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TRUTH
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The face of Truth is not less fair and beautiful for all the counterfeit visors which have been put upon her.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, and can only please by its resemblance. The appearance of reality is necessary to make any passion agreeably represented, and to be able to move others we must be moved ourselves, or at least seem to be so, upon some probable grounds.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

But yet, I say, if imputation and strong circumstances, which lead directly to the door of truth, will give you satisfaction, you may have it.
      - William Shakespeare

I am as true as truth's simplicity,
  And simpler than the infancy of truth.
      - William Shakespeare

If circumstances lead me, I will find
  Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed
    Within the centre.
      - William Shakespeare

The truth you speak doth lack some gentleness,
  And time to speak it in; you rub the sore,
    When you should bring the plaster.
      - William Shakespeare

This is all as true as it is strange;
  Nay, it is ten times true; for truth is truth
    To th' end of reckoning.
      - William Shakespeare

Truth hath a quiet breast.
      - William Shakespeare

Truth is truth to the end of reckoning.
      - William Shakespeare

Truth needs no color; beauty, no pencil.
      - William Shakespeare

Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show;
  But wonder on, till truth make all things plain.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (prologue at V, i)

That truth should be silent I had almost forgot.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Enobarbus at II, ii)

This above all, to thine own self be true,
  And it must follow as the night the day
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)

Take this from this, if this be otherwise.
  If circumstances lead me, I will find
    Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed
      Within the center.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, ii)

Mark now how a plain tale shall put you down.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at II, iv)

And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil--
  By telling truth. Tell truth and shame the devil.
    If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,
      And I'll be sworn I have power to shame him hence.
        O, while you live, tell truth and shame the devil!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at III, i)

But 'tis strange:
  And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
    The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
      With us with honest trifles, to betray's
        In deepest consequence.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Banquo at I, iii)

What, can the devil speak true?
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Banquo at I, iii)

Nay, it is ten times true, for truth is truth
  To th' end of reck'ning.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Isabella at V, i)

I warrant thee my man's as true as steel.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at II, iv)

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
  For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
    Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
      So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
        Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say,
          'Truth needs no color with his color fixed,'
            Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
              But best is best, if never intermixed.'
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet CI

When my love swears that she is made of truth
  I do believe her, though I know she lies,
    That she might think me some untutored youth.
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet CXXXVIII

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry:
  As, to behold desert a beggar born,
    And needy nothing trimmed in jollity,
      And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
        And gilded honor shamefully misplaced,
          And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
            And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
              And strength by limping away disabled,
                And art made tongue-tied by authority,
                  And folly (doctor-like) controlling skill,
                    And simple truth miscalled simplicity,
                      And captive good attending captain ill.
                        Tired with all these, from these would I be gone,
                          Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXVI

O, but they say the tongues of dying men
  Enforce attention like deep harmony.
    Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain,
      For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.
        He that no more must say is listened more
          Than they whom youth and ease have taught to glose.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at II, i)

But say, my lord, it were not regist'red,
  Methinks the truth should live from age to age,
    As 'twere retailed to all posterity,
      Even to the general all-ending day.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Prince Edward at III, i)


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