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TRUTH
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The language of truth is simple.
      - Euripides

Truth travels down from the heights of philosophy to the humblest walks of life, and up from the simplest perceptions of an awakened intellect to the discoveries which almost change the face of the world. At every stage of its progress it is genial, luminous, creative.
      - Edward Everett

Truth is mighty and it will prevail.
      - Ezra (Esdras)

Lay thy face low on the threshold of truth.
      - Feisi (Feiyasi or Faizi) (Abul Feis ibn Mubarak)

If I held all of truth in my hand I would beware of opening it to men.
  [Fr., Si je tenais toutes les verites dans ma main, je me donnerais bien de garde de l'ouvrir aux hommes.]
      - Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

Truth comes home to the mind so naturally that when we learn it for the first time, it seems as though we did no more than recall it to our memory.
      - Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

Truly, I see he that will but stand to the truth, it will carry him out.
      - George Fox

From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
      - Sigmund Freud

The conceptions I have summarized here I first put forward only tentatively, but in the course of time they have won such a hold over me that I can no longer think in any other way.
      - Sigmund Freud,
        Civilization and Its Discontents

Truth only smells sweet forever, and illusions, however innocent, are deadly as the canker worm.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism

The confusion and undesigned inaccuracy so often to be observed in conversation, especially in that of uneducated persons, proves that truth needs to be cultivated as a talent, as well as recommended as a virtue.
      - Elizabeth Fry

Lest men suspect your tale untrue,
  Keep probability in view.
      - John Gay,
        The Painter who Pleased Nobody and Everybody

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said Truth is the daughter of Time.
  [Lat., Alius quidam veterum poetarum cuius nomen mihi nunc memoriae non est veritatem temporis filiam esse dixit.]
      - Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticoe
         (XII, 11, par. 2)

Individuals may perish; but truth is eternal.
      - Joseph Gerrald

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
      - Andre Gide

The color of truth is gray.
      - Andre Gide

Her terrible tale
  You can't assail,
    With truth it quite agrees;
      Her taste exact
        For faultless fact
          Amounts to a disease.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Mikado
         (act II)

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not always necessary that truth should be embodied; enough if it hover, spirit-like, around us and produce harmony, if it float through the aid like the sweetly solemn chiming of a minster bell.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is but one poetry,--true poetry.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Truth is a torch, but a terrific one; therefore we all try to reach it with closed eyes, lest we should be scorched.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Truth is not determined by majority vote.
      - Doug Gwyn

Corrupt as men are, they are yet so much the creatures of reflection, and so strongly addicted to sentiments of right and wrong, that their attachment to a public cause can rarely be secured, or their animosity be kept alive, unless their understandings are engaged by some appearance of truth and rectitude.
      - Robert Hall

Truth like a torch, the more 'tis shock, it shines.
      - Sir William Hamilton (3),
        Discussions on Philosophy (title page)

Truth is not merely what we are thinking, but also why, to whom and under what circumstances we say it.
      - Vaclav Havel, Temptation


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