An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Duration is not a test of truth or falsehood.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


The criterion of simplicity requires that the minimum number of assumptions be postulated.


Albert Low (American author)


Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it Confucius All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but he who keeps back truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Peace if possible, but truth at any rate.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Superstition, idolatry and hypocrisy have ample wages, but the truth goes begging.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


We do not condemn the preachers as an individual but we condemn what they teach. We urge that the preachers teach the truth, to teach our people the one important guiding rule of conduct -- unity of purpose.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


If the word frankly or sincerely is not uttered in the first ten minutes -- or let us speak openly -- then you are not in the presence of a genuine businessman, and he will certainly go bankrupt.


Francoise Mallet-Joris


Always tell the truth -- it's the easiest thing to remember.


David Mamet (1947-, American playwright)


If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Act for yourself. Face the truth.


Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923, New Zealand-born British author)


I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


We spend all our time looking for some concept of Truth, but Truth is what is left when we drop all concepts.


David Merzel


Truth is not beautiful, neither is ugly. Why should it be either? Truth is Truth.


Owen C. Middleton


The idea that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of those pleasant falsehoods, which most experience refutes. History is teeming with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not put down forever, it may be set back for centuries.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


If I ever said in grief or pride, I tired of honest things, I lied.


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950, American poet)


Truth, that fair goddess who comes always with healing in her wings.


Anne Shannon Monroe


I tell the truth, not as much as I would like to, but as much as I dare. I dare more and more as I grow older.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking.


John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913, American banker, financier, art collector)


Truth and virtue conquer.




Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.


Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965, American journalist, broadcaster)


Truth has divine properties, and the ability to see it is a gift that's given, not acquired.


Katherine Neville


Belief in truth begins with doubting all that has hitherto been believed to true.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Mystical explanations are considered deep. The truth is that they are not even superficial.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The more abstract the truth you want to teach, the more thoroughly you must seduce the senses to accept it.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Truth is a thing immortal and perpetual, and it gives to us a beauty that fades not away in time.


Frank Norris (1870-1902, American novelist)


There is no such thing as a harmless truth.


Gregory Nunn (1955-, American golfer)


Those are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie.


Austin O'Malley


Truth is a rough, honest, helter-skelter terrier, that none like to see brought into their drawing rooms.


Ouida (1838-1908, British writer)


Telling someone the truth is a loving act.


Mal Pancoast


The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.


Mal Pancoast


Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


There is in the end no remedy but truth. It is the one course that cannot be evil.


Ellis Peters


Truth, like the burgeoning of a bulb under the soil, however deeply sown, will make its way to the light.


Ellis Peters


I pray without ceasing now. My personal prayer is: Make me an instrument which only truth can speak.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Truth is the pearl without price.... Those who have the truth would not be packaging it and selling it, so anyone who is selling it, really does not possess it.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised; and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed.


Pindar (BC 518?-18438, Greek poet)


It is always good policy to tell the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar. It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth. and so it goes away. Puzzling.


Robert M. Pirsig (1928-, American author)


The solutions all are simple -- after you have arrived at them. But they're simple only when you know already what they are.


Robert M. Pirsig (1928-, American author)


The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth,  and it goes away. Puzzling.


Robert M. Pirsig (1928-, American author)


A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.


Max Planck (1858-1947, German theoretical physicist)


They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Truth is its own reward.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth.


George D. Prentice (American editor)


I am always going to be true to myself.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


If the rabbit is your enemy, admit that he can sprint fast.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Think of the going out before you enter.


Arabic Proverb


Even if the truth is buried for centuries, it will eventually come out and thrive.


Burmese Proverb


A hundred no's are less agonizing than one insincere yes.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Better suffer for the truth than prosper in a falsehood.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Truth must be seasoned to make it palatable.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


The truth is lost when there is too much debating.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


An old lie is often more popular than a new truth.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Truth that is poorly timed is as bad as a lie.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


A truth spoken before its time is dangerous.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Truth often comes out of a joke.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Truth can take you everywhere... including jail!


Polish Proverb (Sayings of Polish origin)


Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.


Slovenian Proverb


It is the truth that irritates a person.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


If you speak the truth, have a foot in the stirrup.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


A half truth is a whole lie.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


A lion doesn't fear a fly.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


If you tell the truth, you don't have to swear.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Truth is the safest lie.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Truth is the safest lie.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


The truth only irritates those it enlightens, but does not convert.


Pasquier Quesnel (1634-1719, French Jansenist theologian)


You'll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said.


Sam Rayburn (1882-1961, American representative)


Truth makes many appeals, not the least of which is its power to shock.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


Truth is reality.


Mary Caroline Richards


Truth can be a dangerous thing. It is quite patient and relentless.


Scott R. Richards


True, what you sacrifice for the world is but poorly recognized by it; for it is man that rules and reaps the harvest; the thousand night watches and sacrifices by which a mother secures the state, a hero or a poet are forgotten, not even mentioned, for the mother herself does not mention them, and so one century after another do the wives, unknown and unrewarded, send forth the arrows, the starts, the storm-birds and the nightingales of time.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true.


Robert J. Ringer (American writer)


If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


Are you going out after the truth, or are you going out after something you believe?


Richard D. Rosen


Truth is always served by great minds, even if they fight it.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.


Leo C. Rosten (1908-1997, Polish-born American political scientist)


Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Let the trumpet of the day of judgment sound when it will, I shall appear with this book in my hand before the Sovereign Judge, and cry with a loud voice, This is my work, there were my thoughts, and thus was I. I have freely told both the good and the bad, have hid nothing wicked, added nothing good.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


There is no power on earth more formidable than the truth.


Margaret Lee Runbeck


The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.


Utterly Russell


Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.


George Sand (1804-1876, French novelist)


The basic truth of all things, as nearly as we may ever dream of determining and knowing this truth, is form, that which is, as it is. The way and shape of the thing no less than the thing itself.


William Saroyan (1908-1981, American writer, novelist, playwright)


Life's experiences are intended to make you eventually face yourself. Face reality!


Harold Sherman


The knowledge of truth, combined with the proper regard for it and it's faithful observance, constitutes true education.


Joseph F. Smith


The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Truth lives on in the midst of deception.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self evident.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


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