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 makes all things beautiful.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
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 is the highest thing that man may keep.
GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales
What people believe prevails over the truth.
SOPHOCLES, fragment, The Sons of Aleus
Truth never lost ground by enquiry.
WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude
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 is the backbone of character.
HENRY F. KLETZING, Traits of Character Illustrated in Bible Light
Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Truth will only make you unpopular.
WOLFGANG BORCHERT, The Outsider
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
Truth crushed to earth shall rise again.
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT, The Battle-Field
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
The truth is like a strung-out pimp in the middle of a storm.
ROBERTO BOLAÑO, 2666
Truth is that which is; it is nameless. And so, the mind cannot approach it.
JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, "What was true yesterday is not true today", New Indian Express, March 2, 2017
Great truths are portions of the soul of man.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Sonnet VI
'Tis strange -- but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.
LORD BYRON, Don Juan