Quotes About Truth

Quotes tagged as "truth" (showing 211-240 of 3,000)
Audre Lorde
“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."

I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”
Audre Lorde

Martin Luther King Jr.
“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?

There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

H.G. Wells
“The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it.”
H.G. Wells

Suzanne Collins
“I no longer feel allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself. I think that Peeta was onto something about us destroying one another and letting some decent species take over. Because something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children’s lives to settle its differences. You can spin it any way you like. Snow thought the Hunger Games were an efficient means of control. Coin thought the parachutes would expedite the war. But in the end, who does it benefit? No one. The truth is, it benefits no one to live in a world where these things happen.”
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

C.G. Jung
“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. ”
C.G. Jung

Banksy
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
Banksy

Margaret Atwood
“A truth should exist,
it should not be used
like this. If I love you

is that a fact or a weapon?”
Margaret Atwood

Benjamin Disraeli
“Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.”
Benjamin Disraeli

Gena Showalter
“Sometimes what we want isn't what we need.”
Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

John Keats
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”
John Keats, The Complete Poems

Albert Einstein
“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.”
Albert Einstein

Holly Black
“The truth is messy. It's raw and uncomfortable. You can't blame people for preferring lies.”
Holly Black, Red Glove

Lisa Lutz
“Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn't quite as spectacular.”
Lisa Lutz, The Spellmans Strike Again

Michael  Jackson
“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.”
Michael Jackson

Harold Pinter
“There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.”
Harold Pinter, Old Times

Daphne du Maurier
“I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth.”
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Carl Sagan
“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true.”
Carl Sagan

Mahatma Gandhi
“I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Myra McEntire
“Most of what I say is complete truth. My edit button is broken.”
Myra McEntire, Hourglass

Noam Chomsky
“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.”
Noam Chomsky

Rainer Maria Rilke
“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Wil Zeus
“Always forgive, but never forget, else you will be a prisoner of your own hatred, and doomed to repeat your mistakes forever.”
Wil Zeus, Sun Beyond the Clouds

“All sacrifice and suffering is redemptive. It is used to either teach the individual or to help others. Nothing is by chance.”
A.J. Russell

Khaled Hosseini
“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Philip Roth
“You fight your superficiality, your shallowness, so as to try to come at people without unreal expectations, without an overload of bias or hope or arrogance, as untanklike as you can be, sans cannon and machine guns and steel plating half a foot thick; you come at them unmenacingly on your own ten toes instead of tearing up the turf with your caterpillar treads, take them on with an open mind, as equals, man to man, as we used to say, and yet you never fail to get them wrong. You might as well have the brain of a tank. You get them wrong before you meet them, while you're anticipating meeting them; you get them wrong while you're with them; and then you go home to tell somebody else about the meeting and you get them all wrong again. Since the same generally goes for them with you, the whole thing is really a dazzling illusion. ... The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It's getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That's how we know we're alive: we're wrong. Maybe the best thing would be to forget being right or wrong about people and just go along for the ride. But if you can do that -- well, lucky you.”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral

Katherine Dunn
“The truth is always an insult or a joke, lies are generally tastier. We love them. The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone's comfort”
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

Steve Maraboli
“If you're not comfortable enough with yourself or with your own truth when entering a relationship, then you're not ready for that relationship.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Nicholas Sparks
“I'm sure you think that I don't understand what you're going through, but I do. It's just that sometimes, our future is dictated by what we are, opposed to what we want.”
Nicholas Sparks

Alison Goodman
“I found power in accepting the truth of who I am. It may not be a truth that others can accept, but I cannot live any other way. How would it be to live a lie every minute of your life.”
Alison Goodman, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

Fernando Pessoa
“To be great, be whole;
Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you.
Be whole in everything. Put all you are
Into the smallest thing you do.
So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor
Because it blooms up above.”
Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa

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