Quotes about Truth

"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear."

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist.


"Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so."

Mark Twain (born:Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) was an American author and humorist. Twain is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.


"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."

Robert Harold Schuller (born September 16, 1926) is an American televangelist, pastor, and author known around the world through the weekly Hour of Power television broadcast that he founded in 1970.


"It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar."

Jerome Klapka (2 May 1859 – 14 June 1927) was an English writer and humorist.


"Fiction is the truth inside the lie."

Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books.


"Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible."

Francis Bacon (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) as 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.


"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his many epigrams, his plays which are still revived, and the tragedy of his imprisonment and early death.


"He who cannot lie does not know what the truth is."

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) was a 19th-century German philosopher and classical philologist. He wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism.


"Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind."

Austin O'Malley (1858-1932) was a famous US physicist.


"Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold."

Leo Tolstoy (September 9 [O.S. August 28] 1828 – November 20 [O.S. N) was a Russian writer widely regarded as one of the greatest novelists