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Quotes About Truth

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Derek Landy
“The fact is that we have no way of knowing if the person who we think we are is at the core of our being. Are you a decent girl with the potential to someday become an evil monster, or are you an evil monster that thinks it's a decent girl?"

"Wouldn't I know which one I was?"

"Good God, no. The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Anthony Kiedis
“When you start putting pen to paper, you see a side of your personal truth that doesn't otherwise reveal itself in conversation or thought.”
Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue

“For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth”
Bo Bennett

“With gentleness,
Overcome anger.
With generosity,
Overcome meanness.
With truth,
Overcome delusion.”
― The Dhammapada

Andrew Solomon
“While people argue with one another about the specifics of Freud's work and blame him for the prejudices of his time, they overlook the fundamental truth of his writing, his grand humility: that we frequently do not know our own motivations in life and are prisoners to what we cannot understand. We can recognize only a small fragment of our own, and an even smaller fragment of anyone else's, impetus.”
Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

The truth is, it's really only okay to be yourself if that self is within
“The truth is, it's really only okay to be yourself if that self is within an accepted range of 'normal'.”
Stacey Kade, The Ghost and the Goth

W. Somerset Maugham
“Kant thought things, not because they were true, but because he was Kant.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

“The truth is that judgment and fear will never stop, but they don't actually do anything.”
Julien Smith, The Flinch

Adrienne Rich
“Truthfulness, honor, is not something which springs ablaze of itself; it has to be created between people. This is true in political situations. The quality and depth of the politics evolving from a group depends in large part on their understanding of honor. Much of what is narrowly termed "politics" seems to rest on a longing for certainty even at the cost of honesty, for an analysis which, once given, need not be re-examined…It isn't that to have an honorable relationship with you, I have to understand everything, or tell you everything at once, or that I can know, beforehand, everything I need to tell you. It means that most of the time I am eager, longing for the possibility of telling you. That these possibilities may seem frightening, but not destructive to me. That I feel strong enough to hear your tentative and groping words. That we both know we are trying, all the time, to extend the possibilities of truth between us.”
Adrienne Rich

Chuck Palahniuk
“It's exhausting, the energy it takes to unknow a truth.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Doomed

Criss Jami
“A writer is one who communicates ideas and emotions people want to communicate but aren't quite sure how, or even if, they should communicate them.”
Criss Jami

Augustine of Hippo
“Yet we must say something when those who say the most are saying nothing.”
Augustine of Hippo

Chaim Potok
“I will go wherever the truth leads me. It is secular scholarship, Rebbe; it is not the scholarship of tradition. In secular scholarship there are no boundaries and no permanently fixed views.”
Lurie, if the Torah cannot go out into your world of scholarship and return stronger, then we are all fools and charlatans. I have faith in the Torah. I am not afraid of truth.”
Chaim Potok, In the Beginning

Jacqueline Carey
“And having once chosen, never to seek to return to the crossroads of that decision-for even if one chooses wrongly, the choice cannot be unmade.”
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Chosen

John Grisham
“There are few things in life worse than a long-winded lawyer.”
John Grisham, The Rainmaker
tags: truth

“I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”
Peter Jackson
tags: truth

“Something went klunk. Like a nickel dropping in a soda machine. One of those small insights that explains everything. This was puberty for these boys. Adolescence. The first date, the first kiss, the first chance to hold hands with someone special. Delayed, postponed, a decade's worth of longing--while everybody around you celebrates life, you pretend, suppress, inhibit, deprive yourself of you own joy--but finally ultimately, eventually, you find a place where you can have a taste of everything denied.”
David Gerrold

“The truth, my friend, is an awesome thing, to be handled with wisdom and with courage denied to ordinary people. Most of us must make do with illusions. Or else -- or else we could not endure.”
Ruth Tessler Goldstein, The Heart Is Half a Prophet

William Shakespeare
“Out of this nettle - danger - we pluck this flower - safety.”
William Shakespeare
tags: life, truth

Greg Cox
“When you can't tell the truth, tell *a* truth.”
Greg Cox, The Bestseller Job

Anaïs Nin
“We are more severe judges of our own acts... We judge our thoughts, our intents, our secret curses, our secret hates, not only our acts.”
Anaïs Nin, A Spy in the House of Love

Kelly Gallagher
“To become a lifelong reader, one has to do a lot of varied and interesting reading.”
Kelly Gallagher, Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
tags: truth

Sylvia Boorstein
“The Buddha taught complete honesty, with the extra instruction that everything a person says should be truthful and helpful.”
Sylvia Boorstein
tags: truth

Bob Dylan
“...we are singing today of the WIPE-OUT GANG - the WIPE-OUT GANG buys, owns & operates the Insanity Factory - if you do not know where the Insanity Factory is located, you should hereby take two steps to the right, paint your teeth & go to sleep....”
Bob Dylan
tags: truth

Michael Ende
“Man kann davon überzeugt sein, sich etwas zu wünschen - vielleicht jahrelang - solang man weiß, dass der Wunsch unerfüllbar ist. Steht man aber plötzlich vor der Möglichkeit, dass der Wunschtraum Wirklichkeit wird, dann wünscht man sich nur noch eins: Man hätte es sich nie gewünscht.”
Michael Ende, Die unendliche Geschichte
tags: truth

“What difference does it makehow old I am when I shall never grow any bigger?”
― Miss Piggle Wiggle

Patti Smith
“...the law of empathy, by which he could, by his will, transfer himself into an object or a work of art, and thus inflence the outer world. He did not feel redeemed by the work he did. He did not seek redemption. He sought to see what others did not, the projection of his imagination.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids

Jess Rothenberg
“But I guess the truth is, sometimes friends drift in and out of our lives like fashion accessories -- in one season and out the next.”
Jess Rothenberg, The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Sheri S. Tepper
“He told us that nations of men fell into disorder, so nations of law were set up instead. He told us that nations of law then forgot justice and let the law become a Game, a Game in which the moves and the winning were more important than truth. He told us to seek justice rather than the Game.”
Sheri S. Tepper, Wizards Eleven

John Fowles
“Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?'
'For fun?'
'Fun!' He pounced on the word. 'Words are for truth. For facts. Not fiction.”
John Fowles, The Magus

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