Quotes About Truth

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Henry David Thoreau
“Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Kij Johnson
“I feel strangely free at such times. To behave properly is to be always courteous, always clever, and subtle and elegant. But now, when I am so alone, I do not have to be any of these things.

For this moment, I am wholly myself, unshaped by the needs of others, by their dreams or expectations or sensibilities.

But I am also lonely. With no one to shape me, who stands here, watching the moon, or the stars, or the clouds?”
Kij Johnson, The Fox Woman

Lionel Shriver
“But keeping secrets is a discipline. I never use to think of myself as a good liar, but after having had some practice I had adopted the prevaricator's credo that one doesn't so much fabricate a lie as marry it. A successful lie cannot be brought into this world and capriciously abandoned; like any committed relationship it must be maintained, and with far more devotion than the truth, which carries on being carelessly true without any help. By contrast, my lie needed me as much as I needed it, and so demanded the constancy of wedlock: Till death do us part.”
Lionel Shriver

Jeremy Aldana
“A humble man will always receive the best that others have to offer; for he recognizes the truth”
Jeremy Aldana

“The church must suffer for speaking the truth, for pointing out sin, for uprooting sin. No one wants to have a sore spot touched, and therefore a society with so many sores twitches when someone has the courage to touch it and say: “You have to treat that. You have to get rid of that. Believe in Christ. Be converted.”
Oscar A. Romero, The Violence of Love

Sherwood Anderson
“In the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as a truth. Man made the truths himself and each truth was a composite of a great many vague thoughts. All about in the world were the truths and they were all beautiful. [...]

There was the truth of virginity and the truth of passion, the truth of wealth and of poverty, of thrift and of profligacy, of carelessness and abandon. Hundreds and hundreds were the truths and they were all beautiful.

And then the people came along. Each as he appeared snatched up one of the truths and some who were quite strong snatched up a dozen of them.

It was the truths that made the people grotesques. The old man had quite an elaborate theory concerning the matter. It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood.”
Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

Bruce Machart
“I don't reckon misery loves any damn thing at all.”
Bruce Machart, The Wake of Forgiveness

Fulton J. Sheen
“Knowing belongs to man's intellect or reason; loving belongs to his will. The object of the intellect is truth; the object of the will is goodness or love.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living

Mark Twain
“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”
Mark Twain
tags: truth

Amy Tan
“Dementia was like a truth serum.”
Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter

“Men of the world who value the Way all turn to books. But books are nothing more than words. Words have value; what is of value in words is meaning. Meaning has something it is pursuing, but the thing that it is pursuing cannot be put into words and handed down. The world values words and hands down books but, though the world values them, I do not think them worth valuing. What the world takes to be values is not real value.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Umberto Eco
“Thus we have on stage two men, each of whom knows nothing of what he believes the other knows, and to deceive each other reciprocally both speak in allusions, each of the two hoping (in vain) that the other holds the key to his puzzle.”
Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before

Ayn Rand
“I am older than you. Believe me, there is no other way to live on earth. Men are not open to truth or reason. They cannot be reached by a rational argument. The mind is powerless against them. Yet we have to deal with them. If we want to accomplish anything, we have to deceive them into letting us accomplish it. Or force them. They understand nothing else. We cannot expect their support for any endeavor of the intellect, for any goal of the spirit. They are nothing but vicious animals. They are greedy, self-indulgent, predatory dollar-chasers”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Pope John Paul II
“Original sin is not only the violation of a positive command … but … attempts … to abolish fatherhood, destroying its rays which permeate the created world, placing in doubt the truth about God who is Love and leaving man with only a sense of the master-slave relationship.”
Pope John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope

Robert Frost
“They would not find me changed from him they knew — Only more sure of all I thought was true.”
Robert Frost

Elif Shafak
“Kim olursak olalım, dünyanın hangi yerinde yaşarsak yaşayalım, ta derinlerde bir yerde hepimiz bir eksiklik duygusu taşımaktayız. Sanki temel bir şeyimizi kaybetmişiz de geri alamamaktan korkuyoruz. Neyin eksik olduğunu bilenimizde hakikaten çok az.”
Elif Shafak

Eugène Ionesco
“BERENGER: And you consider all this natural?

DUDARD: What could be more natural than a rhinoceros? 

BERENGER: Yes, but for a man to turn into a rhinoceros is abnormal beyond question.

DUDARD: Well, of course, that's a matter of opinion ... 

BERENGER: It is beyond question, absolutely beyond question!

DUDARD: You seem very sure of yourself. Who can say where the normal stops and the abnormal begins? Can you personally define these conceptions of normality and abnormality? Nobody has solved this problem yet, either medically or philosophically. You ought to know that. 

BERENGER: The problem may not be resolved philosophically -- but in practice it's simple. They may prove there's no such thing as movement ... and then you start walking ... [he starts walking up and down the room] ... and you go on walking, and you say to yourself, like Galileo, 'E pur si muove' ... 

DUDARD: You're getting things all mixed up! Don't confuse the issue. In Galileo's case it was the opposite: theoretic and scientific thought proving itself superior to mass opinion and dogmatism. 

BERENGER: [quite lost] What does all that mean? Mass opinion, dogmatism -- they're just words! I may be mixing everything up in my head but you're losing yours. You don't know what's normal and what isn't any more. I couldn't care less about Galileo ... I don't give a damn about Galileo. 

DUDARD: You brought him up in the first place and raised the whole question, saying that practice always had the last word. Maybe it does, but only when it proceeds from theory! The history of thought and science proves that.

BERENGER: [more and more furious] It doesn't prove anything of the sort! It's all gibberish, utter lunacy!

DUDARD: There again we need to define exactly what we mean by lunacy ... 

BERENGER: Lunacy is lunacy and that's all there is to it! Everybody knows what lunacy is. And what about the rhinoceroses -- are they practice or are they theory?”
Eugène Ionesco, Three Plays: Rhinoceros / The Chairs / The Lesson

Cynthia Lord
“Just because other people think something, that doesn't make it true.

Maybe there's some truth in that, but it's unsatisfying, bitter-tasting truth.”
Cynthia Lord, Rules
tags: truth

Carl Sagan
“It goes with a courageous intent to greet the universe as it really is, not to foist our emotional predispositions on it but to courageously accept what our explorations tell us.”
Carl Sagan, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

Agatha Christie
“Do you believe in the value of truth, my dear, or don’t you?”

“Of course I believe in the truth,” said Rhoda, staring.

“Yes, you say that, but perhaps you haven’t thought about it. The truth hurts sometimes – and destroys one’s illusions.”

“I’d rather have it all the same.” said Rhoda.

“So would I. But I don’t know that we’re wise.”
Mrs. Oliver; Rhoda Dawes”
Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table

Saul Bellow
“A man may say, "From now on I'm going to speak the truth." But the truth hears him and runs away and hides before he's even done speaking.”
Saul Bellow
tags: truth

Sebastian Barry
“And whatever my life had been up to that day, it was another life after that. And that is the gospel truth.”
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture

Bodie Thoene
“And if we do not stand now, then when will a stand be taken against evil?”
Bodie Thoene, A Daughter of Zion

Ellis Peters
“Bitter though it may be to many, Cadfael concluded, there is no substitute for truth, in this or any case.”
Ellis Peters, The Raven in the Foregate

“They should know that just because things get difficult, it's no reason to believe God is on vacation.”
Harry H. Harrison Jr., 1001 Things Every Teen Should Know Before They Leave Home:

“In fact we put so many things in our mouths we constantly have to be reminded what not to eat. Look at that little package of silicon gel that's inside your sneakers. It says DO NOT EAT for a reason. Somewhere sometime some genius bought a pair of sneakers and said Ooooh look. They give you free mints with the shoes”
Morgan Spurlock, Don't Eat This Book

Chuck Palahniuk
“Because supposedly those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
tags: truth

K.C. Randall
“It's amazing how easy the truth is to accept...No matter how strange.”
K.C. Randall, Immortal Awakening

Jodi Picoult
“When it rains," her father said "it pours.”
Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls
tags: life, truth

Toba Beta
“I don't believe that aliens exist,
but I do believe that any new facts
can strengthen foundation of my belief.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

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