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  Tell the truth and shame the devil.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Truth may be suppressed, but not strangled.  
 -  German proverb
  

  He who speaks the truth should have one foot in the stirrup.  
 -  Hindi proverb
  

  An army stands until peace, and a lie does so till the truth is out.  
 -  Russian proverb
  

  Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.  
 -  Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  

  A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.  
 -  Alfred Tennyson
  

  I believe that if all the truth in the world was known the world would be a better place.  
 -  Andy Rooney
  

  The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.  
 -  Ann Landers
  

  The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.  
 -  Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  

  The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The truth will ouch.  
 -  Arnold H. Glasow
  

  Life is short and truth works far and lives long - let us speak the truth.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self-evident.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  There are three types of lies - lies, damn lies, and statistics.  
 -  Benjamin Disraeli
  

  A half-truth is usually less than half of that.  
 -  Bern Williams
  

  The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.  
 -  Bill Clinton
  

  When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.  
 -  Bill Copeland
  

  If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

  If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.  
 -  Bruce Lee
  

  There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: Not going all the way, and not starting.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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
  

  The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies. The fearful thing about it is that, not knowing what truth may be, we can still recognize lies.  
 -  Cesare Pavese
  

  To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.  
 -  Charles Darwin
  

  He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.  
 -  Charles Peguy
  

  If you're really truthful with yourself, it's a wonderful guidance.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  By doubting we come at truth.  
 -  Cicero
  

  In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  If it's a truth, the simpler something is said, the greater its impact. Compression creates power.  
 -  David Allen
  

  The only thing that's Capital-T True is that you get to decide how you see things.  
 -  David Foster Wallace
  

  Wherever you go you will find people lying to you, and as your awareness grows, you will notice that you also lie to yourself. Do not expect people to tell you the truth because they also lie to themselves.  
 -  Don Miguel Ruiz
  

  Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.  
 -  Edgar J. Mohn
  

  The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.  
 -  Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  

  Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.  
 -  Emily Dickinson
  

  The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.  
 -  Eminem
  

  We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.  
 -  Erich Hoffer
  

  Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  What upsets me is not that you lied to me, but that from now on I can no longer believe you.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  In the mountains of truth you will never climb in vain: either you will get up higher today or you will exercise your strength so as to be able to get up higher tomorrow.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.  
 -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  

  Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  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
  

  In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  There is no truth. There is only perception.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Some people so treasure the truth that they use it with great economy.  
 -  H. Ray Golenor
  

  The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom - these are the pillars of society.  
 -  Henrik Ibsen
  

  It takes two to speak truth - one to speak and another to hear.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense.  
 -  Henry St. John
  

  Truth is in things, and not in words.  
 -  Herman Melville
  

  Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.  
 -  Homer
  

  My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  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
  

  In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  There is no truth. There is only perception.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Some people so treasure the truth that they use it with great economy.  
 -  H. Ray Golenor
  

  The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom - these are the pillars of society.  
 -  Henrik Ibsen
  

  It takes two to speak truth - one to speak and another to hear.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense.  
 -  Henry St. John
  

  Truth is in things, and not in words.  
 -  Herman Melville
  

  Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.  
 -  Homer
  

  By a lie, a man... annihilates his dignity as a man.  
 -  Immanuel Kant
  

  When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.  
 -  Isaac Bashevis Singer
  

  For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.  
 -  Ivan Panin
  

  I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.  
 -  James Garfield
  

  First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  Truth hurts; not the searching after; the running from.  
 -  John Eyberg
  

  No matter how big the lie - repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  Truth is a tyrant - the only tyrant to whom we can give our allegiance. The service of truth is a matter of heroism.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.  
 -  Josh Billings
  

  The basic truths are always simple, easy to fit in a quote, but applying them consistently, that is another matter.  
 -  Kamal Ravikant
  

  The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.  
 -  Larry Winget
  

  Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.  
 -  Louis Kronenberger
  

  Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.  
 -  Lyman Beecher
  

  There is not truth in a man who cannot control his tongue.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  I seek the truth. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance that does harm.  
 -  Marcus Aurelius
  

  The truth is not always dressed for the evening.  
 -  Margaret Lewerth
  

  The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The complexities of adult life get in the way of the truth.  
 -  Mortimer Adler
  

  Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.  
 -  Nadine Gordimer
  

  Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble at a touch. Nay, you may kick it about all day, and it will be round and full at evening.  
 -  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  

  If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.  
 -  Otto von Bismarck
  

  The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.  
 -  Pearl S. Buck
  

  Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.  
 -  Pythagoras
  

  While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.  
 -  Quintilian
  

  Two elements are needed to form a truth - a fact and an abstraction.  
 -  Remy de Gourmont
  

  A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.  
 -  Saki
  

  It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying, that there is so much falsehood in the world.  
 -  Samuel Johnson
  

  When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.  
 -  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  

  No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

  Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.  
 -  Sir Isaac Newton
  

  Plato is my friend; Aristotle is my friend; but my greatest friend is truth.  
 -  Sir Isaac Newton
  

  A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry on as if nothing had happened.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  The idea that nothing is true except what we comprehend is silly.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonorably is pardonable.  
 -  Sophocles
  

  In quarreling, the truth is always lost.  
 -  Syrus
  

  Sweet words are not always true. True words are not always sweet. But no matter what words can say, Actions will always tell the truth.  
 -  Unknown
  

  That awkward moment when you're actually telling the truth, but you're laughing so everyone thinks you're lying.  
 -  Unknown
  

  An honest enemy is always better than a friend who lies. Pay less attention to what people say and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth!  
 -  Unknown
  

  Hurt me with the TRUTH... But never comfort me with a LIE..  
 -  Unknown
  

  For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Your mouth can lie, but your eyes will always tell the truth.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I would rather shed a million tears over the ugly truth then smile over a million beautiful lies.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Some people call me a trouble-maker. Wrong, I am a bitch who speaks the truth and won't put up with your shit.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Love has 4 letters, but so does Hate; Friends has 7 letters, but so does Enemies; Truth has 5 letters, but so does Lying.  
 -  Unknown
  

  You may never know how you've impacted someone's life until you are no longer a part of their world. It's a sad truth.  
 -  Unknown
  

  When you love someone, you give everything without thinking twice, deny the truth, believe in lies, do crazy things that you can't explain and cry over things that hurt you but still stay and say, I'm okay.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Men hate those to whom they have to lie.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Love truth, but pardon error.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependant on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.  
 -  Warren G. Bennis
  

  In order to be effective, truth must penetrate like an arrow - and that is likely to hurt.  
 -  Wei Wu Wei
  

  Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.  
 -  Will Durant
  

  Truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.  
 -  William Blake
  

  The world loves to be amused by hollow professions, to be deceived by flattering appearances, to live in a state of hallucination; and can forgive everything but the plain, downright, simple, honest truth.  
 -  William Hazlitt
  

  While you live, tell truth, and shame the devil!  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry IV
  

  Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.  
 -  William Somerset Maugham
  

  Is truth always positive? Of course. Once the truth comes out, you know, it's all right. We're scared that if the truth comes out that it's not all right. It's the other way around.  
 -  Yoko Ono