Opinion is a flitting thing / But Truth outlasts the Sun.

Published: March 28, 2008 at 12:00 am


Opinion is a flitting thing / But Truth outlasts the Sun.

—Emily Dickinson

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

—Josh Billings

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lies comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, around him, and so loses all respect for himself and others.

—Fyodor Doestoyevsky

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

—Robert Louis Stevenson

Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

—Winston Churchill

Telling the truth ... is not solely a matter of moral character; it is also a matter of correct appreciation of real situations and of serious reflection upon them.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.

—Pope Jean Paul

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

                                                                                         —William Penn

One of the chief obstacles to intelligence is credulity, and credulity could be enormously diminished by instructions as to the prevalent forms of mendacity. Credulity is a greater evil in the present day than it ever was before, because, owing to the growth of education, it is much easier than it used to be to spread misinformation, and, owing to democracy, the spread of misinformation is more important than in former times to the holders of power.

–Bertrand Russell

What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.

—Boris Pasternak

In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.

—John Lilly

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.

—Georges Braque

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.


There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.


If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out.

—Rabindranath Tagore

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