| Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.|
Amos Bronson AlcottConcord Days. June. Goethe.
| But no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.|
BaconEssays. Of Truth.
|How sweet the words of Truth, breathd from the lips of Love.|
BeattieThe Minstrel. Bk. II. St. 53.
| To say the truth, though I say t that should not say t.|
Beaumont and FletcherWit at Several Weapons. Act II.
|La vérité na point cet air impétueux.|
Truth has not such an urgent air.
BoileauLArt Poétique. I. 198.
| Le vrai peut quelquefois nêtre pas vraisemblable.|
At times truth may not seem probable.
BoileauLArt Poétique. III. 48.
|Think truly, and thy thoughts|
Shall the worlds famine feed.
Speak truly, and each word of thine
Shall be a fruitful seed.
Live truly, and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed.
Horatius BonarHymns of Faith and Hope. P. 113. (Ed. 1867).
|Magna est veritas et prævalebit.|
Truth is mighty and will prevail.
Thomas Brooks is said to have been the first to use the expression. (1662). Found in ScottTalisman. Ch. XIX. Bishop Jewel. PurchasMicrocosmus. ThackerayRoundabout Papers. O magna vis veritas. Found in CiceroOratio Pro Clio Rufo. XXVI.
|Se non è vero, è molto ben trovato.|
If it is not true it is very well invented.
Giordano BrunoDegli Eroici Furori. Cardinal dEste. Of Ariostos Orlando Furioso.
|Truth crushed to earth shall rise again:|
Th eternal years of God are hers;
But Error, wounded, writhes in pain,
And dies among his worshippers.
BryantThe Battle Field. St. 9.
| Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one track of lightevery eye looking on finds its own.|
Bulwer-LyttonCaxtoniana. Essay XIV.
|Arm thyself for the truth!|
Bulwer-LyttonLady of Lyons. Act V. Sc. 1.
|Better be cheated to the last,|
Than lose the blessed hope of truth.
Mrs. Butler (Fanny Kemble).
|For truth is precious and divine;|
Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. L. 257.
|Tis not antiquity, nor author,|
That makes truth truth, altho times daughter.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III.
|More proselytes and converts use t accrue|
To false persuasions than the right and true;
For error and mistake are infinite,
But truth has but one way to be i th right.
ButlerMiscellaneous Thoughts. L. 113.
|No words suffice the secret soul to show,|
For Truth denies all eloquence to Woe.
ByronCorsair. Canto III. St. 22.
|Tis strangebut true; for truth is always strange,|
Stranger than fiction.
ByronDon Juan. Canto XIV. St. 101.
| A man protesting against error is on the way towards uniting himself with all men that believe in truth.|
CarlyleHeroes and Hero Worship. IV.
| Truths turn into dogmas the moment they are disputed.|
G. K. ChestertonHeretics.
|When fiction rises pleasing to the eye,|
Men will believe, because they love the lie;
But truth herself, if clouded with a frown,
Must have some solemn proof to pass her down.
ChurchillEpistle to Hogarth. L. 291.
| Qui semel a veritate deflexit, hic non majore religione ad perjurium quam ad mendacium perduci consuevit.|
He who has once deviated from the truth, usually commits perjury with as little scruple as he would tell a lie.
CiceroOratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comdo. XX.
| Natura inest mentibus nostris insatiabilis quædam cupiditas veri videndi.|
Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.
CiceroTusculanarum Disputationum. I. 18.
|Tell the truth or trumpbut get the trick.|
S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain)Puddnhead Wilson.
|For truth is unwelcome, however divine.|
CowperThe Flatting Mill. St. 6.
|But what is truth? Twas Pilates question put|
To Truth itself, that deignd him no reply.
CowperThe Task. Bk. III. L. 270.
| Nature * * * has buried truth deep in the bottom of the sea.|
Democritus. Quoted by CiceroAcademic Questions. Bk. II. Ch. X. C. D. Yonges trans. Credited to Democritus by LactantiusInstitutiones. Bk. III. Ch. XXVIII.
| It was as true, said Mr. Barkis,
as taxes is. And nothings truer than them.|
DickensDavid Copperfield. Ch. XXI.
|The first great work (a task performed by few)|
Is that yourself may to yourself be true.
Wentworth DillonAn Essay on Translated Verse. L. 71.
|For truth has such a face and such a mien,|
As to be lovd needs only to be seen.
DrydenThe Hind and the Panther. Pt. I. L. 33.
|Truth is immortal; error is mortal.|
Mary B. G. EddyScience and Health. Ch. XIV.
|Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.|
George EliotArmgart. Sc. 2.
|The greater the truth the greater the libel.|
Attributed to Lord Ellenborough. (About 1789). Burns credits it to Lord Mansfield.
| The nobler the truth or sentiment, the less imports the question of authorship.|
EmersonLetters and Social Aims. Quotation and Originality.
|Though love repine and reason chafe,|
There came a voice without reply,
Tis mans perdition to be safe,
When for the truth he ought to die.
I am conquered by truth.
| But above all things truth beareth away the victory.|
I Esdras. III. 12. Inscription on the New York Public Library.
|Great is truth, and mighty above all things.|
I Esdras. IV. 41.
| Si je tenais toutes les vérités dans ma main, je me donnerais bien de garde de louvrir aux hommes.|
If I held all of truth in my hand I would beware of opening it to men.
| Truth only smells sweet forever, and illusions, however innocent, are deadly as the canker worm.|
FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Calvinism.
|Lest men suspect your tale untrue,|
Keep probability in view.
GayThe Painter who Pleased Nobody and Everybody.
| Alius quidam veterum ptarum cuius nomen mihi nunc memoriæ non est veritatem temporis filiam esse dixit.|
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said Truth is the daughter of Time.
Aulus GelliusNoctes Atticæ. XII. 11. Par. 2. Veritas temporis filia. Found on the reverse of several coins of Queen Mary I.
| Her terrible tale|
You cant assail,
With truth it quite agrees;
Her taste exact
For faultless fact
Amounts to a disease.
W. S. GilbertMikado. Act II.
| Truth like a torch, the more tis shook, it shines.|
Sir William HamiltonDiscussions on Philosophy. Title Page.
| One truth discovered is immortal, and entitles its author to be so: for, like a new substance in nature, it cannot be destroyed.|
HazlittThe Spirit of the Age. Jeremy Bentham.
|All truths are not to be told.|
|Dare to be true, nothing can need a lie;|
A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.
HerbertThe Temple. The Church Porch.
| Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a foot-ball, and it will be round and full at evening.|
HolmesProfessor at the Breakfast Table. V.
|Nuda veritas. (Nudaque veritas.)|
The naked truth.
HoraceCarmina. I. 24. 7.
| Quid verum atque decens curo et rogo, et omnis in hoc sum.|
My cares and my inquiries are for decency and truth, and in this I am wholly occupied.
HoraceEpistles. I. 1. 11.
|Ridentem dicere verum,|
What forbids a man to speak the truth in a laughing way?
HoraceSatires. I. 24.
|The truth shall make you free.|
John. VIII. 32.
|There is no truth in him.|
John. VIII. 44.
| Le contraire des bruits qui courent des affaires ou des personnes est souvent la vérité.|
The opposite of what is noised about concerning men and things is often the truth.
La BruyèreLes Caractères. XII.
| La vérité ne fait pas tant de bien dans le monde, que ses apparences y font de mal.|
Truth does not do so much good in the world, as the appearance of it does evil.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 59.
| Veritatem laborare nimis sæpe, aiunt, extingui nunquam.|
It is said that truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished.
LivyAnnales. XXII. 39.
| The best way to come to truth being to examine things as really they are, and not to conclude they are, as we fancy of ourselves, or have been taught by others to imagine.|
LockeHuman Understanding. Bk. II. Ch. XII.
| To love truth for truths sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues.|
LockeLetter to Anthony Collins, Esq. Oct. 29, 1703.
|When by night the frogs are croaking, kindle but a torchs fire;|
Ha! how soon they all are silent! Thus Truth silences the liar.
Friedrich von Logau. See Longfellows trans. Poetic Aphorisms. Truth.
| Who dares|
To say that he alone has found the truth?
LongfellowChristus. Pt. III. John Endicott. Act II. Sc. 3.
|Get but the truth once uttered, and tis like|
A star new-born that drops into its place
And which, once circling in its placid round,
Not all the tumult of the earth can shake.
LowellA Glance Behind the Curtain. L. 173.
|Put golden padlocks on Truths lips, be callous as ye will,|
From soul to soul, oer all the world, leaps one electric thrill.
LowellOn the Capture of Certain Fugitive Slaves near Washington.
|Then to side with Truth is noble when we share her wretched crust,|
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside,
Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is crucified.
LowellThe Present Crisis.
|Truth forever on the scaffold. Wrong forever on the throne.|
LowellThe Present Crisis.
|Children and fooles speake true.|
| But there is no veil like lightno adamantine armor against hurt like the truth.|
George MacDonaldThe Marquis of Lossie. Ch. LXXI.
|Veritatis absolutus sermo ac semper est simplex.|
The language of truth is unadorned and always simple.
Ammianus MarcellinusAnnales. XIV. 10.
|Pericula veritati sæpe contigua.|
Truth is often attended with danger.
Ammianus MarcellinusAnnales. XXVI. 1.
|Truth, when not sought after, sometimes comes to light.|
MenanderEx Verberata. P. 160.
|Not a truth has to art or to science been given,|
But brows have ached for it, and souls toild and striven;
And many have striven, and many have faild,
And many died, slain by the truth they assaild.
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)Lucile. Pt. II. Canto VI. St. 1.
| Who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?|
| Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.|
MiltonDoctrine and Discipline of Divorce.
|Evn them who kept thy truth so pure of old,|
When all our fathers worshippd stocks and stones,
MiltonSonnet. Massacre in Piedmont.
| I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more as I grow older.|
MontaigneEssays. Of Repentance.
|For oh, twas nuts to the Father of Lies,|
(As this wily fiend is named in the Bible)
To find it settled by Laws so wise
That the greater the truth, the worse the libel.
MooreA Case of Libel. Odes on Cash, Corn, etc.
| I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.|
Isaac NewtonStatement. In BrewsterMemoirs. Vol. II. Ch. XXVII. As children gathering pebbles on the shore. MiltonParadise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 330.
| In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.|
NietzscheThus spake Zarathustra.
|We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.|
PascalThoughts. Ch. X. 1.
|Naked Truth needs no shift.|
William PennTale of a Broadside. (1674).
|Ego verum amo, verum volo mihi dici; mendacem odi.|
I love truth and wish to have it always spoken to me: I hate a liar.
PlautusMostellaria. I. 3. 26.
|When truth or virtue an affront endures,|
Th affront is mine, my friend, and should be yours.
PopeEpilogue to Satires. Dialogue I. L. 207.
|Tis not enough your counsel still be true;|
Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
PopeEssay on Criticism. Pt. III. L. 13.
|Farewell then, verse, and love, and evry toy,|
The rhymes and rattles of the man or boy;
What right, what true, what fit we justly call,
Let this be all my carefor this is all.
PopeFirst Book of Horace. Ep. I. L. 17.
| Dum omnia quærimus, aliquando ad verum, ubi minime expectavimus, pervenimus.|
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
QuintilianDe Institutione Oratoria. XII. 8. 3.
| Let us seek the solution of these doubts at the bottom of the inexhaustible well, where Heraclitus says that truth is hidden.|
RabelaisPantagruel. Ch. XVIII.
|Die Treue warnt vor drohenden Verbrechen,|
Die Rachgier spricht von den begangenen.
Truth warns of threatening crimes,
Malice speaks of those which were committed.
SchillerDon Carlos. III. 4. 124.
|Involuta veritas in alto latet.|
Truth lies wrapped up and hidden in the depths.
SenecaDe Beneficiis. VII. 1.
|Veritatem dies aperit.|
Time discovers truth.
SenecaDe Ira. II. 22.
|Veritatis simplex oratio est.|
The language of truth is simple.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. XLIX.
|Veritas odit moras.|
Truth hates delays.
|That truth should be silent I had almost forgot.|
Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 110.
| To thine own self be true,|
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 78.
|If circumstances lead me, I will find|
Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed
Within the centre.
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 157.
|Mark now, how a plain tale shall put you down.|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 281.
| Tell truth and shame the devil.|
If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,
And Ill be sworn I have power to shame him hence.
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 59.
|What, can the devil speak true?|
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 107.
| But tis strange:|
And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betrays
In deepest consequence.
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 122.
| Truth is truth|
To the end of reckoning.
Measure for Measure. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 45.
|But wonder on, till truth make all things plain.|
Midsummer Nights Dream. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 129.
| They breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.|
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 8.
|Methinks the truth should live from age to age,|
As twere retaild to all posterity,
Even to the general all-ending day.
Richard III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 76.
|My mans as true as steel.|
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 209. Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 166.
|And simple truth miscalld simplicity,|
And captive good attending captain ill.
|Truth needs no colour, with his colour fixd;|
Beauty no pencil, beautys truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermixd.
|When my love swears that she is made of truth,|
I do believe her, though I know she lies.
|All great truths begin as blasphemies.|
| My way of joking is to tell the truth. Its the funniest joke in the world.|
Bernard ShawJohn Bulls Other Island. Act II.
| Truth and, by consequence, liberty, will always be the chief power of honest men.|
Madame de StaëlCoppet et Weimar. Letter to Gen. Moreau.
|Tell truth, and shame the devil.|
SwiftMary, the Cookmaids Letter. RabelaisWorks. Authors Prologue to Bk. V. Beaumont and FletcherWit Without Money. Act IV. Sc. 1. Henry IV. Pt. I. Sc. 1. L. 59.
| Veritas visu et mora, falsa festinatione et incertis valescunt.|
Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay: falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
TacitusAnnales. II. 39.
|Truth-teller was our Englands Alfred named?|
TennysonOde on the Death of the Duke of Wellington.
|And friendly free discussion calling forth|
From the fair jewel Truth its latent ray.
ThomsonLiberty. Pt. II. L. 220.
| It takes two to speak the truthone to speak, and another to hear.|
ThoreauA Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. P. 283.
| There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.|
VoltaireLetter to Cardinal de Bernis. April 23, 1761.
| There is nothing so powerful as truth; and often nothing so strange.|
Daniel WebsterArguments on the Murder of Captain White. Vol. VI. P. 68.
| I have ever thought,|
Nature doth nothing so great for great men,
As when shes pleasd to make them lords of truth.
Integrity of life is fames best friend,
Which nobly, beyond death, shall crown the end.
John WebsterThe Duchess of Malfi. Act V. Sc. 5.
| It is one thing to wish to have truth on our side, and another to wish sincerely to be on the side of truth.|
Archbishop WhateleyEssay on some of the Difficulties in the Writings of the Apostle Paul.No. 1. On the Love of Truth.
|The sages say, Dame Truth delights to dwell|
(Strange Mansion!) in the bottom of a well:
Questions are then the Windlass and the rope
That pull the grave old Gentlewoman up.
John Wolcot (Peter Pindar)Birthday Ode.
| Truths that wake|
To perish never.
WordsworthOde. Intimations of Immortality. St. 9.
|Truth never was indebted to a lie.|
YoungNight Thoughts. Night VIII. L. 587.