Quotes about Truth

"Truth is not determined by a majority vote."

Pope Benedict XVI (-)


"Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin."

Barbara Kingsolver (born April 8, 1955) is an American novelist, essayist, and poet.


"There is a great deal of hard lying in the world; especially among people whose characters are above suspicion."

Benjamin Jowett (15 April 1817 – 1 October 1893)) was an English scholar, classicist and theologian. Noted as one of the greatest British educators of the 19th century, he was renowned for his translations of Plato and as an outstanding and influential tutor.


"Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth."

Benjamin Disraeli (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was the country's first and thus far only Prime Minister who was born Jewish.


"No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar."

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union, ending slavery, and rededicating the nation to nationalism, equal rights, liberty and democracy.


"When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness."

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, historian, and tireless critic of Communist totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system.


"Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed."

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a student of American English. Mencken, known as the "Sage of Baltimore", is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the 20th century.


"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."

Mal Pancoast (-)


"As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand."

Josh Billings (20 April 1818 – 14 October 1885) was the pen name of humorist born Henry Wheeler Shaw. He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the second half of the 19th century after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not fared so well with later generations.


"All truth is not to be told at all times."

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.