The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice
The eloquence of a scientist is clarity; scientific truth is always more luminous when its beauty is unadorned than when it is tricked out in the embellishments with which our imagination would seek to clothe it.
Everything that is possible to be believed is an image of the truth.
Truth is something we can attempt to doubt, and then perhaps, after much exertion, discover that part of the doubt is unjustified.
It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth -- not going all the way, and not starting.
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of the world all things are weighed by the false scale of custom.
Can there be a more horrible object in existence than an eloquent man not speaking the truth?
We live in the present, we dream of the future and we learn eternal truths from the past.
Love is the only reality. When this truth takes root in your heart, you will not be tempted to waste so much time on trivialities.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward errors is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
The Descent of Man
Frank and explicit: That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your mind and confuse the minds of others.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understanding is warped with enthusiasm.
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.
Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.
Commerce is a game of skill, which every man cannot play, which few men can play well. The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune, and so, in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this, and believe in magic, in all parts of life. He knows, that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent, — for every effect a perfect cause, — and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.
The Conduct of Life (1860)
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please-you can never have both.
Some men’s words I remember so well that I must often use them to express my thought. Yes, because I perceive that we have heard the same truth, but they have heard it better.
The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.
A man who seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society.
A supremely religious man or woman is one who believes deeply and consistently in the veracity of his highest experiences. He has his hours in the cellar ... but he believes in the truth of the hours he spends upstairs.
There is no better way to exercise the imagination than the study of the law. No artist ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
We all know here that the law is the most powerful of schools for the imagination. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
I don’t want any yesmen around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth-even though it costs him his job.
The sense of ultimate truth is the intellectual counterpart of the esthetic sense of perfect beauty, or the moral sense of perfect good.
I have found [public relations] to be the craft of arranging truths so that people will like you. Public-relations specialists make flower arrangements of the facts, placing them so that the wilted and less attractive petals are hidden by the sturdy blooms.
No man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1859)
The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas -- that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out.
Dissenting opinion in Abrams v. United States (1919)
The world has its fling at lawyers sometimes, but its very denial is an admission. It feels, what I believe to be the truth, that of all secular professions this has the highest standards.
True ideas are those that we can assimilate, validate, corroborate, and verify. False ideas are those that we cannot. That is the practical difference it makes to us to have true ideas; that therefore is the meaning of truth, for it is all that truth is known as.
We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
Cosmogony and cosmology have always aroused great interest among peoples and religions. The Bible itself speaks to us of the origin of the universe and its make-up, not in order to provide us with a scientific treatise, but in order to state the correct relationships of man with God and with the universe. Sacred Scripture wishes simply to declare that the world was created by God, and in order to teach this truth it expresses itself in the terms of the cosmology in use at the time of the writer. The Sacred Book likewise wishes to tell men that the world was not created as the seat of the gods, as was taught by other cosmogonies and cosmologies, but was rather created for the service of man and the glory of God. Any other teaching about the origin and make-up of the universe is alien to the intentions of the Bible, which does not wish to teach how heaven was made but how one goes to heaven.
October 3, 1981 to the Pontifical Academy of Science
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Theories of evolution which, because of the philosophies which inspire them, regard the spirit either as emerging from the forces of living matter, or as a simple epiphenomenon of that matter, are incompatible with the truth about man.
Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
The most interesting thing about the so-called lies of Diego is that, sooner or later, the ones involved in the imaginary tale get angry, not because of the lies, but because of the truth contained in the lies, which always comes forth.
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
Any truth is only true up to a certain point. When one oversteps the mark, it becomes a non-truth.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
The Measure of a Man, 1958
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Dec. 10, 1964
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
From the "I Have a Dream" speech, Aug. 28, 1963
Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
From a speech given to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Aug. 16, 1967
Be sure of the foundation of your life. Know why you live as you do. Be ready to give a reason for it. Do not, in such a matter as life, build an opinion or custom on what you guess is true. Make it a matter of certainty and science.
Substance and Show and Other Lectures
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
Letter to Edwin Stanton (July 14 1864).
It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.
Let us then be what we are, and speak what we think, and in all things keep ourselves loyal to truth.
Progress consists largely of learning to apply laws and truths that have always existed.
No one ever heard of the truth being enforced by law. Whenever the secular arm is called in to sustain an idea, whether new or old, it is always a bad idea, and not infrequently it is downright idiotic.
Truth is not a crystal one can put in one’s pocket, but an infinite fluid into which one falls headlong.
The Man without Qualities (1930-1942)
All we know of the truth is that the absolute truth, such as it is, is beyond our reach.
De Docta Ignorantia
The very word "Christianity" is a misunderstanding — in truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
Nobody dies nowadays of fatal truths: there are too many antidotes to them.
Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.
Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth.
False history gets made all day, any day, the truth of the new is never on the news
When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.
Never ask a question that you may not be prepared to have answered.
The truth is that our way of celebrating the Christmas season does spring from myriad cultures and sources, from St. Nicholas to Coca-Cola advertising campaigns.
Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.
I tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.
The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.
It is only a man's own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them.
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.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
John Bull's Other Island (1907)
Weigh not so much what men assert, as what they prove; remembering that truth is simple and naked, and needs not invention to apparel her comeliness.
In the computer field, the moment of truth is a running program; all else is prophecy.
The New Science of Management Decision (1950)
The priceless heritage of the free and independent interchange of thought is not to be kept without ceaseless vigilance. Only by guarding the truth itself can we guard the greatest of all our liberties-the right to proclaim the truth. On that liberty rests the destiny of millions.
We must never throw away a bushel of truth because it happens to contain a few grains of chaff.
The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
There is no philosopher in the world so great but he believes a million things on the faith of other people and accepts a great many more truths than he demonstrates.
I don't give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.
My own luck has been curious all my literary life; I could never tell a lie that anybody would doubt, nor a truth that anybody would believe.
From India to South Africa, November 1897. As it appeared in McClure's Magazine.
Note that venerable proverb: Children and fools always speak the truth. The deduction is plain: adults and wise persons never speak it.
"On the Decay of the Art of Lying"
Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in it use.
There is no conflict between the Old and the New; the conflict is between the False and the True.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; (I am large. I contain multitudes).
No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved.
The Preface To ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’, 1891
A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
The English are always degrading truths into facts. When a truth becomes a fact it loses all its intellectual value.
A Few Maxims For The A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one’s back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
I've found that when you want to know the truth about someone that someone is probably the last person you should ask.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
The eyes can mislead, the smile can lie, but the shoes always tell the truth.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
If the wonder's gone when the truth is known, there never was any wonder to begin with.
House, You Don't Want To Know. By Dr. Gregory House.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Bible, Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Bible, II Timothy 3:15
Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
Bible, I John 3:18
A Lawyer will do anything to win a case, sometimes he will even tell the truth.