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There is something very sublime, though very fanciful, in Plato's description of the Supreme Being,--that truth is His body and light His shadow. According to this definition there is nothing so contradictory to his nature as error and falsehood.
      - Joseph Addison

There are truths that shield themselves behind veils, and are best spoken by implication. Even the sun veils himself in his own rays to blind the gaze of the too curious starer.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Truth is inclusive of all the virtues, is older than sects and schools, and, like charity, more ancient than mankind.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Truth is sensitive and jealous of the least encroachment upon its sacredness.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott,
        Concord Days--June--Goethe

Truth does not consist in minute accuracy of detail; but in conveying a right impression.
      - Henry Alford

Truth is simple, requiring neither study nor art.
      - Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus)

Truth is violated by falsehood, and it may be equally outraged by silence.
      - Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus)

The language of truth is unadorned and always simple.
  [Lat., Veritatis absolutus sermo ac semper est simplex.]
      - Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus),
        Annales (XIV, 10)

Truth is often attended with danger.
  [Lat., Pericula veritati saepe contigua.]
      - Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus),
        Annales (XXVI)

O truth divine! enlightened by thy ray, I grope and guess no more, but see my way.
      - John Arbuthnot

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
      - Aristotle

Truth illuminates and gives joy; and it is by the bond of joy, not of pleasure, that men's spirits are indissolubly held.
      - Matthew Arnold

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
      - Matthew Arnold

It is only when one is thoroughly true that there can be purity and freedom. Falsehood always punishes itself.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature; the mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.
      - Francis Bacon

Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion.
      - Francis Bacon

Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not show the masks and mummeries of the world half so stately and daintily as candlelights.
      - Francis Bacon

But no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays--Of Truth

You never find yourself until you face the truth.
      - Pearl Bailey

The truth of truths is love.
      - Philip James Bailey

The greatest truths are the simplest.
      - Hosea Ballou

For the journalist, anything probable is gospel truth.
      - Honore de Balzac

How sweet the words of Truth, breath'd from the lips of Love.
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel
         (bk. II, st. 53)

To say the truth, though I say 't that should not say 't.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Wit at Several Weapons (act II)

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