Truth on Quotes

Popular Error and Unpopular Truth.” “There was no such thing as new truth. Error might be old or new; but truth was as old as the universe.”

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) African American abolitionist, orator, newspaper publisher, and author

“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.”

— Mosheh ben Maimon (Moses Maimonides) (1138-1204 Rabbi, Physician, Scholar, and Philosopher

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.”

— George Washington (1732-1799) Father of the Country, 1st President of the United States

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

— Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U. S.

“If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, and the people do not become religious, I do not know what is to become of us as a nation. And the thought is one to cause solemn reflection on the part of every patriot and Christian. If truth be not diffused, error will be; if God and his word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy; if the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; if the power of the Gospel is not felt through the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness, will reign without mitigation or end.”

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot

“I would rather speak the truth to ten men than blandishments and lying to a million. Try it, ye who think there is nothing in it! Try what it is to speak with God behind you,-to speak so as to be only the arrow in the bow which the Almighty draws.”

— Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887) Minister, Educator and Anti-slavery Activist

“Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverance for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government.”

— Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th President of the United States

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.”

— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Statesman, Scientist, Inventor, Printer and Philosopher

Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

— Proverbs 23:23 RSV

“The sum of thy word is truth; and every one of thy righteous ordinances endures for ever.”

— Proverbs 119:160 RSV

“so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

— 2 Thessalonians 2:12 RSV

“Put false ways far from me; and graciously teach me thy law! I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I set thy ordinances before me.”

 Psalms 119:29 RSV

“He who speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.”

—  Proverbs 12:17

“There is nothing so powerful as truth.”

— Daniel Webster  

“The futher a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

— George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) The British Novelist & Essayist

“A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.”

— William Blake (1757-1827) English Poet and Artist

“The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves. A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.”

— Donald James Wheal (1931—2008) British Television Writer and Author

“There should be a readiness, on our part, to investigate with candor to follow the truth wherever it may lead us, and to submit, without reserve or objection, to all the teachings of this religion, if it be found to be of divine origin.”

― Simon Greenleaf (1783–1853) Lawyer, Author, and Jurist

“When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.”

— Otto (Eduard Leopold) von Bismarck (1815–1898) 1st Chancellor of the German Empire

“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

— Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British Politician & Leader

“The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.”

— Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) British Poet, and Critic

“For the habitual truth-teller and truth-seeker, indeed, the world has very little liking. He is always unpopular, and not infrequently his unpopularity is so excessive that it endangers his life. Run your eye back over the list of martyrs, lay and clerical: nine-tenths of them, you will find, stood accused of nothing worse than honest efforts to find out and announce the truth. …In no field can he count upon a friendly audience, and freedom from assault. Especially in the United States is his whole enterprise viewed with bilious eye. The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”

— Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist editor & satirist

“What governs men is the fear of truth.”

— Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer, philosopher and poet

“Truth never penetrates an unwilling mind.”

— Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) Argentine born Writer, Poet and Translator

“If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics.”

— Will Rogers (1879-1935) American Actor & Humorist

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”

— Thomas Sowell (1930)  Economist, Political Philosopher, and Author

‘If there be no God, then what is truth but the average of all lies.”

— Robert Brault – Author and Free-Lance Writer

“If God does not exist, then everything is permitted (allowed).”

— Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Russian Novelist & Journalist

“Wisdom is found only in truth.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German Writer and Poet

“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.”

— Herbert Sebastian Agar (1897-1980 American Journalist and Editor

“With knowledge [truth from God] come obligations.”

— Michael A. Shea – Author, Public Speaker on God’s Divine Guidance of American History (American Providentialism)

“Truth is not determined by majority vote.”

— Doug Gwyn

“I have come to ask you to petition the Merciful Heart of Jesus to reveal to all sinners and every nation the truth of the presence of good and evil in their lives. For today, Satan makes good to appear evil and evil to appear good. For this reason self-love has been made into a god. Mankind has been blinded as to Satan’s instruments in his everyday life.”

— Marian Apparition, Midnight Prayer Service at the United Hearts Shrine, Ohio June 18, 2004 – Our Lady of America

“The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.”

— Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894–1963) English Writer

“Hearing the truth is not the same as understanding it. When we hear the truth and apply it to our lives, that is to understand it: which is wisdom. Truth works through wisdom and is inhibited when we lack understanding (and charity). …

There are many times when we know what the truth or the right thing is but don’t act on in accordance with it. Trouble results. We may enter into a “series of unfortunate events.” When the truth has been presented to us but we keep on with whatever wrong or mistake or imperfection we are doing … God sends hints through the words that people speak to us or events in our lives or uneasiness in spirit and often sends and resends, warns and re-warns, in tiny ways, in small ways: then, in larger (and larger) ways. A lack of peace turns into anxiety.

When we’re cognizant of this – when we “get it,” when we have taken the time to carefully note what happens around and in us – hopefully we do something about wrongful habit.

When we don’t, when we don’t see His messages, or choose to ignore … the nudges turn into a push; bigger nudges. Soon there is a shove. A little bit of bad luck becomes a bigger incident of bad luck. A little nudge becomes that push. A warning that was whispered is now said aloud, even shouted.

Bad luck turns into a “misfortune.”

— Michael Brown (1952) Catholic Author and Public Speaker

“We have created an educational system, funded throughout the country by taxpayer dollars, that systematically turns our children away from the truth that makes them free.”

— Alan Keyes (1950) Political Activists, Author, and Presidential Candidate

“It’s not about rights. It’s about redefining truth and censoring all criticism so that militant homosexuals can be comfortable in their ‘lifestyle’ without having to be disturbed by reality.”

— David Kupelian – Journalist and Author (from the book – The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised As Freedom)

“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.”

— Mosheh ben Maimon (Moses Maimonides) (1138-1204 Rabbi, Physician, Scholar, and Philosopher

“We live in an age rather skeptical of truth, of its existence.” There is a “tendency to believe that nothing is definitive, and think that the truth is given by consent or by what we want. The question arises: does “the” truth really exist? What is “the” truth? Can we know it? Can we find it?”

— Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) (1936) 266th Pope of the Catholic Church

“We live in an age where truth really doesn’t matter anymore.”

— William (Bill) James O’Reilly, Jr. (1949) Television Host, Author, and Commentator

“The future is purchased by the present.”

— Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English Author and Journalist

“The scripture notion of truth is not an abstract, static, and timeless formula, but is something that comes true in time as the fulfillment of a divine promise. Truth happens in history.”

— Peter Kreeft (1937) Professor, and Christian Author (book Back to Virtue, pg. 75)

“Today, the challenge facing America is to find freedom’s fulfillment in the truth: the truth that is intrinsic to human life created in God’s image and likeness, the truth that is written on the human heart, the truth that can be known by reason and can therefore form the basis of a profound and universal dialogue among people about the direction they must give to their lives and their activities.

One hundred thirty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln asked whether a nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” could “long endure.” President Lincoln’s question is no less a question for the present generation of Americans. Democracy cannot be sustained without a shared commitment to certain moral truths about the human person and human community.

The basic question before a democratic society is “how ought we to live together?” In seeking an answer to this question, can society exclude moral truth and moral reasoning? Can the Biblical wisdom which played such a formative part in the very founding of your country be excluded from that debate? Would not doing so mean that tens of millions of Americans could no longer offer the contribution of their deepest convictions to the formation of public policy? Surely, it is important for America that the moral truths which make freedom possible should be passed on to each new generation. Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. …

Christ asks us to guard the truth because, as he promised us: “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” Depositum custodi! We must guard the truth that is the condition of authentic freedom, the truth that allows freedoms to be fulfilled in goodness. We must guard the deposit of divine truth handed down to us.”

Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church