Truth Quotes

Say what you have to say, not what you ought

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
spool of thread wth pins

No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well. For the most part, we are not where we are, but in a false position. Through an infirmity of our natures, we suppose a case, and put…

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A truth can only be expressed and enveloped in words if it is one-sided

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
light and dark forest

Everything that is thought and expressed in words is one-sided, only half the truth; it all lacks totality, completeness, unity. When the Illustrious Buddha taught about the world, he had to divide it into Samsara and Nirvana, into illusion and…

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“Authenticity” still remains the word most likely to stir a debate

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
reading House of Leaves

In fact, this leading obsession – to validate or invalidate the reels and tapes – invariably brings up a collateral and more general concern: whether or not, with the advent of digital technology, image has forsaken its once unimpeachable…

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Truth can be arrived at only through the untrammeled contest among differing opinions

Sunday, January 10th, 2010
people in the light

And even when falsehood thinks it has overpowered truth, truth will gather new strength and cast off falsehood.

Truth has great power; yet it is also extremely elusive. No single person, no body of opinion, no political doctrine, no…

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The truth is the thing I invented so I could live

Monday, December 28th, 2009

There was a noise behind me. A creak. This time I didn’t turn. I squeezed my eyes shut. Isaac, I whispered. The sound of my own voice frightened me, but I didn’t stop. I want to tell you – and then I broke off. What do I want to…

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak. Should he turn his spring into summer? If the condition of things which we…

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The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
country road

I’ve wondered why it took us so long to catch on. We saw it and yet we didn’t see it. Or rather we were trained not to see it. Conned, perhaps, into thinking that the real action was metropolitan and all this was just…

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I looked up truth the other day also. The word has a lot to do with seeing clearly, and with things that are honest and beautiful.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Perhaps I should change my name to Ruth Truth. The combination of pity and compassion with honesty and beauty would be a real knockout. People might not see me come into a room but they’d feel like…

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People find it easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
light through clouds

“And what about Percy?” asked Harry; the third-eldest Weasley brother had fallen out of favor with the rest of the family. “Is he talking to your mum and dad again?”

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It’s our task to seek out something with truth for us

Monday, July 6th, 2009
fern and cement

We’re only passers-by, and all you can do is love what you have in your life. A person has to fight the meanness that sometimes comes with you when you’re born, sometimes grows if you aren’t in lucky surroundings…

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Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
maze on a beach

All too easily does self-criticism poison one’s naivete, that priceless possession, or rather gift which no creative man can be without. At any rate, philosophical criticism has helped me to see that every psychology – my own included…

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth

Sunday, April 26th, 2009
towering tree

The style, the house and grounds and “entertainment,” pass for nothing with me. I called on the king, but he made me wait in his hall, and conducted like a man incapacitated for hospitality. There was a man in my neighborhood who lived in a hollow tree. His manners were truly regal. I should have…

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