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Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, and can only please by its resemblance.

Truth is the object of our understanding, as good is of our will; and the understanding can no more be delighted with a lie than the will can choose an apparent evil.

Truth lies in character. Christ did not simply speak the truth; he was truth; truth, through and through; for truth is a thing not of words, but of life and being.

Truth never dies but lives a wretched life.

Truth, like beauty, varies in its fashions, and is best recommended by different dresses to different minds; and he that recalls the attention of mankind to any part of learning which time has left behind it, may be truly said to advance the literature of his own age.

Truth, whether in or out of fashion, is the measure ef knowledge, and the business of the understanding; whatsoever is beside that, however authorized by consent, or recommended by rarity, is nothing but ignorance, or something worse.

Truths of all others the most awful and interesting are too often considered as so true that they lose all the power of truth, and lie bedridden in the dormitory of the soul, side by side with the most despised and exploded errors.

Ultimately, our troubles are due to dogma and deduction; we find no new truth because we take some venerable but questionable proposition as the indubitable starting point, and never think of putting this assumption itself to a test of observation or experiment.

Unless there is a recovery of the true dualism or, what amounts to the same thing, a reaffirmation of the truths of the inner life in some form - traditional or critical, religious or humanistic - civilization in any sense that has been attached to that term hitherto is threatened at its base.

We call first truths those we discover after all the others.

We find but few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth. It is their common method to take on trust what they distribute to the public; by which means, a falsehood, once received from a famed writer, becomes traditional to posterity.

We must never throw away a bushel of truth because it happens to contain a few grains of chaff; on the contrary, we may sometimes profitably receive a bushel of chaff for the few grains of truth it may contain.

We must not let go manifest truths because we cannot answer all questions about them.

We shall return to proven ways - not because they are old, but because they are true.

What a man sees only in his best moments as truth is truth in all moments.

What a myth never contains is the critical power to separate its truth from its errors.

What I tell you three times is true.

What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice.

Whatever has a mystery thrown round it causes the truth to appear more grand and awful.

When one has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass.


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