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TRUTH
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Truth and reason are common to everyone, and are no more his who spake them first than his who speaks them after.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more I grow older.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays--Of Repentance

For oh, 'twas nuts to the Father of Lies,
  (As this wily fiend is named in the Bible)
    To find it settles by Laws so wise
      That the greater the truth, the worse the libel.
      - Thomas Moore,
        A Case of Libel--Odes, on Cash, Corn, etc.

Truth is the strong compost in which beauty may sometimes germinate.
      - Christopher Darlington Morley

Truth for authority, not authority for truth.
      - Lucretia Coffin Mott

In order to discover truth, we must be truthful ourselves, and must welcome those who point out our errors as heartily as those who approve and confirm our discoveries.
      - (Friedrich) Max Muller

Verity is nudity.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

Truth alone wounds.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Truth is congenial to man. Moral truth is then most consummate when, like beauty, it commends itself without argument. The righteous not only does right, but loves to do right.
      - Francis W. Newman

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smooth pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
      - Sir Isaac Newton

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
      - Sir Isaac Newton, Statement,
        in Brewster "Memoirs", vol. II, ch. XXVII

A truth which one has never heard causes the soul surprise at first, which touches it keenly; but when it is accustomed to it, it becomes very insensible there.
      - Claude Nicole

Deep is the well of truth and long does it take to know what has fallen into its depths.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The visionary denies the truth to himself, the liar only to others.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche,
        Thus Spake Zarathustra

No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.
      - Sir William Osler

Truths that become old become decrepit and unreliable; sometimes they may be kept going artificially for a certain time, but there is no life in them.
      - Peter Demianovich Ouspensky,
        A New Model of the Universe (preface)

I have seldom known any one who deserted truth in trifles that could be trusted in matters of importance.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

Love of truth will bless the lover all his days; yet when he brings her home, his fair-faced bride, she comes empty-handed to his door, herself her only dower.
      - Theodore Parker

Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man, the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold.
      - Theodore Parker

When we do not know the truth of a thing, it is good that there should exist a common error which determines the mind of man, as, for example, the moon, to which is attributed the change of seasons, the progress of diseases, etc. For the chief malady of man is a restless curiosity about things which he cannot understand; and it is not so bad for him to be in error as to be curious to no purpose.
      - Blaise Pascal, Pensees (no. 18)

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
      - Blaise Pascal, Thoughts (ch. X, 1)

There is not a single truth of science upon which we ought to bet more than about a million of millions to one.
      - Charles Sanders Peirce

Of all the duties, the love of truth, with faith and constancy in it, ranks first and highest. Truth is God. To love God and to love truth are one and the same.
      - Silvio Pellico

The usefullest truths are plainest; and while we keep to them, our differences cannot rise high.
      - William Penn


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