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TRUTH
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Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.
      - William Penn

Naked Truth needs no shift.
      - William Penn, Title of a Broadside

Point thy tongue on the anvil of truth.
      - Pindar

Seven years of silent inquiry are needful for a man to learn the truth, but fourteen in order to learn how to make it known to his fellow-men.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of the truth, that he may live a true man as long as possible, for then he can be trusted; but he is not to be trusted who loves voluntary falsehood, and he who loves involuntary falsehood is a fool.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Truth is the source of every good to gods and men. He who expects to be blessed and fortunate in this world should be a partaker of it from the earliest moment of his life.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

I love truth and wish to have it always spoken to me: I hate a liar.
  [Lat., Ego verum amo, verum volo mihi dici; mendacem odi.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Mostellaria (I, 3, 26)

Truth needs no flowers of speech.
      - Alexander Pope

When truth or virtue an affront endures,
  Th' affront is mine, my friend, and should be yours.
      - Alexander Pope, Epilogue to Satires
         (dialogue I, l. 207)

'Tis not enough your counsel still be true;
  Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. III, l. 13)

Farewell then, verse, and love, and ev'ry toy,
  The rhymes and rattles of the man or boy;
    What right, what true, what fit we justly call,
      Let this be al my care--for this is all.
      - Alexander Pope, First Book of Horace
         (ep. I, l. 17)

No truth can be said to be seen as it is until it is seen in its relation to all other truths. In this relation only is it true.
      - Mrs. Elizabeth Payson Prentiss

Truth is so great a perfection that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.
      - Pythagoras

Truth is to be sought with a mind purified from the passions of the body. Having overcome evil things, thou shalt experience the union of the union mortal divinity with the mortal man.
      - Pythagoras

Truth irritates those only whom it enlightens but does not convert.
      - Pasquier Quesnel

While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
  [Lat., Dum omnia quaerimus, aliquando ad verum, ubi minime expectavimus pervenimus.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 8, 3)

Facts are the enemy of truth.
      - Don Quixote,
        from the play "Man of La Mancha"

Let us seek the solution of these doubts at the bottom of the inexhaustible well, where Heraclitus says that truth is hidden.
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel (ch. XVIII)

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but fiction is truer.
      - Frederic Raphael

Do you think that not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth?
      - Robert Redford, Three Days of the Condor,
        said by character Joe Turner in a movie based on James Grady's "Six Days of the Condor"

A departure from the truth was hardly ever known to be a single one.
      - Samuel Richardson

According to Democritus, truth lies at the bottom of a well, the depth of which, alas! gives but little hope of release. To be sure, one advantage is derived from this, that the water serves for a mirror, in which truth may be reflected. I have heard, however, that some philosophers, in seeking for truth, to pay homage to her, have seen their own image and adored it instead.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Liars act like the salt miners; they undermine the truth, but leave just so much standing as is necessary to support the edifice.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Since truthfulness, as a conscious virtue and sacrifice, is the blossom, nay, the pollen, of the whole moral growth, it can only grow with its growth, and open when it has reached its height.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

To truth belongs freedom.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)


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