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Truth Quotes

60 of the best book quotes about truth
  1. #1
    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
  2. #2
    “This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
  3. #3
    “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”
  4. #4
    “Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to play you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.”
  5. #5
    “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”
  6. #6
    “I don’t care about truth. I want some happiness.”
  7. #7
    “When in doubt, tell the truth.”
  8. #8
    Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    Truth
  1. #9
    “It is my belief…that the truth is generally preferable to lies.”
  2. #10
    “It is one of life’s bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting.
  3. #11
    “Why should you think that I should woo in scorn?
    Scorn and derision never come in tears:
    Look, when I vow, I weep; and vows so born,
    In their nativity all truth appears.
    How can these things in me seem scorn to you,
    Bearing the badge of faith to prove them true?”
  4. #12
    “Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. You will always find it because you’ve made that your mission. Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially your own. No one belongs here more than you.”
  5. #13
    “Truth.
    It feels cool, like water washing over my sticky-hot body. Cooling a heat that’s been burning me up all my life.
    Truth, I say inside my head again, just for that feeling.”
  6. #14
    “I make no manner of doubt that you threw a very diamond of truth at me, though you see it hit me so directly in the face that it wasn’t exactly appreciated, at first.”
  7. #15
    “I had build up false pictures in my mind and sat before them. I had never had the courage to demand the truth.”
  8. #16
    “Every rumor carries a seed of truth,”
  1. #17
    Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and Wise Tell me I’m perfect. But tell me the TRUTH.
  2. #18
    “Denial is an ugly thing.”
  3. #19
    [You] do not care for the cruder aspect of truth. Christ cared. He drove the money-lenders from the temple. His scourge was a great teller of truths.
  4. #20
    “But I should be false in the earliest sentiments of my soul, if I suppressed the opinion. I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.”
  5. #21
    “Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth.”
  6. #22
    “What’s done cannot be undone.”
  7. #23
    “If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.”
  8. #24
    “Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    Truth
  1. #25
    “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”
  2. #26
    “There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Truth
  3. #27
    “The soul is the perceiver and revealer of truth. We know the truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose.”
  4. #28
    “The life of truth is cold.”
  5. #29
    “If he is old enough to ask the question he is old enough to receive true answers. I am not putting the thoughts into his head, but helping him unfold those already there. These children are wiser than we are...”
  6. #30
    “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.”
  7. #31
    “It is one of the peculiar truths of life that people often say things that they know full well are ridiculous.”
  8. #32
    “The truth… It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
  1. #33
    “All the things he had said to make himself believe that she was good and kind and that her side was really the right side sounded to him silly now.”
  2. #34
    “Everything I had worked for, all my years of study, had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths than those given to me by my father, and to use those truths to construct my own mind. I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the heart of what it means to self-create. If I yielded now, I would lose more than an argument. I would lose custody of my own mind. This was the price I was being asked to pay, I understood that now. What my father wanted to cast from me wasn’t a demon: it was me.”
  3. #35
    “I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.”
  4. #36
    “[I]t was better to know the worst than to wonder.”
  5. #37
    “His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness-and promised answers-he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: “Do you lie?”
    But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received was true.”
  6. #38
    “Jo had absorbed many of her parents’ philosophies, and one of them was the belief that children deserved to be told the truth as much as possible.”
  7. #39
    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
  8. #40
    “Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak . . . ”
  1. #41
    “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.”
  2. #42
    “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
  3. #43
    “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
  4. #44
    “... and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.”
  5. #45
    “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
  6. #46
    “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
  7. #47
    “We are wired for connection. But the key is that, in any given moment of it, it has to be real.”
  8. #48
    “When you love yourself enough to stand in your truth no matter what the cost, everyone benefits.”
  1. #49
    “It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times.”
  2. #50
    “There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”
  3. #51
    There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
  4. #52
    “Look here, if you’re telling the truth you needn’t be afraid--nobody’ll hurt you.”
  5. #53
    “For all my obsessing over the consequences of that night, I had misunderstood the vital truth: that its not affecting me, that was its effect.”
  6. #54
    “Romeo: I dreamt a dream tonight.
    Mercutio: And so did I.
    Romeo: Well, what was yours?
    Mercutio: That dreamers often lie.
    Romeo: In bed asleep while they do dream things true.”
  7. #55
    “If I said I was madly in love with you, I’d be lying and what’s more, you’d know it.”
  8. #56
    “But I will gladly advise him -- I’ll hide nothing--”
  9. #57
    “A line comes back to Marie-Laure from Jules Verne: Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”
  10. #58
    “With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.”
  11. #59
    “I am afraid, my dear Watson, that most of your conclusions were erroneous. When I said that you stimulated me I meant, to be frank, that in noting your fallacies I was occasionally guided towards the truth.”
  12. #60
    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”
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