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Truth Quotes

84 of the best book quotes about truth
  1. #1
    If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it - often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.
  2. #2
    “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
  3. #3
    “Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to play you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.”
  4. #4
    “I don’t care about truth. I want some happiness.”
  5. #5
    “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”
  6. #6
    “When in doubt, tell the truth.”
  7. #7
    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
  8. #8
    “Men have to have heroes, but no man can ever be as big as the need, and so a legend grows around a grain of truth, like a pearl.”
  9. #9
    “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.”
  10. #10
    “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”
Books about courageView All ››
Off & Away book
6.3
picture book
Off & Away
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave book
6.0
picture book
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
The Art of Miss Chew book
5.8
picture book
The Art of Miss Chew
My Friend Maggie book
5.6
picture book
My Friend Maggie
Maisy Goes to a Show book
5.5
picture book
Maisy Goes to a Show
Lottie & Walter book
5.5
picture book
Lottie & Walter
Too Shy for Show-and-Tell book
5.5
picture book
Too Shy for Show-and-Tell
  1. #11
    Do not expect people to tell you the truth because they also lie to themselves.
  2. #12
    The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.
  3. #13
    “It is my belief…that the truth is generally preferable to lies.”
  4. #14
    “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?”
  5. #15
    I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not “true” because we’re hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself.
  6. #16
    “It is one of life’s bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting.
  7. #17
    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
  8. #18
    Truth telling and medicine just didn’t go together except in dire emergencies, if then.
    author
    Mario Puzo
    book
    Godfather
    concept
    Truth
  9. #19
    “Truth, truth.”
    Like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold.
    You push it, stretch it, but it’ll never be enough.
    You kick at it, beat it, it’ll never cover any of us.
    From the moment we enter crying,
    to the moment we leave dying,
    it’ll just cover your face,
    as you wail and cry and scream.
  10. #20
    “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.”
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More Than Balloons book
6.2
board book
More Than Balloons
The Rag Coat book
6.1
picture book
The Rag Coat
Penguin and Pinecone book
6.0
board book
Penguin and Pinecone
All the Places to Love book
6.0
picture book
All the Places to Love
The Trumpet of the Swan book
6.0
chapter book
The Trumpet of the Swan
Spot Loves His Daddy book
6.0
board book
Spot Loves His Daddy
Three Little Words book
6.0
picture book
Three Little Words
Charlotte and the Rock book
5.9
picture book
Charlotte and the Rock
  1. #21
    Artists use lies to tell the truth.
  2. #22
    Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.
  3. #23
    “Every rumor carries a seed of truth,”
  4. #24
    “Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
  5. #25
    “The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!”
  6. #26
    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.
  7. #27
    “Denial is an ugly thing.”
  8. #28
    Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.
    author
    Alan Moore
    book
    V for Vendetta
    character
    V
    concepts
    TruthWords
  9. #29
    “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.”
  10. #30
    [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.
Books about mistakesView All ››
  1. #31
    “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.”
  2. #32
    “Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth.”
  3. #33
    You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
  4. #34
    “What’s done cannot be undone.”
  5. #35
    “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. #36
    “If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.”
  7. #37
    “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
  8. #38
    “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”
  9. #39
    “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
  10. #40
    “The truth… It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
  1. #41
    ″‘That may be true,’ said Reason gravely, ‘but you had the courage to try.‘”
  2. #42
    “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.”
  3. #43
    “The life of truth is cold.”
  4. #44
    “But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.”
  5. #45
    “It is one of the peculiar truths of life that people often say things that they know full well are ridiculous.”
  6. #46
    “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. #47
    “I had build up false pictures in my mind and sat before them. I had never had the courage to demand the truth.”
  8. #48
    “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.”
  9. #49
    “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.”
  10. #50
    “Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I get started, I can go on for hours if I feel like it. No kidding. Hours.”
  1. #51
    “To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.”
  2. #52
    “Oft in lies truth is hidden.”
  3. #53
    The truth is the light and the light is the truth.
  4. #54
    “Now I understand that one of the important reasons for going to college and getting an education is to learn that the things you’ve believed in all your life aren’t true, and that nothing is what it appears to be.”
  5. #55
    “I am not in the humor for it.”
  6. #56
    “Look here, if you’re telling the truth you needn’t be afraid--nobody’ll hurt you.”
  7. #57
    “... and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.”
  8. #58
    “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.”
  9. #59
    “When you love yourself enough to stand in your truth no matter what the cost, everyone benefits.”
  10. #60
    “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.”
  1. #61
    “It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times.”
  2. #62
    “There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”
  3. #63
    There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
  4. #64
    “[I]t was better to know the worst than to wonder.”
  5. #65
    “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. #66
    “Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak . . . ”
  7. #67
    “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
  8. #68
    “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
  9. #69
    “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.”
  10. #70
    “We are wired for connection. But the key is that, in any given moment of it, it has to be real.”
  1. #71
    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
  2. #72
    “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.”
  3. #73
    “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. #74
    “I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.”
  5. #75
    “If I said I was madly in love with you, I’d be lying and what’s more, you’d know it.”
  6. #76
    “We are beginning to comprehend a basic truth hitherto neglected, that our physical condition is determined very largely by our emotional condition, and our emotional life is profoundly regulated by our thought life.”
  7. #77
    “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.”
  8. #78
    “But I will gladly advise him -- I’ll hide nothing--”
  9. #79
    “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. #80
    “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.”
  11. #81
    “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.”
  12. #82
    “And you can’t always please yourself; you must sometimes please other people. That, I admit, you’re very ready to do; but there’s another thing that’s still more important--you must often displease others. You must always be ready for that--you must never shrink from it. That doesn’t suit you at all--you’re too fond of admiration, you like to be thought well of. You think we can escape disagreeable duties by taking romantic views--that’s your great illusion, my dear. But we can’t. You must be prepared on many occasions in life to please no one at all--not even yourself.”
  13. #83
    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”
  14. #84
    “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.”
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