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TRUTH
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Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.
      - Confucius

If you can but give to the fainting soul at your door a cup of water from the wells of truth, it shall flash back on you the radiance of God. As you save, so shall you be saved.
      - Moncure Daniel Conway

Truth! Truth! where is the sound
  Of thy calm, unflatt'ring voice to be found?
    We may go to the Senate, where Wisdom rules,
      And find but deceiv'd or deceiving fools:
        Who dare trust the sages of old,
          When one shall unsay what another has told?
            And even the lips of childhood and youth
              But rarely echo the tone of Truth.
      - Eliza Cook

All truth is precious, if not all divine; and what dilates the powers must needs refine.
      - William Cowper

"Can this be true"? an arch observer cries,--
  "Yes," rather moved, "I saw it with these eyes."
    "Sir! I believe it on that ground alone;
      I could not had I seen it with my own."
      - William Cowper

Marble and recording brass decay,
  And, like the 'graver's memory, pass away;
    The works of man inherit, as is just,
      Their author's frailty, and return to dust;
        But Truth divine forever stands secure,
          Its head as guarded, as its base is sure;
            Fixed in the rolling flood of endless years,
              The pillar of the eternal plan appears;
                The waving storm and dashing wave defies,
                  Built by that Architect who built the skies.
      - William Cowper

Truths on which depend our main concern,
  That 'tis our shame and misery not to learn,
    Shine by the side of every path we tread
      With such a lustre, he that runs may read.
      - William Cowper

But what is truth? 'Twas Pilate's question put
  To Truth itself, that deign'd him no reply.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. III, l. 270)

For truth is unwelcome, however divine.
      - William Cowper, The Flatting Mill (st. 6)

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.
      - Clarence Darrow

The pursuit of truth will set up free; even if you never catch up with it.
      - Clarence Darrow

There is a soul of truth in error; there is a soul of good in evil.
      - Clarence Darrow

Oh truth,
  Thou art, whilst tenant in a noble breast,
    A crown of crystal in an iv'ry chest!
      - Robert Davenport

Vice for a time may shine, and virtue sigh;
  But truth, like heav'ns sun, plainly doth reveal,
    And scourge or crown, what darkness did conceal.
      - Robert Davenport

Nature . . . has buried truth deep in the bottom of the sea.
      - Democritus,
        quoted by Cicero "Academic Questions", bk. II, ch. X (C.D. Yonge's translation), credited to Democritus by Lactantius "Institutiones", bk. III, ch. XXVIII

What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice.
      - Demosthenes

If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.
      - Rene Descartes, Discours de la Methode

The love of truth is the stimulus to all noble conversation. This is the root of all the charities. The tree which springs from it may have a thousand branches, but they will all bear a golden and generous fruitage.
      - Orville Dewey

Truth is the root of all the charities.
      - Orville Dewey

"It was as true," said Mr. Barkis, . . . "as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them."
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. XXI)

The truth dazzles gradually, or else the world would be blind.
      - Emily Dickinson

I can be expected to look for truth but not to find it.
      - Denis Diderot

The first great work (a task performed by few)
  Is that yourself may to yourself be true.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon,
        An Essay on Translated Verses (l. 71)

Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Theory is continually the precursor of truth; we must pass through the twilight and its shade, to arrive at the full and perfect day.
      - James Douglas


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