Quotes About Truth

Awesome Quotes and Sayings About The Truth

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If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

~Mark Twain


If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth we must still march on.

~Stopford Brooke

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't



A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

~Mark Twain


There is no truth. There is only perception.

~Gustave Flaubert


Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.

~Mark Twain


When you want to fool the world, tell the truth

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident.

~Arthur Schopenhauer


The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest


We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.

~Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.

When one has one’s hand full of truth it is not always wise to open it.

~French Proverb


The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.

~Gloria Steinem


I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me.

~Simone de Beauvoir


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.  Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.

~Mahatma Gandhi


All great truths begin as blasphemies.

~George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska


Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

~Aldous Huxley


We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.

~Denis Diderot


Elvis Presley Quote about truth

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

~Oscar Wilde


Truth is a great flirt.

~Franz Liszt


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

~Winston S. Churchill


For men in earnest have no time to waste
In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.

~James Russell Lowell


In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.

~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.

~Jean-Paul Sartre


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

~Oscar Wilde


Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

I am the fellow citizen of every being that thinks; my country is Truth.

~Alphonse de Lamartine


In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

~George Orwell


Every truth bends and reshapes itself or is reshaped by other forces.

~Leslie Woolf Hedley


I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.

~S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders


Seek truth and you will find a path.

~Frank Slaughter


Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

~Mark Twain


Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies.

Truth is the breath of life to human society. It is the food of the immortal spirit. Yet a single word of it may kill a man as suddenly as a drop of prussic acid.

~Oliver Wendell Holmes


Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.

~William Faulkner


Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

~Leo Tolstoy


Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.

~Stephanie Klein, Straight Up and Dirty: A Memoir


If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

~Dōgen Zenji


 Teaching children to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

~Flannery O’Connor


Truth breeds hatred.

~Bias of Priene


Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

~Pablo Picasso


It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth.

~Oscar Wilde


The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.

~Jim Morrison


Theories are private property, but truth is common stock.

~Charles Caleb Colton


If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

~Henry David Thoreau, Walden


Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.



There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.

~Benjamin Disraeli


When I tell any truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.

~William Blake


There are no facts, only interpretations.

~Friedrich Nietzsche


He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.

It will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth.

~Werner Heisenberg


If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

~Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose


The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.

~Rebecca West


No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.

~François de La Rochefoucauld


The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.

~William James


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

~Virginia Woolf


Where determination is, the way can be found

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

~Thomas Jefferson


All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

~Ernest Hemingway


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

~Aldous Huxley


The only truth is music.

~Jack Kerouac


God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please — you can never have both.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

~Nadine Gordimer


The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.

~David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest


It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

~George Washington


Good words bring good feelings to the heart.  Speak with kindness always.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

~Kahlil Gibran


Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.

~George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.

~Malcolm X


If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

~C.S. Lewis