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TRUTH
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Give us that calm certainty of truth, that nearness to Thee, that conviction of the reality of the life to come, which we shall need to bear us through the troubles of this.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And with that he held his peace. And all the people then shouted, and said, Great is Truth, and mighty above all things.
      - Bible, Esdra (Apocrypha) (ch. IV, v. 41)

But above all things truth is victor.
      - Bible,
        inscription on the New York Public Library,
        I Esdras (Apocrypha) (ch. III, v. 12)

Great is truth, and strongest of all.
      - Bible, I Esdras (Apocrypha)
         (ch. IV, v. 41)

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
      - Bible, John (ch. VIII, v. 32)

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
      - Bible, John (ch. VIII, v. 44)

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
      - Josh Billings (pseudonym of Henry Wheeler Shaw)

God forbid that Truth should be confined to Mathematical Demonstration!
      - William Blake, circa 1808,
        "Notes on Reynold's Discourses"

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
      - Niels Henrik David Bohr

Nothing is really beautiful but truth, and truth alone is lovely.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Truth has not such an urgent air.
  [Fr., La verite n'a point cet air impetueux.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, L'Art Poetique
         (I, 198)

At times truth may not seem probable.
  [Fr., Le vrai peut quelquefois n'etre pas vraisemblable.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, L'Art Poetique
         (III, 48)

Truth is only developed in the hour of need; time, and not man, discovers it.
      - Louis Gabriel A. Bonald (Vicompte de Bonald)

Think truly, and thy thoughts
  Shall the world's famine feed.
    Speak truly, and each word of thine
      Shall be a fruitful seed.
        Live truly, and thy life shall be
          A great and noble creed.
      - Horatius Bonar, D.D.,
        Hymns of Faith and Hope (p. 113),
        (ed. 1813)

The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.
      - Max Born

Truth is a queen who has her eternal throne in heaven, and her seat of empire in the heart of God.
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet

Morality has need, that it may be well received, of the mask of fable and the charm of poetry: truth pleases less when it is naked; and it is the only virgin whom we best like to see a little clothed.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

Truth like the sun, submits to be obscured; but like the sun, only for a time.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Truth exists; only lies are invented.
      - Georges Braque

Truth is mighty and will prevail.
  [Lat., Magna est veritas et praevalebit.]
      - Thomas Brooks,
        he is said to have been the first to use the expression (1662)

He said true things, but called them by wrong names.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Truth is truth howe'er it strike.
      - Robert Browning

Truth never hurts the teller.
      - Robert Browning

If it is not true it is very well invented.
  [It., Se non e vero, e molto ben trovato.]
      - Giordano Bruno, Degli Eroici Furori,
        (Italian)

Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger.
      - William Cullen Bryant


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