The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their true names.
We should not be ashamed to name what God has not been ashamed to create.
Truth means the fulfillment of our self, and the moral law means following the law of our being. Truth is the beginning and end (the substance) of material existence. Without truth there is no material existence. It is for this reason that the moral man values truth.
Truth, in the great practical concerns of life, is so much a question of the reconciling and combining of opposites, that very few have minds sufficiently capacious and impartial to make the adjustment with an approach to correctness.
The brightest flashes in the world of thought are incomplete until they have been proved to have their counterpart in the world of fact.
True opinions can prevail only if the facts to which they refer are known. If they are not known, false ideas are just as effective as true ones, if not a little more effective.
The facts fairly and honestly presented, truth will take care of itself.
Let us define truth as a statement of facts as they are.
Plain and unvarnished are the words of truth.
Facts speak for themselves.
Nothing is safe that does not bear discussion and publicity.
A proverb distills the wisdom of the ages and only a fool is scornful of the commonplace.
The mission of the intellect is to guide mankind over the sea of error to the safe haven of truth.
No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize, that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead.
We must find out truth for ourselves.
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
Truth consists in future serviceableness for our needs. Truth is what works.
as a rule we disbelieve all facts and theories for which we have no use.
One single well-established fact, clearly irreconcilable with a doctrine, is sufficient to prove that it is false.
A thing is not proved because no one has ever questioned it ... Skepticism is the first step toward truth.
A new truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die out, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
Truth does not change because it is, or is not believed by the majority of the people.
Adversity is the first path to truth.
Every definition is dangerous.
Ever will Truth struggle against the desirable.
None love the messenger who brings bad news.
Follow not truth too near the heels, lest it dash out your teeth.
A man that would call everything by its right name would hardly pass in the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy.
And one may say boldly that no man has a right perception of any truth who has not been reacted on by it so as to be ready to be its martyr.
No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.
Seek to know the truth, but above all, love Truth.
It does not require many words to speak the truth.
Confession is the next best thing to innocence.
The intention makes the lie, not the words.
A lie would have no sense unless the truth was felt dangerous.
Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it is outraged by silence.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
The simple act of any ordinary courageous man is not to take part, not to support lies!
Speak the truth and shame the devil.
The great enemy of truth is often not the lie - deliberate, contrived, and dishonest - but the myth -persistent, persuasive, and realistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears.
The history of the race, and each individual's experiences, are thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and a lie told well is immortal.
An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies, and statistics.
When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.
In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
Lies - there you have the religion of slaves and taskmasters. Truth is the god of the free man.
The world wants to be betrayed.
What hope is there when people, even in front of the evidence, turn their head?
Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.
But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind ... a man's true autobiography is almost an impossibility...man is bound to lie about himself.
No one can tell the whole truth about himself. It is not only vanity that has prevented those who have tried to reveal themselves to the world from telling the whole truth, it is the direction of interest; their disappointment with themselves, their surprise that they can do things that seem to them abnormal, make them place too great an emphasis on occurrences that are more common than they suppose.
The easiest person to deceive is one's self.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
You can deceive those better than you but not your peers.
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