Sophocles

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander. Abraham Lincoln

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill.

The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it, but there it is. Winston Churchill.

I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction. Georges Bataille

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, for the truth. Alfred Adler

It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth. Robert Armstrong

A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently. St Augustine

Never assume the obvious is true. William Safire

It is the calling of great men, not so much to preach new truths, as to rescue from oblivion those old truths which it is our wisdom to remember and our weakness to forget. Sydney Smith

Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it. Emily Dickinson

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

Truth is not always the best basis for happiness. There are people who perish when their eyes are opened. Wilhelm Stekel

He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it. Henry George