quotations about truth
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.
EMILE ZOLA, attributed, Dreyfus: His Life and Letters?
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, attributed, The Washington Year Book: Maxims and Morals of "the Father of His Country"
Rather let us suffer for speaking the truth, than that truth should suffer for want of speaking.
ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust
Truth has power. And if we all gravitate toward similar ideas, maybe we do so because those ideas are true ... written deep within us. And when we hear the truth, even if we don't understand it, we feel that truth resonate within us ... vibrating with our unconscious wisdom. Perhaps the truth is not learned by us, but rather, the truth is re-called ... re-membered ... re-cognized ... as that which is already inside us.
DAN BROWN, The Lost Symbol
Truth makes all things beautiful.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
What people believe prevails over the truth.
SOPHOCLES, fragment, The Sons of Aleus
Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.
GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales
You can be standing right in front of the truth and not necessarily see it, and people only get it when they're ready to get it.
GEORGE HARRISON, The Beatles Anthology
Truth never lost ground by enquiry.
WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude
Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Truth crushed to earth shall rise again.
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT, The Battle-Field
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
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.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.
ANAÏS NIN, diary, November 1933
Truth is the backbone of character.
HENRY F. KLETZING, Traits of Character Illustrated in Bible Light
Truth will only make you unpopular.
WOLFGANG BORCHERT, The Outsider
'Tis strange -- but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.
LORD BYRON, Don Juan
It is hard to know what other way men can come to truth, to lay hold of it, if they do not dig and search for it as for gold and hid treasure; but he that does so, must have much earth and rubbish, before he gets the pure metal; sand, and pebbles, and dross usually lie blended with it, but the gold is nevertheless gold, and will enrich the man that employs his pains to seek and separate it.
JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Great truths are portions of the soul of man.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Sonnet VI
To speak the truth is the most difficult of all arts, for in its "pure" form, not connected with the interests of individuals, groups, classes, or nations, truth is almost completely unsuitable for use by the Philistine and is unacceptable to him.
MAXIM GORKY, Untimely Thoughts