Quotes about Truth

"Truth or tact ? You have to choose. Most times they are not compatible."

Eddie Cantor (January 31, 1892 – October 10, 1964) was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and songwriter.


"Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."

Walter Inglis Anderson (September 29, 1903 – November 30, 1965) was an American painter, writer, and naturalist.


"The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies."

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount Saint Alban (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist and author. He famously died of pneumonia contracted while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.


"Only a fool can tell the truth, but it requires a person of some sense to know how to lie well."

Samuel Butler (Dec. 4, 1835, Nottinghamshire - June 18, 1902, London) British novelist, essayist, and critic. Descended from distinguished clergymen, he grappled for many years with Christianity and evolution, first embracing, then rejecting, Charles Darwin's theories in his writings.


"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get his paints on."

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (WWII). He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister twice (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer, and an artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.


"Believe those who are seeking the truth, doubt those who find it."

André Paul Guillaume Gide (22 November 1869 – 19 February 1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947.


"Thuth is beautifel, without a doubt. But so are lies."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.


"Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, and science. His magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.


"Truth is not determined by majority of vote."

Doug Gwyn (-)


"There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it."

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a medical doctor. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism.