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“The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is almost the only courageous thing left to do.” - Edward Verrall Lucas


“You can believe in whatsoever you like, but the truth remains the truth, no matter how sweet the lie may taste.”
- Michael Bassey Johnson


“I offer no apologies to those whom I may have rendered uncomfortable with my open and honest assertions. The truth is often harsh and uncomfortable to embrace.” - Casper Odinson Cröwell


“It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard.”
- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


“Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that the mere fact of our existence should keep us all in a state of contented dazzlement.” - Lewis Thomas


“I think the discomfort that some people feel in going to the monkey cages at the zoo is a warning sign.”
- Carl Sagan


“It has struck me that people seldom listen to the meaning of underlying words.There are only a few people who recognize the silence beyond the scream,the gentle weeping that hides beyond tough statements.They hear only the words,the sentences,when there is so much more to take in.People who are too self-absorbed to notice,really see or fathom others. Often,they don't even know themselves.” - Esther Verhoef


Not every instance requires a response. Truth resides silently in the seat of power.” - T.F. Hodge


Who you are in public is a test of your conviction; who you are in private, integrity.” - Criss Jami


“The bittersweet about truth is that nothing could be more hurtful, yet nothing could be more helpful.”
- Mike Norton


“A truly good person will speak truth, act with truth, and stand for Truth. A truly good person is not afraid to think from their heart; therefore, allowing nonconformist decisions, viewpoints, and perspectives to lead their life. By following their heart, they stand with their conscience, and only with God.” - Suzy Kassem


“Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading.” - Tertullian


“History was a series of decisions about what to tell and a series of accidents about what survived after telling. Not truth, but a historian could search for truth, and the search was as worthy as any other human activity.”
- David Drake


“The search for truth takes you where the evidence leads you, even if, at first, you don't want to go there.”
- Bart D. Ehrman


“Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.”
- W. Clement Stone


“There is only one kind of shock worse than the totally unexpected: the expected for which one has refused to prepare.” - Mary Renault


“I would rather be a devil in alliance with truth, than an angel in alliance with falsehood.”
- Ludwig Feuerbach


“Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.” - Catherine of Siena


“Your dignity can be mocked, abused, compromised, toyed with, lowered and even badmouthed, but it can never be taken from you. You have the power today to reset your boundaries, restore your image, start fresh with renewed values and rebuild what has happened to you in the past.” - Shannon L. Alder


“The great majority of us are required to live a constant, systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected by it if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what bring brings you nothing but misfortune. Our nervous system isn’t just a fiction, it’s part of our physical body, and our soul exists in space and is inside us, like teeth in our mouth. It can’t be forever violated with impunity.” - Boris Pasternak


“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
- John F. Kennedy


“The search for truth takes you where the evidence leads you, even if, at first, you don't want to go there.”
- Bart D. Ehrman


“Always listen to the voice of your conscience. If your conscience conflicts with your faith, question everything.”
- Suzy Kassem


“Scepticism is the first step towards truth.” - Denis Diderot


“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own – not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions.” - Marcus Aurelius


“To speak and act truth with constancy and precision is nearly as difficult, and perhaps as meretorious, as to speak it under intimidation or penalty.” - John Ruskin


“Many lies lie between one truth.” - Toba Beta


“Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.” - Tacitus


“There's release in knowing the truth no matter how anguishing it is. You come finally to the irreducible thing, and there's nothing left to do but pick it up and hold it. Then, at least, you can enter the severe mercy of acceptance.”
- Sue Monk Kidd


“Truth is not for sale. The man who sells truths that could help and guide humanity will never have peace of mind. Share truths freely, and you will always be revealed more.” - Suzy Kassem


“People who belittle people, will be little people, and will accomplish very Little.” - Norman Vincent Peale


“Friends ask you questions; enemies question you.” - Criss Jami


“The ordinary can be like medicine.” - Sherman Alexie


“Technology to wipe out truth is now available. Not everybody can afford it but it's available. When the cost comes down, look out!” - Bob Dylan


“One is not struck by the truth until prompted quite accidentally by some external event.” - Kazuo Ishiguro


“History was a series of decisions about what to tell and a series of accidents about what survived after telling. Not truth, but a historian could search for truth, and the search was as worthy as any other human activity.”
- David Drake


“I've often mused over the idea that madness is actually a sane reaction to an insane world.”
- Stephanie Ericsson


“Truth cannot be constructed. To live in ideology is, as Havel so eloquently reminds us, inevitably to live in a lie. Truth can only be revealed. We cannot be creators, only receptors.” - James W. Sire


“I will never compromise Truth for the sake of getting along with people who can only get along when we agree.” - D.R. Silva


“It is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false. To admit that the false has any standing in court, that it ought to be handled gently because millions of morons cherish it and thousands of quacks make their livings propagating it—to admit this, as the more fatuous of the reconcilers of science and religion inevitably do, is to abandon a just cause to its enemies, cravenly and without excuse.” - H.L. Mencken


“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will - his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.” - Albert Schweitzer


“An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood.” - Aldous Huxley


“It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.” - J. Robert Oppenheimer


“Tolerance! The virtue that makes one bite his tongue so that he can tear out his hair.” - Criss Jami


“When you procrastinate you become a slave to yesterday.” - Stephen McCranie


“Where we fall are the stepping-stones for our journey.” - Lolly Daskal


“And the truth must finally lie in that which every oppressed individual feels within himself but hasn't the courage to express.” - Wilhelm Reich


“If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort.” - Dorothy L. Sayers


“If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.” - Carl von Clausewitz


“Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having the majority on its side.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Like love, the light or guidance of truth that influences us exists only in living form, not in principles or rules or expectations or advice, however widely circulated.” - Alan Watts


“Nothing but truth is immortal.” - Robert G. Ingersoll


“I didn't set out to discover a truth. I was actually sent to the Outer Fringes to conduct a chair census and learn some humility. But the truth inevitably found me, as important truths often do, like a lost thought in need of a mind.”
- Jasper Fforde


“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place.” - Author Unknown


“Leadership is having the courage to act on that which you know to be true.” - Author Unknown


“Never assume the obvious is true.” - William Safire


“The truth is sometimes a poor competitor in the market place of ideas – complicated, unsatisfying, full of dilemmas, always vulnerable to misinterpretation and abuse.” - George F. Kennan


“To say that the first casualty of war is truth is to miss the rather more important point that a principal weapon of war is lies.” - Harry M. Collins


“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is - infinite.” - William Blake


“It is often argued that religion is valuable because it makes men good, but even if this were true it would not be a proof that religion is true. That would be an extension of pragmatism beyond endurance. Santa Claus makes children good in precisely the same way, and yet no one would argue seriously that the fact proves his existence. The defense of religion is full of such logical imbecilities. The theologians, taking one with another, are adept logicians, but every now and then they have to resort to sophistries so obvious that their whole case takes on an air of the ridiculous. Even the most logical religion starts out with patently false assumptions. It is often argued in support of this or that one that men are so devoted to it that they are willing to die for it. That, of course, is as silly as the Santa Claus proof. Other men are just as devoted to manifestly false religions, and just as willing to die for them. Every theologian spends a large part of his time and energy trying to prove that religions for which multitudes of honest men have fought and died are false, wicked, and against God.” - H.L. Mencken


“Understanding is a three edged sword: your side, their side, and the truth.” - J. Michael Straczynski


“Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.” - Malcolm X


“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so what?” - Stephen Fry


“The life of human beings is suspended between the poles of heaven and earth. Let us retain within us the width of heaven, but let us not forget the earth that bears us. Earth and heaven are the symbols of the finite and the infinite, in which we share equally. It is not our task to choose between these two poles of our existence or to give up the one for the sake of the other, but to recognize their mutual interdependence and to integrate them into our very being.” - Lama Govinda


“The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Parmenides taught that the only things that are real are things which never change... and the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught that everything changes. If you superimpose their two views, you get this result: Nothing is real.” - Philip K. Dick


“Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.” - Abbie Hoffman


“When society gives censors wide and vague powers they never confine themselves to deserving targets. They are not snipers, but machine-gunners. Allow them to fire at will, and they will hit anything that moves.” - Nick Cohen


“Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden


“The true test of liberty is the right to test it, the right to question it, the right to speak to my neighbors, to grab them by the shoulders and look into their eyes and ask, “Are we free?” I have thought that if we are free, the answer cannot hurt us. And if we are not free, must we not hear the answer?” - Gerry Spence


“We never know when our last day on earth will be. So, love with full sincerity, believe with true faith, and hope with all of your might. Better to have lived in truth and discovered life, than to have lived half heartedly and died long before you ever ceased breathing.” - Mary Chase


“The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it.” - D.L. Moody


“We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering,” than to say, “This landscape is ugly.” - Simone Weil


“We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.” - B.W. Powe


“Truthfulness so often goes with ruthlessness.” - Dodie Smith


“If you're not happy in life then you need to change, calibrate, readjust, flush your negative energy and fill it with positive energy; How do we do that you might ask? well I would start by making others happy, deseases are not the only thing that spreads easy. We are all connected in some form of unseen energy... think how those around you will impact you and make you feel if they were happy?” - Al Munoz


“It is difficult to see ourselves as we are. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to have good friends, lovers or others who will do us the good service of telling us the truth about ourselves. When we don't, we can so easily delude ourselves, lose a sense of truth about ourselves, and our conscience loses power and purpose. Mostly, we tell ourselves what we would like to hear. We lose our way.” - Jon Katz


“People who pride themselves on their "complexity" and deride others for being "simplistic" should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.” -Thomas Sowell


“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” - Chinese Proverb


“Some truths are truths, no matter who says them.” - Patricia Briggs


“It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon.” - C. JoyBell


“Don't change your mind just because people are offended; change your mind if you're wrong.”
- Criss Jami


“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. "One word of truth outweighs the world.” - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


“Never do anything that you can't admit doing, because if you are that ashamed of whatever it is, it's probably wrong.” - Ashly Lorenzana


“Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.” - Steve Maraboli


“If we really saw war, what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war. This is why war is carefully sanitized. This is why we are given war's perverse and dark thrill but are spared from seeing war's consequences. The mythic visions of war keep it heroic and entertaining. The wounded, the crippled, and the dead are, in this great charade, swiftly carted offstage. They are war's refuse. We do not see them. We do not hear them. They are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of our consciousness, ignored, even reviled. The message they tell is too painful for us to hear. We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honor, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.” - Chris Hedges


"A rumor is a social cancer: it is difficult to contain and it rots the brains of the masses. However, the real danger is that so many people find rumors enjoyable. That part causes the infection. And in such cases when a rumor is only partially made of truth, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the information may have gone wrong. It is passed on and on until some brave soul questions its validity; that brave soul refuses to bite the apple and let the apple eat him. Forced to start from scratch for the sake of purity and truth, that brave soul, figuratively speaking, fully amputates the information in order to protect his personal judgment. In other words, his ignorance is to be valued more than the lie believed to be true.” - Criss Jami


"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” - Dale Turner


"A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.” - Arthur C Clarke


"It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the truth.” - Blaise Pascal


"That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.” - P.C. Hodgell


"The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma.” - Judith Lewis Herman


"We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.”
- B.W. Powe


"What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero


"Be a true Heart, not a follower.” - Ed Sheeran


"The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.” - Fyodor Dostoyevsky


"Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.”
- Albert Camus


"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” - James Joyce


"I’ve never had anyone’s approval, so I’ve learned to live without it.” - Pat Conroy


"To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.” - Oscar Wilde


"The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
- John F. Kennedy


"The treacherous are ever distrustful.” - J.R.R. Tolkien


"When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.” - Yevgeny Yevtushenko


"Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.” - Friedrich Nietzsche


"Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.” - Arthur Conan Doyle


"One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.” - Al David


"Stop doing what is easy or popular. Start doing what is right.” - Roy T. Bennett


"When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.” - Shannon L. Alder


"People wish to be settled; Only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Stop doing what is easy or popular. Start doing what is right.” - Roy T. Bennett


"The more I see, the less I know for sure.” - John Lennon



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