Truth Quotes

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Truth Quotes

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Mark Twain

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

George Carlin

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”

Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

Mark Twain

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

Mark Twain

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”

George Orwell, 1984

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

Joe Klaas, Twelve Steps to Happiness

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays, Vol. II: 1926-1929

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

George Orwell

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

Oscar Wilde

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”


“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

Oscar Wilde

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”

S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

Flannery O'Connor

“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.”

Stephanie Klein, Straight Up and Dirty

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

Pablo Picasso

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

Ernest Hemingway

“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”

John Lennon

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”

Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

Ernest Hemingway

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

George Bernard Shaw

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

Virginia Woolf

“The past has no power over the present moment.”

Eckhart Tolle

“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”

François de La Rochefoucauld

“Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.”

Robert Orben

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”

Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”

Edward Abbey

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”

David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“The only truth is music.”

Jack Kerouac

“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”

George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

George Washington

“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”

Tim O'Brien

“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand”

Hayley Williams

“It is difficult, when faced with a situation you cannot control, to admit you can do nothing.”

Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.”

George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

“The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.”

Nadine Gordimer

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”

Oscar Wilde

“Men may be stronger, but it is women who endure.”

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

“Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.”

Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

“Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.”

T.S. Eliot

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”

Walt Whitman

“Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will”

John Green, Paper Towns

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

Wallace Stevens

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

Maya Angelou

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Life’s as kind as you let it be.”

Charles Bukowski, Hot Water Music

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”

Jessamyn West

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

“The most common form of despair is not being who you are.”

Søren Kierkegaard

“Love truth, but pardon error.”


“I envy people that know love. That have someone who takes them as they are.”

Jess C Scott, The Devilin Fey

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”

Gautama Buddha

“Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).”

Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

“If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.”

Terry Goodkind

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”

George Orwell, In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950

“There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“Facts are like cows. If you look them in the face long enough, they generally run away.”

Dorothy L. Sayers

“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.”

Andre Gide

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”

Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

James Joyce, Ulysses

“The truth doesn’t always set you free; people prefer to believe prettier, neatley wrapped lies”

Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith

“Wanting to be liked can get in the way of truth.”

Delia Ephron, Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement”

Jess C Scott

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”

Walter Scott, Marmion

“I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.”

Georges Bataille, Violent Silence: Celebrating Georges Bataille

“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”

Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”

Leo Tolstoy

“A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.”

Charlie Chaplin

“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.”

Hunter S. Thompson

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

Henry David Thoreau

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

William Wilberforce

“I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?”

Jess C. Scott, Wicked Lovely

“How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.”

June Ahern

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.”

Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

“Nothing is ever certain.”

Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

“What’s done cannot be undone.”

William Shakespeare , Macbeth

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

A.W. Tozer

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.”

Jason Mraz

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”


“Every person must choose how much truth he can stand.”

Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept

“The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it.”

Ayn Rand

“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”


“Nothing is real.”

John Lennon, Beatles Lyrics

“Does truth have a moral?”

Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”

Niels Bohr

“Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.”

Jean Paul Sarte

“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.”

Soren Kierkegaard, The Journals of Kierkegaard

“There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Trust starts with truth and ends with truth.”

Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

“Stop doing what is easy. Start doing what is right.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.”

Elvis Presley

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”

Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

“This above all: to thine own self be true.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.”


“We don’t get to chose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it.”

Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness

“Truth is on the side of the oppressed.”

Malcolm X

“I guess sometimes you have to lie to find the truth.”

Scott Westerfield, Extras

“Stop doing what is easy or popular. Start doing what is right.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“I will no longer mutilate and destroy myself in order to find a secret behind the ruins.”

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

“You should not honor men more than truth.”


“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.”

Michael Jackson

“It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom

“Honest is how I want to look. The truth doesn’t glitter and shine.”

Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

“What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.”

Hellen Keller

“Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.”

Harold Pinter, Old Times

“Sometimes what we want isn’t what we need.”

Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”

Arthur Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity

“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.”

Joss Whedon

“When no one you know tells the truth, you learn to see under the surface.”

Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight

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