Words about Truth

Truths everywhere are compatible; no truth clashes with any other truth. They are all the inhabitants of the same mansion and the stars of the same constellation. One truth in one corner of the world has to be harmonious and compatible with all truths elsewhere, or else it is not a truth. - Abdolrakim Soroush, Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam, p. 21 quoted in Peter D. Schmid, "Expect the Unexpected: A Religious Democracy in Iran," The Brown Journal of World Affairs, IX:2, p.181

We should not be ashamed to acknowledge truth from whatever source it comes to us, even if it is brought to us by former generations and foreign peoples. For him who seeks the truth there is nothing of higher value than truth itself. - al-Kindi (c. 801-66) Islamic philosopher. Quoted in Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples, p. 76.

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion. -- Francis Bacon

What is truth ? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. - Francis Bacon

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. -- Francis Bacon

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. -- Andre Gide

Truth springs from argument amongst friends. -- David Hume

It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him. -- Max Plank

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. -- Josh Billings, 1869. Quoted in Robert Byrne, The Third 637 best things anybody ever said.

All truth, no matter by whom it is uttered, comes from the Holy Spirit. - St. Ambrose of Milan, quoted in Theology and Science, April 2003, p. 7

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. - Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Whoever tells the truth is chased out of nine villages. - Turkish Proverb

Tell the truth and run. - Yugoslav Proverb

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. -- George Orwell

The honest man must be a perpetual renegade. - Charles Peguay

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
- P. Picasso

The reason why the souls exhibit this exceeding eagerness to behold the plain of truth is that pasturage is found there, which is suited to the highest part of the soul; and the wing on which the soul soars is nourished with this. -- Plato

Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet 'tis truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold
And upon the throne be wrong,
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
Keeping watch above his own.

- James Russell Lowell

Last modified 8/19/07; posted 6/5/03, original content © 2007, 2003 John P. Nordin