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Nothing from man's hands, nor law, nor constitution, can be final. Truth alone is final.
      - Charles Sumner

Some modern zealots appear to have no better knowledge of truth, nor better manner of judging it, than by counting noses.
      - Jonathan Swift

Tell truth, and shame the devil.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Mary, the Cookmaid's Letter

Truth is strengthened by observation and time, pretences by haste and uncertainty.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay: falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
  [Lat., Veritas visu et mora, falsa festinatione et incertis valescunt.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (II, 39)

Attach thyself to truth; defend justice; rejoice in the beautiful. That which comes to thee with time, time will take away; that which is eternal will remain in thy heart.
      - Esaias Tegner

Truth will be uppermost one time or another, like cork, though kept down in the water.
      - Sir William Temple

Truth-teller was our England's Alfred named?
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington

And friendly free discussion calling forth
  From the fair jewel Truth its latent ray.
      - James Thomson (1), Liberty
         (pt. II, l. 220)

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Truth never turns to rebuke falsehood; her own straightforwardness is the severest correction.
      - Henry David Thoreau

It takes two to speak the truth--one to speak, and another to hear.
      - Henry David Thoreau,
        A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
         (p. 283)

The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.
      - Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau's Journal
         (March 15, 1842),
        found in H.G.O. Blake's "Early Spring in Massachusetts," p. 19

Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware; whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.
      - John Tillotson

Truth is the shortest and nearest way to our end, carrying us thither in a straight line.
      - John Tillotson

All truth contains an echo of sadness.
      - F.G. Trafford (pseudonym of Charlotte Eliza Lawson)

O man, little hast thou learnt of truth in things most true, and how therefore shall thy blindness wot of truth in things most fallen?
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

When in doubt, tell the truth.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Following the Equator (ch. 7)

Tell the truth or trump--but get the trick.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Pudd'nhead Wilson

There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
         (ch. 1)

He who seeks the truth should be of no country.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

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