Henry David Thoreau:
The lawyer’s truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
Fear grows in darkness; if you think there’s a bogeyman around, turn on the light.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four; calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Alfred North Whitehead:
There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence.
Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.
Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
E. L. Doctorow:
History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
Truth is such a rare thing, it is delighted to tell it.
The truth which has made us free will in the end make us glad also.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
George Bernard Shaw:
New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths.
Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.