on Truth

Truth“What is truth?”
Pontius Pilate (John 18:38)

Sometimes, the truth is staring us right in the face and we don’t even realise it.


“I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.”1 – Rudyard Kipling

“Truth is the basis of love” Unknown

“Three things cannot be long hidden – the sun, the moon, and the truth” Prince Gautama Siddharta (563BC-483BC)

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” Rene Descartes

“Honesty is not synonymous with truth.” Anonymous

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. The point is to discover them.” Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer & physicist (1564 – 1642)

“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, “I have found a truth’.” Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Mark Twain, (attributed)

“The bigger the lie, the more often you repeat it; and the more often you repeat it, the more easily people accept it as the truth.” Joseph Goebbels

“A lie told often enough becomes truth.” Vladimir Lenin (Russian Founder of the Russian Communist Party, leader of the Russian Revolution of 1917

“A healthy science is a science that seeks the truth and lets the evidence speak for itself.” from Unlocking the Mystery of Life

“The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.” Shana Alexander

“The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.” H. L. Mencken

“The truth is more important than the facts.” Frank Lloyd Wright

“There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.” Marie Curie

“Advertisements … contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Nathaniel Macon, January 12, 1819

“I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.” Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., Speech during 1952 Presidential Campaign

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”  Sir Winston Churchill

“It is always the best policy to speak the truth – unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.” Jerome K. Jerome

“Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.” Samuel Butler

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer

“I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” Harry S Truman, in Look, Apr. 3, 1956

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” Oscar Wilde

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895, Act I

“It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars.” Arthur C. Clarke, First on the Moon, 1970

“Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.” Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes, 1939

“Any great truth can, and eventually will be expressed as a cliché. A cliché is a sure and certain way to dilute an idea. For instance, my grandmother used to say, ‘The black cat is always the last one off the fence.’ I have no idea what she meant, but at one time, it was undoubtedly true.” Solomon Short

“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.” Umberto Eco

“Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.” Edith Sitwell

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32


eLFy note 1: good principle to go by in searching for the truth.

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