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The colonists are by the law of nature free born, as indeed all man are, white or black ... It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own.
—  James Otis
Every social trait labelled masculine or feminine is in truth a human trait. It is our human right to develop and contribute our talents whatever our race, sex, religion, ancestry, age. Human rights are indivisible!
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but is all still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless changes.
We sometimes speak of winning reputation as though that were the final goal. The truth is contrary to this. Reputation is a reward, to be sure, but it is really the beginning, not the end of endeavor. It should not be the signal for a let-down, but rather, a reminder that the standards which won recognition can never again be lowered. From him who gives much - much is forever after expected.
The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
—  Buddha
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
In the long run, digging for truth has always proved not only more interesting but more profitable than digging for gold.
The unconscious wants truth. It ceases to speak to those who want something else more than truth
The question is, when so many others cut corners, shave the truth, self-deal, believe in the fast buck, and follow the crowd along the low road of least resistance, can we even afford to travel the high road of ethical behavior? Frankly, we can't afford anything else. Any other competitive angle is a pure crapshoot in today's business world. Companies with shaky ethics and shabby standards will be crippled as they try to compete in our changing world.
Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth or the only truth.
Once baptized, we then receive the Holy Ghost, a special gift from God, which is priceless beyond expression. The Holy Ghost bears witness of the Father and the Son and guides us to all truth and comforts us and gives us peace for the rest of our lives.
... the enemy of righteousness also works in little steps, so small that they are hard to notice if you are thinking only about yourself and how great you are. Just as truth is given to us line upon line and the light brightens slowly as we obey, even so, as we disobey our testimony of truth lessens almost imperceptibly, little by little, and darkness descends so slowly that the proud may easily deny that anything is changing.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is.
There are places where the mind dies so that a truth which is its very denial may be born.
He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright.
There are three parts in truth: first, the inquiry, which is the wooing of it; secondly, the knowledge of it, which is the presence of it; and thirdly, the belief, which is the enjoyment of it.
Where there is discord may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope.
TRUTH, n. An ingenious compound of desirability and appearance. Discovery of truth is the sole purpose of philosophy, which is the most ancient occupation of the human mind and has a fair prospect of existing ... to the end of time.
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as nothing happened.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.
A general definition of civilization: a civilized society is exhibiting the fine qualities of truth, beauty, adventure, art, peace.
When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those who do.
No one who has read official documents needs to be told how easy it is to conceal the essential truth under the apparently candid and all- disclosing phrases of a voluminous and particularizing report.
Of a truth, Knowledge is power, but it is a power reined by scruple, having a conscience of what must be and what may be.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
Let us not underrate the value of a fact; it will one day flower into a truth.
According to Democritus, truth lies at the bottom of a well, the water of which serves as a mirror in which objects 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.
Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.
Every great scientific truth goes through three stages: First, people say it conflicts with the Bible. Next they say it had been discovered before. Lastly, they say they always believed it.
If we try hard to do what that truth requires of us, God will send more light and more truth. It will go on, line after line, as long as we choose to obey the truth. That is why the Savior said that the man who obeyed His commandments built on a rock so solid that no storm of flood could hurt his house.
We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart.
The first of our senses which we should take care never to let rust through disuse is that sixth sense, the imagination. I mean the wide-open eye which leads us to see truth more vividly, to apprehend more broadly, to concern ourselves more deeply, to be, all our life long, sensitive and awake to the powers and responsibilities given to us as human beings.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
In private places, among sordid objects, an act of truth or heroism seems at once to draw to itself the sky as its temple, the sun as its cradle. Nature stretches out her arms to embrace man, only let his thoughts be of equal greatness.
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
When one is loyal to the truth, we say he is a person of integrity. When one is loyal to the truth under intense opposition, we say he is a person of great integrity.
I further testify that when we eventually see things through the proper perspective of eternal truth, we will be amazed at how much we were blessed in important though often unperceived ways through keeping the Sabbath Day holy.
The great trick of regarding small departures from the truth as the truth itself -- on which is founded the entire integral calculus -- is also the basis of our witty speculations, where the whole thing would often collapse if we considered the departures with philosophical rigour.
No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.
We seek the truth, and will endure the consequences.
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.
The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement.
Truth that peeps Over the glass's edge when dinner's done.
There exists, if I am not mistaken, an entire world which is the totality of mathematical truths, to which we have access only with our mind, just as a world of physical reality exists, the one like the other independent of ourselves, both of divine creation.
The truth is, the science of Nature has been already too long made only a work of the brain and the fancy: It is now high time that it should return to the plainness and soundness of observations on material and obvious things.
Neither human applause nor human censure is to be taken as the best of truth; but either should set us upon testing ourselves.
Sitting is the gateway of truth to total liberation.
I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.
Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.
Dying for Freedom is nobler than living in The shadow of weak submission, for He who embraces death with the sword Of Truth in his hand will eternalize With the Eternity of Truth, for Life Is weaker than Death and Death is Weaker than Truth.
A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
No mask like open truth to cover lies, As to go naked is the best disguise.
Reason is the slow and tortuous method by which these who do not know the truth discover it. The heart has its own reason which reason does not know.
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.
Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so.
The acceptance of the truth that joy and sorrow, laughter and tears are not confined to any particular time, place or people, but are universally distributed, should make us more tolerant of and more interested in the lives of others.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
EXCEPTION, n. A thing which takes the liberty to differ from other things of its class, as an honest man, a truthful woman, etc.
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.
Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count.
Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.
A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it.
Truth, then, seems to me, in the proper import of the word, to signify nothing but the joining or separating of Signs, as the Things signified by them do agree or disagree one with another. The joining or separating of signs here meant, is what by another name we call proposition. So that truth properly belongs only to propositions: whereof there are two sorts, viz. mental and verbal; as there are two sorts of signs commonly made use of, viz. ideas and words.
—  John Locke
Skepticism is not an end in itself; it is a tool for the discovery of truths.
What is a man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what has been made, a denouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good?
RACK, n. An argumentative implement formerly much used in persuading devotees of a false faith to embrace the living truth. As a call to the unconverted the rack never had any particular efficacy, and is now held in light popular esteem.
The truth, the hope of any time, must always be sought in minorities.
Silently a flower blooms, In silence it falls away; Yet here now, at this moment, at this place, The world of the flower, the whole of the world is blooming. This is the talk of the flower, the truth of the blossom: The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.
It always comes to the same necessity: go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth, however hard.
—  May Sarton
I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grown older.
The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards.
Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
There's an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny.
Always being truthful is a source of happiness. Being honest with our neighbors is a source of happiness.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
A kiss may not be the truth, but it is what we wish were true.
We all need to know what it means to be honest. Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.
No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.
One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.
Though conditions have grown puzzling in their complexity, though changes have been vast, yet we may remain absolutely sure of one thing; that now as ever in the past, and as it will ever be in-the future, there can be no substitute for elemental virtues, for the elemental qualities to which we allude when we speak of a man, not only as a good man, but as emphatically a man. We can build up the standard of individual citizenship and individual well-being, we can raise the national standard and make it what it can and shall be made, only by each of us steadfastly keeping in mind that there can be no substitute for the world-old commonplace qualities of truth, justice, and courage, thrift, industry, common sense and genuine sympathy with the fellow feelings of others.
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way.
The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.
Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.
Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.
How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
In the pure mathematics we contemplate absolute truths which existed in the divine mind before the morning stars sang together, and which will continue to exist there when the last of their radiant host shall have fallen from heaven.
One goes to Nature only for hints and half-truths. Her facts are crude until you have absorbed them or translated them ... It is not so much what we see as what the thing seen suggests.
Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.
We are not very pleased when we are forced to accept a mathematical truth by virtue of a complicated chain of formal conclusions and computations, which we traverse blindly, link by link, feeling our way by touch. We want first an overview of the aim and of the road; we want to understand the idea of the proof, the deeper context.
In every truth, the beneficiaries of a system cannot be expected to destroy it.
The most striking contradiction of our civilization is the fundamental reverence for truth which we profess and the thorough-going disregard for it which we practice.
Isn't it too bad that the great truths are all such lies?
There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.
—  Niels Bohr
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.
A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW The surging sea of human life forever onward rolls, And bears to the eternal shore its daily freight of souls; Tbough bravely sails our bark today, pale Death sits at the prow, And few shall know we ever lived a hundred years from now. O mighty human brotherhood Why fiercely war and strive, While God's great world has ample space for everything alive? Broad fields uncultured and unclaimed are waiting for the plow Of progress that shall make them bloom a hundred years from now. Why should we try so earnestly in life's short, narrow span, On golden stairs to climb so high above our brother man? Why blindly at an earthly shrine in slavish homage bow? Our gold will rust, ourselves be dust, a hundred years from now. Why prize so much the world's applause? Why dread so much its blame? A fleeting echo is its voice of censure or of fame; The praise that thrills the heart, the scom that dyes with shame the brow, Will be as long-forgotten dreams a hundred years from now. O patient hearts, that meekly bear your weary load of wrongl O earnest hearts, that bravely dare, and striving, grow more strong! Press on till perfect peace is won; you'll never dream of how You struggled o'er life's thorny road a hundred years from now. Grand, lofty souls, who live and toil that freedom, right and truth Alone may rule the universe, for you is endless youth. When 'mid the blest with God you rest, the grateful land shall bow Above your clay in reverent love a hundred years from now. Earth's empires rise and fall. Time! like breakers on thy shore They rush upon thy rocks of doom, go down, and are no more. The starry wilderness of worlds that gem night's radiant brow Will light the skies for other eyes a hundred years from now. Our Father, to whose sleepless eye the past and future stand An open page, like babes we cling to Tby protecting hand; Change, sorrow, death, are naught to us, if we may safely bow Beneath the shadow of Thy throne a hundred years from now.
Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.
For Africa to me ... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth ... and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.
There is not a woman in the world the possession of whom is as precious as that of the truths which she reveals to us by causing us to suffer.
Many are the places of worship, but few indeed are those who worship in Spirit and in truth.
There is no truth that has not its source in the Author of all truth.
I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak, and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.
Reason is natural revelation, whereby the eternal father of light, and fountain of all knowledge, communicates to mankind that portion of truth which he has laid within the reach of their natural faculties: revelation is natural reason enlarged by a new set of discoveries communicated by God.
—  John Locke
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
The truth of the matter is that, though mathematics truth may be beauty, it can be only glimpsed after much hard thinking. Mathematics is difficult for many human minds to grasp because of its hierarchical structure: one thing builds on another and depends on it.
—  M. Holt
Men of vision caught glimpses of truth and beauty shining aloft like stars: and in these glimpses was a new hope for the unification of mankind through enlightenment.
Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.
The most dangerous force to truth and freedom in our midst is the compact majority.
The all-round liberally educated man, from Palaeolithic times to the time when the earth shall become a cold cinder, will always be the same, namely, the man who follows his standards of truth and beauty, who employs his learning and observation, his reason, his expression, for purposes of production, that is, to add something of his own to the stock of the world's ideas.
The truth of a theory is in your mind, not in your eyes.
Science is teaching man to know and reverence truth, and to believe that only as far as he knows and loves it can he live worthily on earth, and vindicate the dignity of his spirit.
The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.
Every day that you attempt to see things as they are in truth Is a supremely successful day.
The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change.
PLATITUDE, n. The fundamental element and special glory of popular literature. A thought that snores in words that smoke. All that is mortal of a departed truth. A jelly-fish withering on the shore of the sea of thought. A desiccated epigram.
Austerity of speech consists in speaking truthfully and beneficially and in avoiding speech that offends.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.
That praises are without reason lavished on the dead, and that the honours due only to are paid to antiquity, is a complaint likely to be always continued by those who, being able to add nothing to truth, hope for eminence from the heresies of paradox; or those who, being forced by disappointment upon consolatory expedients, are willing to hope from posterity what the present age refuses, and flatter themselves that the regard which is yet denied by envy will be at last bestowed by time.
—  Ben Jonson
Now this principle of induction cannot be a purely logical truth like a tautology or an analytic statement.
No man's faith, no man's religion, no religion in all the world can ever rise above the truth.
It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
War will stop when we no longer praise it, or give it any attention at all. Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited. Love will overflow every sanctuary given it. Truth will grow where the fertilizer that nourishes it is also truth.
Only with a true friend's input can we hope to see our world clearly, for our own perception always seems the truth.
We have exchanged the Washingtonian dignity for the Jeffersonian simplicity, which was in truth only another name for the Jacksonian vulgarity.
If you tell the truth, you have infinite power supporting you; but if not, you have infinite power against you.
ACKNOWLEDGE, v.t. To confess. Acknowledgment of one another's faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.
For truth has such a face and such a mien As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.
Suppose Christianity is not a religion but a way of life, a falling in love with God, and, through Him, a falling in love with our fellows. Of course, such a way is hard and costly, but it is also joyous and rewarding even in the here-and-now. People who follow that Way know beyond all possible argument that they are in harmony with the purpose of God, that Christ is with them and in them as they set about His work in our disordered world. If anyone thinks this is perilous and revolutionary teaching, so much the better. That is exactly what they thought of the teaching of Jesus Christ. The light He brought to bear upon human affairs is almost unbearably brilliant: but it is the light of Truth, and in that light human problems can be solved.
Truth, for its own sake, had never been a virtue with the Roman clergy.
Matilda told such dreadful lies, It made one gasp and stretch one's eyes; Her aunt, who, from her earliest youth, Had kept a strict regard for truth, Attempted to believe Matilda: The effort very nearly killed her.
Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
—  Andre Gide
Among the calamities of war may be numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages.
A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth.
We have done with Hope and Honour. we are lost to Love and Truth, We are dropping down the ladder rung by rung; And the measure of our torment is the measure of our youth. God help us, for we knew the worst too young!
Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.
Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation.
The mathematician is fascinated with the marvelous beauty of the forms he constructs, and in their beauty he finds everlasting truth.
What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth.
A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
—  Mark Twain
The great advantage of telling the truth is that one is so much more likely to sound convincing
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgement.
Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.
Let us live while we live, and snatch each fleeting moment of truth and love and beauty
To follow truth as blind men long for light, To do my best from dawn of day till night, To keep my heart fit for His holy sight, And answer when He calls. This is my task.
The scientist is a lover of truth for the very love of truth itself, wherever it may lead.
... the citizens are awakening to the truth ... for the first time in American history, government is seen as an enemy rather than a friend.
Serving throughout the world is a great missionary force going about doing good. Missionaries teach truth. They dispel darkness. They spread joy. They bring precious souls to Christ.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in the newspaper.
The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning ... And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.
—  John Adams
By and large, I seem to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know, but have learned thereby to make ever swifter acknowledgment of the errors and thereafter immediately set about to deal more effectively with the truths disclosed by the acknowledgment of erroneous assumptions.
The conqueror and king in each of us is the ... Knower of truth ... Let that Knower awaken in us and drive the horses of the mind, emotions, and physical body on the pathway which that king has chosen.
So absolutely good is truth, truth never hurts The teller.
If you are going to deal in death, you should be willing to see the truth of it, not some glorious lie. If I have a battle with another sword player, it is between the two of us, our business, our truth. But if you run a planet and you get pissed off at somebody the next orbit over, you each might send a million soldiers to recycling plants. A smart rocket can come from a thousand klicks away to kill you; it doesn't care and it won't be in the least upset that it has blasted you to atomic debris. That's the real horror of modern war, that it is impersonal. Being cut with a sword hurts, and if you are close enough to do it, you can't miss the other's pain.
The shortest path between two truths in the real domain passes through the complex domain.
All your problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.
—  Og Mandino
There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.
Free inquiry, if restrained within due bounds, and applied to proper subjects, is a most important privilege of the human mind; and if well conducted, is one of the greatest friends to truth. But when reason knows neither its office nor its limits, and when employed on subjects foreign to its jurisdiction, it then becomes a privilege dangerous to be exercised.
You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
Truth's like a fire, and will burn through and be seen.
I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice.
Without free speech no search for truth is possible; without free speech progress is checked and the nations no longer march forward toward the nobler life which the future holds for man. Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial stays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.
Science is a body of truths which offers clear and certain knowledge about the real world and is therefore superior to tradition, philosophy, religion, dogma, and superstition which offer shadowy knowledge about an ideal world
The joy of suddenly learning a former secret and the joy of suddenly discovering a hitherto unknown truth are the same to me -- both have the flash of enlightenment, the almost incredibly enhanced vision, and the ecstasy and euphoria of released tension.
A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a great truth.
What is REAL? asked the Rabbit one day. Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle? Real isn't how you are made, said the Skin Horse. It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but really loves you, then you become real. Does it hurt? asked the Rabbit. Sometimes, said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. When you are Real you don't mind being hurt. Does it happen all at once like being wound up, he asked, or bit by bit? It doesn't happen all at once, said the Skin Horse. You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints, and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.
The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.
Quoting Oprah Winfrey, TV personality, regarding the women pioneers: I have crossed over on the backs of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman and Fannie Lou Hamer and Madame C.J. Walker. Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit.
Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.
The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.
We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons.
Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
The truth is, we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless.
Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.
I have seldom known anyone who deserted truth in trifles that could be trusted in matters of importance.
I cannot feel good about being a woman unless you feel bad about being a man. I cannot be proud of being black unless you are ashamed of being white. I cannot respect myself for being gay unless you are embarrassed that you are straight. Tolerance has been put by the boards; it is a stale and bitter thing and we will have none of it. Equality, likewise; is condescending at best and in truth intended to demean. If I am to achieve the inner harmony and self-respect that is my due, it will not suffice for you and I to be equals. No! Nothing less than superiority will make me happy. And to ensure that I make my point, I shall commend your libraries to the flames, rewrite your histories, purge your dictionaries, and arm the thought police with power to enforce political correctness in all speech and apprehension.
If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and as continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.
The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.
Speaking of justice: Truth is its handmaid, freedom is its child, peace is its companion, safety walks in its steps, victory follows in its train; it is the brightest emanation from the Gospel; it is the attribute of God.
All great truths are simple in final analysis, and easily understood; if they are not, they are not great truths.
In proportion as we perceive and embrace the truth do we become just, heroic, magnanimous, divine.
Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred.
The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one.
It is one thing to wish to have truth on our side, and another to wish sincerely to be on the side of truth.

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