Truth (quotes)

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What is truth?

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Truth is that which is in accordance with fact or reality   

  • Truth: That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Oxford Dictionary
  • Reality: 1. The state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them. 2. A thing that is actually experienced or seen.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Fact: A thing that is indisputably the case. Oxford Dictionary
  • The basic idea of the correspondence theory is that what we believe or say is true if it corresponds to the way things actually are – to the facts. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Truth is the end of inquiry. Bierce
  • Truth, in the broadest sense, means being attuned with the real. To be authentically in touch with the true, and the good and the beautiful. Yes? Ken Wilber
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Life is about discovering truths   

  • There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha
  • The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices. Frederick II, the Great
  • The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man. Cicero
  • All things lead us to our innermost truth. That is their purpose. That is the purpose of Life itself. Life is truth, revealing Itself to Itself. Neale Donald Walsch  
  • In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves. Dan Brown
  • All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei  
  • I think a man’s duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life. Plato
  • Don’t go for happiness, go for truth! Charles Tart
  • There is no god higher than truth. Mahatma Gandhi
  • The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. John F. Kennedy
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Seeking the truth brings great rewards

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In the pursuit of truth, we can remain children   

  • The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein
  • I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a child playing on the seashore while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Isaac Newton
  • Nurture your inner child
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Perceiving truths can add immensely to our lives   

  • Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Henry David Thoreau
  • Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations. Criss Jami
  • Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both. Horace Mann
  • In proportion as we perceive and embrace the truth we do become just, heroic, magnanimous, divine. William Lloyd Garrison
  • Truth is complete in itself. Truth has a strong foundation in itself. It is bold, it has no fears. It has no limit of space or time. It is a fearless, free bird in the sky. It does not care for status. It is wealth in itself. Truth stands even when there is no public support. Sivananda
  • What one wishes is to be touched by truth and to be able to interpret that truth. So that one may use what one is feeling and experiencing, be it despair or joy, in a way that will add meaning to ones’ life and will hopefully touch others as well. This is art in its highest form. These moments of enlightenment are what I continue to live for. Michael Jackson.
  • Whenever our life is stirred by truth, it expresses energy and comes to be filled, as it were, with a creative ardor. This consciousness of the creative urge is evidence of the force of truth on our mind.  Rabindranath Tagore
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Seeking and finding the truth can set us free   

  • The truth shall set you free. Bible  
  • Chase after truth like hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails. Clarence Darrow
  • The pursuit of truth shall set you free – even if you never catch up with it. Clarence Darrow
  • The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. Herbert Agar
  • The truth will set you free. But before it does, it might make you angry.  Jerry Joiner
  • The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you. David Foster Wallace
  • The Truth which has made us free will in the end make us glad, also. Felix Adler
  • The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it. George Santayana
  • Conscious awareness is the source of our healing…Only when you say the truth can the truth set you free. This is not a negative process, but at times it is a difficult process. Marianne Williamson
  • The best mind-altering drug is truth. Lily Tomlin
  • The truth will not necessarily set you free, but truthfulness will. Ken Wilber
  • Truth is freedom. Truth requires no belief, no effort. It is what is. Of course, words cannot express this. But truth is freedom. Tom Thompson
  • Freedom
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Truth brings peace …

  • When the realization is deep, your whole being is dancing.  Zen saying
  • Truth brings peace, whereas falsehood brings fear. David R. Hawkins
  • That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility. Rumi
  • Spiritual truth, then, is universally true and without variation through time or place. It always brings peace, harmony, accord, love, compassion, and mercy. Truth can be identified by these qualities. All else is the invention of the ego. David R. Hawkins
  • Truth is like the stars; it does not appear except from behind obscurity of the night. Truth is like all beautiful things in the world; it does not disclose its desirability except to those who first feel the influence of falsehood. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.  Khalil Gibran
  • Truth is the only safe ground to stand on. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Happy are those who have overcome their egos; happy are those who have attained peace; happy are those who have found the Truth. Gautama Buddha
  • Peace is when the heart is no longer in duality, when the struggle within has been resolved…. A voice has been calling out: “What you are looking for is within you. Your truth is within you, your peace is within you… Prem Rawat
  • Inner peace
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…while that which brings fear is never true

  • Freedom of mind is needed for the reception of truth; terror hopelessly kills it. Rabindranath Tagore
  • One basic truth that is of inestimable value and usefulness is the dictum that all fear is fallacious and not based on truth. David R. Hawkins
  • Truth is … a fearless, free bird in the sky. Sivananda
  • Fear
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Truth brings joy

  • In all perception of the truth there is a divine ecstasy, an inexpressible delirium of joy, as when a youth embraces his betrothed virgin. Henry David Thoreau
  • Nothing will satisfy you until you know truth for yourself. Ramakrishna Paramhamsa
  • Joy is the realisation of the truth of oneness, the oneness of our soul with the world and of the world-soul with the supreme lover. Rabindranath Tagore
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Truth brings strength, not weakness

  • And here is the test of truth: anything that makes you weak, physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison, there is no life in it – it cannot be true. Swami Vivekananda
  • Force is based on falsehood; power is based solely on truth. David R. Hawkins
  • Truth is enlightening and invigorating. It is truth alone that gives strength. Truth alone gives life, and nothing but going towards reality will make us strong, and none will reach truth until they are strong. Strength, therefore, is the one thing that we want. Strengthening is the medicine which the poor must have when tyrannised over by the rich. Strength is the medicine that the ignorant must have when oppressed by the learned; and it is the medicine that sinners must have when tyrannised over by other sinners. Swami Vivekananda
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Truth raises our level of consciousness

  • We have only one consciousness stream. When we associate with Truth, we ascend upwards, and when we associate with untruth we fall down.  Tulsi
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Truth alleviates suffering   

  • Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • If one can actually revert to the truth, then a great deal of one’s suffering can be erased– because a great deal of one’s suffering is based on sheer lies. D.Laing
  • It’s good that it hurts. Pain is the signal that you’re confused, that you’re in a lie. Byron Katie
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Finding truth is a journey

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Truth usually comes slowly, bit by bit

  • Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier. Barbara Kingsolver
  • There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.  Anaïs Nin
  • Time discovers truth. Seneca
  • Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. Publius Cornelius Tacitus
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Sometimes it is the quest for truth, not the finding, that is most rewarding   

  • I discovered that searching can be as interesting as finding. Paulo Coelho
  • In the end the great truth will have been learned: that the quest is greater than what is sought, the effort finer than the prize, the victory cheap and hollow were it not for the rigor of the game. Benjamin Cordozo
  • Often the search proves more profitable than the goal. L. Konigsburg  
  • The search for truth is more precious than its possession. Albert Einstein
  • Truth is more in the process than in the result. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.  Arthur Schopenhauer
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To find truth, you must be committed to the quest

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Truth is found by those who do not resist or hide from the truth   

  • The truth knocks on the door and you say ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth.’ So it goes away. Puzzling.  Robert M. Pirsig
  • Truth hurts – not the searching after; the running from! John Eyberg
  • It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear! Anthony de Mello
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Truth is generally found only by those who desire and seek it   

  • Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. Ayn Rand  
  • Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of this world, all things are weighed by the false scale of custom. Lord Byron
  • We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond. Marcel Proust  
  • There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be. Charles Pierce
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To find truth, we need to be committed to searching for it   

  • Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don’t practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us –   and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.  Carl Sagan
  • There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth …not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha
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Unless we love the truth, we cannot find or know it   

  • To love the truth is to refuse to let oneself be saddened by it. André Gide
  • To love truth is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues. John Locke
  • Those who love truth more than life itself turn away from the fleeting things of time with all their souls. To use an expression of Plato— God himself sets their faces in the right direction.  Simone Weil
  • People say they love truth, but in reality, they want to believe that which they love is true. Robert Ringer
  • Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love the truth. Confucius
  • First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. Blaise Pascal
  • Love truth, and pardon error. Voltaire
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The love for truth is surprisingly rare   

  • A lively, disinterested, persistent liking for truth is extraordinarily rare. Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism or doubt. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. Josh Billings
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Find truth by letting go of what you think you know

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In your search for truth, be willing to question conventions and certainties   

  • I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me. Simone de Beauvoir
  • Truth is not defined by how many people believe something. Question. Think.  Decide – for yourself.  Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • Commitment to the truth means a relentless willingness to root out the ways we limit or deceive ourselves from seeing what is, and to continually challenge our theories of why things are the way they are. It means continually broadening our awareness. It also means continually deepening our understanding of the structures underlying current events. Peter Senge
  • Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein
  • We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth. Lucretia Mott
  • Never assume the obvious is true. William Safire
  • If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance. Orville Wright
  • Let us be eager to leave what is familiar for what is true. Fran Chan
  • If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. René Descartes
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In your search for truth, be prepared to lose your illusions   

  • Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. Ludwig Borne
  • Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. William James
  • Official truths are often powerful illusions. John Pilger  
  • If anyone can show me, and convince me, that I have acted or thought in error, I will gladly change; for I seek truth, and no one was ever injured by the truth. But people injure themselves if they live with self- deception and ignorance.  Marcus Aurelius
  • Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable. Albert Camus
  • Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it. George R.R. Martin
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Get rid of all your illusions and truth stands revealed

  • Truth stands forth of its own when the obstacles are removed. David R. Hawkins
  • Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true. Adyashanti
  • Get rid of all of your illusions and what’s left is the truth. You don’t find truth as much as you stumble upon it when you have cast away your illusions. Adyashanti
  • Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender of the mind’s vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth. David R. Hawkins
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In your search for truth, welcome adversity and challenge

  • Adversity is the first path to truth. Lord Byron
  • I was very afraid at the beginning, until Master told me that pain isn’t the truth; it’s what you have to get through in order to find the truth. Deepak Chopra
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Find truth by letting go of the majority view

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Just because the majority believe something does not make it the truth   

  • The truth, of course, is that a billion falsehoods told a billion times by a billion people are still false. Travis Walton
  • Truth has nothing to do with the number of people it convinces. Paul Claudel  
  • The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth. Somerset Maugham
  • The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Utterly Russell
  • It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. Giordano Bruno
  • The truth is not always the same as the majority decision. Pope Jean Paul
  • An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Mahatma Gandhi
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Truth always begins as a minority of one   

  • Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. Mahatma Gandhi  
  • Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent. Will Durant
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All great truths are opposed at first, sometimes violently   

  • Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer
  • The three stages of truth:  Ridicule  2. Violent opposition  3.  Acceptance
  • All great truths begin as blasphemies. George Bernard Shaw
  • It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear! Anthony de Mello
  • The truth will set you free. But before it does, it might make you angry. Jerry Joiner
  • The first reaction to truth is hatred. Tertullian
  • The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. Gloria Steinem
  • All great truths begin as blasphemy. Every single revolutionary idea that has ever been visited upon the human experience began as an idea which was rejected. Neale Donald Walsch
  • All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer
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Revealing truth can be a courageous and revolutionary act

  • During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell
  • The true philosopher is a brave spirit; dauntless to discover, and bold to declare the truth at all hazard. He feels the inner constraint of his messages, and, as a prophet to his day and generation, he must needs speak, though the whole world cry to him, silence. John Grier Hibben
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Find truth through both the mind and the heart

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There is no set path to truth or formula for truth’s discovery   

  • There is no path to truth. Truth must be discovered, but there is no formula for its discovery.  What is formulated is not true.  You must set out on the uncharted sea, and the uncharted sea is yourself.   Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Truth can be found through reason, analysis and doubt…   

  • In seeking truth, you have to get both sides of a story. Walter Cronkite
  • Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either. Aesop
  • Man discovers truth by reason only, not by faith. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
  • By doubting we come at truth. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Belief in the truth commences with the doubting of all those “truths” we once believed. Friedrich Nietzsche
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… but can also be found by the heart …   

  • We arrive at truth, not by reason only, but also by the heart. Pascal
  • We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth. Carl Jung  
  • We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy. Carl Jung
  • Only in the heart can one experience the divine presence of truth.  Kabir
  • The heart
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… and through intuition   

  • Intuition is the innate ability in everyone to perceive truth directly – not by reason, logic, or analysis, but by a simple knowing from within. That is the very meaning of the word “intuition”: to know, or understand from within – from one’s own self, and from the heart of whatever one is trying to understand. Intuition is the inner ability to see behind the outer forms of things to their inner essence. Donald Walters
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Find truth through experience

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The greatest litmus test for truth is personal experience

  • Truth is what stands the test of experience.  Albert Einstein
  • Truth does not need argument, agreement, theories or beliefs. There is only one test for it and that is to ask yourself ‘Is the statement true or false in my experience? Barry Long
  • There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. John Stuart Mill
  • ‘Truth’ signifies direct experience of spiritual Fact, as opposed to second-hand knowledge about Reality, formulated in sentences and accepted on authority. Aldous Huxley
  • A borrowed truth is the greatest lie in the world. Truth can only be true when it is based on your own experience, utterly your own experience. Osho
  • A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary. It is this experience toward which the course is directed.  A Course in Miracles
  • All learning is held as tentative until the innate truth reveals itself and is validated experientially. David R. Hawkins
  • Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience it ourselves.  Swami  Vivekananda
  • Experience is the revealer. Enquire into the nature of experience to find the truth. Rupert Spira
  • Forget your “past experience” and look directly at the experience you are having. Right Here, Right Now. There is your Truth. Neale Donald Walsch
  • If you haven’t experienced it, it’s not true. Kabir
  • Indeed, the saving truth has never been preached by the Buddha, seeing that one has to realize it within oneself.  Sutralamkara
  • Simplicity is one of the earmarks of truth, verified by subjective experience.  David R. Hawkins
  • There is a difference between having ‘heard’ a truth and having discovered it as an inner reality.  David R. Hawkins
  • Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described, and it cannot be explained. I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself.  A Course in Miracles
  • Truth cannot be described, but it can be experienced.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Ultimately, awakening awareness is experiential. Alone, offered ‘truth’ is but more words in a world too cluttered with pretentious words. Experiencing ‘truth’ will affect a permanent change in you.  C.G.’s Zaadz
  • Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred. James Madison
  • You will find you know nothing for sure — you trust on hearsay. To know the truth, you must pass through your own experience. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Experience
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Truth is only valuable when you must see or experience it for yourself   

  • Memorizing someone else’s explanation of the truth isn’t the same as seeing the truth for yourself. It is what it is—the memorization of second-hand knowledge. It is not your experience. It is not your knowledge. And no matter how much material is learned by rote, and no matter how eloquently we can speak about the memorized information, we’re clinging to a description of something that’s not ours. What’s more, the description is never the item itself. By holding onto our impression of certain descriptions, we frequently are unable to see the real thing when it’s right before our eyes. We are conditioned by memorizing and believing concepts—the truth of which we’ve never genuinely seen for ourselves. E. Davey
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Discover truth through experimentation

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Find truth by uncovering what is false

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It is easier to perceive what is untrue than what is true   

  • It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for itJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Perceiving what is untrue can help us determine the truth…   

  • A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. Isaac Asimov  
  • If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue. Antisthenes
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… for truth is found when you wash away all that which is untrue or interferes with the truth   

  • Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy
  • When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbably, must be the truth. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  
  • Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. Mahatma Gandhi  
  • The search for truth is but the honest searching out of everything that interferes with truth. Truth is.  It can neither be lost nor sought nor found.  It is there, wherever you are, being within you.  Yet it can be recognized or unrecognized.  A Course in Miracles
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Errors and mistakes can play an important role in revealing truth

  • Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself. Vilfredo Pareto
  • Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion. Francis Bacon
  • Error is not always the result of a want of education, but often a lack of power to comprehend the truth. James Lendall Basford
  • Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. Jules Verne
  • A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. Isaac Asimov
  • If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out. Rabindranath Tagore
  • It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Find truth through science

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Science provides an excellent way to discover truth …

  • Science is clearly one of the most profound methods that humans have yet devised for discovering truth, while religion remains the single greatest force for generating meaning. Ken Wilber
  • Science seeks the truth. And it does not discriminate. For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence – evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded. It doesn’t get offended when new facts come along. It embraces the body of knowledge. It doesn’t hold onto medieval practices because they are tradition. Ricky Gervais
  • Science is not to be regarded merely as a storehouse of facts to be used for material purposes, but as one of the great human endeavors to be ranked with arts and religion as the guide and expression of man’s fearless quest for truth. Sir Richard Arman Gregory
  • In science it is a service of the highest merit to seek out those fragmentary truths attained by the ancients, and to develop them further. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Science is truth with her wings clipped. Austin O’Malley
  • There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be. Charles Pierce
  • Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths. Oscar Wilde
  • Science is Truth. Don’t be misled by fact. Finagle’s Creed
  • The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist’s discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is based on the observer’s frame of reference, which differs from period to period as a Rembrandt nude differs from a nude by Manet. Arthur Koestler
  • Science actually does have something useful to offer religion: the ability to accept multiple representations of a single truth. In science, the same problem can be solved in different, but complementary, ways. Bernard Haisch
  • Every scientific truth goes through three states: first people say it conflicts with the Bible; next they say it has been discovered before; lastly they say they always believed it. Louis Agassiz
  • Scientific truth is always paradox, if judged by everyday experience, which catches only the delusive appearance of things. Karl Marx
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… through observation…

  • Truth in science is always determined from observational facts. David Douglass
  • When Kepler found his long-cherished belief did not agree with the most precise observation, he accepted the uncomfortable fact. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions; that is the heart of science. Carl Sagan
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… and experimentation…

  • Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. Jules Verne
  • Experimentation
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Science, in its pursuit of truth, has its shortcomings

  • Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship to formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness, the challenge of beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific mastery of nature. Louis Orr
  • Bad science and bad religion simply swap roles, the former proclaiming Truth, the latter worshiping Doubt. Jeffrey Satinover
  • Gervais’s idealised view of science is hopelessly naïve in the context of the history and sociology of science. It portrays scientists as open-minded seekers of truth, not ordinary people competing for funds and prestige, constrained by peer-group pressures and hemmed in by prejudices and taboos. Rupert Sheldrake
  • Science doesn’t purvey absolute truth. Science is a mechanism. It’s a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature. It’s a system for testing your thoughts against the universe and seeing whether they match. Isaac Asimov
  • A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. Max Planck
  • Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20-20 hindsight. It’s good for seeing where you’ve been. It’s good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can’t tell you where you ought to go. Robert M. Pirsig
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Find truth through art

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Great art reveals deep truth…

  • Art is a little subversive, very subversive; it gets underneath the surface and reveals what is there; it is a Geiger counter for truth. Pat B. Allen
  • The works of the great artists are silent books of eternal truths. Stefan Zweig
  • Art still has truth. Take refuge there. Matthew Arnold
  • Great art grabs you, against your will, and then suspends your will. You are ushered into a quiet clearing, free of desire, free of grasping, free of ego, free of the self-contraction. And through that opening or clearing in your own awareness may come flashing higher truths, subtler revelations, profound connections. For a moment you might even touch eternity; who can say otherwise, when time itself is supendend in the clearing that great art creates in your awareness? Ken Wilber
  • If art, all art, is concerned with truth, then a society in denial will not find much in use for it. Jeanette Winterson
  • It is the glory and good of Art, That Art remains the one way possible of speaking truth, to mouths like mine at least. Robert Browning
  • Poetry and art nourish the soul of the world with the flavor-filled substances of beauty, wisdom and truth. Aberjhani
  • The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die. Tho The forms of art reflect the history of man more truthfully than do documents themselves. Theodor W. Adorno
  • Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is. Willa Cather
  • Truth as philosophy is a gas; as art, it is visible steam. Austin O’Malley
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… and compliments nature in doing so

  • Nature has made all her truths independent of one another. Our art makes one dependent on the other. Blaise Pascal
  • Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Whether it is the beautiful that brings to our hearts the love of truth and justice, or whether it is truth that teaches us how to find the beautiful in nature and how to love it, in either case art does a noble work. It drags out the soul from its everyday shell, and brings it under the spell of its own mysterious and wonderful power, so that a memory of this experience stays with the people, sustains them in their daily labors, and refines their minds. Helena Modjeska
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Art reveals truth through illusion …

  • Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Pablo Picasso
  • Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. Samuel Johnson
  • Art-speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day. And that is all that matters. Away with eternal truth. H. Lawrence  
  • The real truthfulness of all works of imagination, sculpture, painting, and written fiction is so purely in the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
  • Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth. Publilius Syrus
  • Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself. Alan Moore, V for Vendetta 
  • Art achieves all little things by absolute truth: but all her great things need some admixture of illusion. Richard Garnett
  • Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth. Theodor W. Adorno
  • It is no wonder if Art frequently prefers Illusion to Truth: for Illusion is her servant, but Truth her mistress. Richard Garnett
  • The ordinary true, or purely real, cannot be the object of the arts. Illusion on a ground of truth, – that is the secret of the fine arts. Joseph Joubert
  • We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. Pablo Picasso
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… and so does fiction   

  • A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth. Diane Setterfield
  • A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written. Tim O’Brien
  • And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid. John Waters
  • Fiction has been maligned for centuries as being “false,” “untrue,” yet good fiction provides more truth about the world, about life, and even about the reader, than can be found in non- fiction. Clark Zlotchew
  • Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t. Mark Twain
  • Fiction is the truth inside the lie. Stephen King
  • Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. Jessamyn West
  • If it’s fiction, then it better be true. Sherman Alexie
  • In the end, fiction is the craft of telling truth through lies. Lauren Groff
  • Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It’s a paradox that’s at the heart of any kind of storytelling. Jeremy Northam
  • That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth. Tim O’Brien
  • The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself. Eleanor Roosevelt
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Science is the truth that lights the way and art is the truth that warms the heart   

  • There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous. Raymond Thornton Chandler
  • Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart. Friedrich von Schiller
  • Science is not to be regarded merely as a storehouse of facts to be used for material purposes, but as one of the great human endeavors to be ranked with arts and religion as the guide and expression of man’s fearless quest for truth. Sir Richard Arman Gregory
  • Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths. Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing. To morals belong the lower and less intellectual spheres. Oscar Wilde
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Art protects us from the truth

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Share your truth through art

  • The greatest art belongs to the world. Do not be intimidated by the experts. Trust your instincts. Do not be afraid to go against what you were taught, or what you were told to see or believe. Every person, every set of eyes, has the right to the truth. Blue Balliett
  • The way to create art is to burn and destroy ordinary concepts and to substitute them with new truths that run down from the top of the head and out of the heart. Charles Bukowski
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Truth in art leads to originality

  • Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. S. Lewis
  • Everybody is original, if he tells the truth, if he speaks from himself. But it must be from his true self and not from the self he thinks he should be. Brenda Ueland
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Find truth through religion and spirituality

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Truth is often spoken of in a spiritual or religious context   

  • This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise. Horace Mann
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All religions contain truths, but none represent the absolute truth   

  • Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths. Muhammad Ali
  • I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world. Mahatma Gandhi
  • The Bible may be the truth but it’s not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Samuel Butler
  • Perhaps not one religion contains all of the truth of the world. Perhaps every religion contains fragments of the truth, and it is our responsibility to identify those fragments and piece them together. Christopher Paolini
  • All faiths constitute a revelation of Truth, but all are imperfect and liable to error. Mahatma Gandhi  
  • If you believe your religion is the Truth, you are using it in the service of the ego. Used in such a way, religion becomes ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well as division and conflict between people. Eckhart Tolle
  • Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world. Ansel Adams
  • It is more and more commonly accepted that all the great religions and spiritual paths contain truths but are not the absolute Truth. To be attached to ownership of one absolute Truth is what causes so much division, contempt and even hatred in the world.   Anthony Lambert
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Spiritual and religious concepts are narratives and metaphors that point to absolute truth

  • Religions and philosophies, where most of us got the low-down on life, insist that we think of them as ultimates, as literal revelation, but their own self-importance blinds them to the possibility that their so-called truths might have been intended to be metaphors. Roger Stephens
  • Narratives can become dogma if believed to be absolute truth. Anthony Lambert
  • No story is the absolute truth, but some stories are clearly better than others, because they give us a deeper understanding of things. Tim Freke
  • Philosophical stories aspire to truth … yet no story can be the truth, because no story can explain away the great mystery of existence. Tim Freke
  • Spiritual and religious concepts are best seen as narratives that do not encapsulate absolute truth but point to it. Anthony Lambert
  • The master gave his teaching in parables and stories, which his disciples listened to with pleasure-and occasional frustration, for they longed for something deeper. The master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story’. Anthony de Mello
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There are many paths to the one truth

  • One truth, many paths. Swami Satchidananda
  • There is no one true religion, each religion has its truths and there are many paths we can choose to take that will lead us to to God. Jack Preston King
  • Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one’s own way to the highest, to one’s own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one’s ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication. Algernon Black
  • Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves. Dan Brown
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In a spiritual sense, ideology and dogma almost always get in the way of truth   

  • He attempted to ensure that no “system of thought” would define him, since he believed that no philosophy can fully express the truth. Written about Osho
  • Dogmas–religious, political, scientific–arise out of erroneous belief that thought can encapsulate reality or truth. Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of “I know.” Eckhart Tolle
  • The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. Pema Chodron
  • Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble. Joseph Campbell
  • A dogma will thrive in soil where the truth could not get root. Lemuel K. Washburn
  • Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth. Kahlil Gibran
  • Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Truth has never been, can never be, contained in any one creed or system. Mary Augusta Ward
  • Every truth in this world stretched beyond its limits will become a false doctrine. P. Yohannan
  • Dogma is often the corruption of someone else’s spiritual experience. Belief systems are often the enemy of the very spiritual truths they supposedly uphold.  Most religious beliefs are not merely the foe of reason, of science.  They are the enemy of God; not the man-made tyrant in the sky, but the very source of life, love, and truth. They are the enemy of spiritual understanding that would otherwise flow through us like the blood that circulates through our veins.   Dogmatic presuppositions, drummed into our heads from infancy are like security blankets that shroud us in relative ignorance, and chain us to our beast-like tendencies.  We are capable of much more.  So much more.  Beau Porden
  • The Buddha spoke gently, “Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, one loses all one’s feedom. When one becomes dogmatic, that person believes his or her doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy.  Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views.  They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war.  Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.  Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open.  Thich Nhat Hanh
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In the pursuit of truth, science and spirituality can be complimentary

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Scientific and spiritual truth can be complementary

  • True science, so far from being an enemy to religious truth, will always stand as the mediator in the ever-pending conflict between religious faith and human reason. S. West
  • As all truth is from God, it necessarily follows that true science and true religion can never be at variance. Horace Mann
  • Science and religion, religion and science, put it as I may, they are two sides of the same glass, through which we see darkly until these two, focusing together, reveal the truth. Pearl Buck
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Science’s pursues objective truth whereas spirituality explores subjective truth

  • We ought to remember that religion uses language in quite a different way from science. The language of religion is more closely related to the language of poetry than to the language of science. True, we are inclined to think that science deals with information about objective facts, and poetry with subjective feelings. Hence we conclude that if religion does indeed deal with objective truths, it ought to adopt the same criteria of truth as science. But I myself find the division of the world into an objective and a subjective side much too arbitrary. The fact that religions through the ages have spoken in images, parables, and paradoxes means simply that there are no other ways of grasping the reality to which they refer. But that does not mean that it is not a genuine reality. And splitting this reality into an objective and a subjective side won’t get us very far. Niels Bohr
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Science explores truth whereas religion generates meaning

  • There is arguably no more important and pressing topic than the relation of science and religion in the modern world. Science is clearly one of the most profound methods that humans have yet devised for discovering truth, while religion remains the single greatest force for generating meaning. Truth and meaning, science and religion; but we still cannot figure out how to get the two of them together in a fashion that both find acceptable. Ken Wilber
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Science, unlike religion, has little to say about moral truth

  • Scientific truth is marvellous, but moral truth is divine and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise. Horace Mann
  • Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths. Oscar Wilde
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Science tends to hold onto its truths more lightly than religion

  • The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable. L. Mencken
  • Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved? Carl Sagan
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Find truth through philosophy

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At its best, philosophy explores truth

  • Philosophy is the science which considers truth. Aristotle
  • The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. Thomas Aquinas
  • Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. Edgar Allan Poe
  • Indiana Jones: Archaeology is the search for fact… not truth. If it’s truth you’re looking for, Dr. Tyree’s philosophy class is right down the hall.  Indiana Jones and the Last crusade
  • Philosophy … must not bargain away anything of the emphatic concept of truth. Theodor W. Adorno
  • What is at issue is the conversion of the mind from the twilight of error to the truth, that climb up into the real world which we shall call true philosophy. Plato
  • Truth as philosophy is a gas; as art, it is visible steam. Austin O’Malley
  • Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  • Philosophy has no end in view save truth; faith looks for nothing but obedience and piety. Baruch Spinoza
  • Science repudiates philosophy. In other words, it has never cared to justify its truth or explain its meaning. Alfred North Whitehead
  • Philosophy became a gloomy science, in the labyrinth of which people vainly tried to find the exit, called The Truth. Edward Schwartz
  • The conception of a new truth, or a new philosophy, must, for a long time, precede its illustration by open argument. Men, in fact, will feel a truth, or a principle, long before they reduce it to speculation; and will gradually grow to think upon it, long before they develop their discoveries by discussion. The earth will thus, as it were, be prepared for the plant before the seed is sown. William Gilmore Simms
  • The true philosopher is a brave spirit; dauntless to discover, and bold to declare the truth at all hazard. He feels the inner constraint of his messages, and, as a prophet to his day and generation, he must needs speak, though the whole world cry to him, silence. John Grier Hibben
  • Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one’s own way to the highest, to one’s own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one’s ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication.  Algernon Black
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In the pursuit of truth, philosophy has its shortcomings

  • No philosophy can fully express the truth. Osho
  • According to Democritus, truth lies at the bottom of a well, the water of which serves as a mirror in which objects may be reflected. I have heard, however, that some philosophers, in seeking for truth, to pay homage to her, have seen their own image and adored it instead. Charles Francis Richter
  • When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry. Muhammad Iqbal
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Find truth through collaboration

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Nobody ever sees the truth except in fragments   

  • No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition. William Osler
  • There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.  Anaïs Nin
  • Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments. Henry Ward Beecher
  • Truth is a river that is always splitting up into arms that reunite. Islanded between the arms, the inhabitants argue for a lifetime as to which is the main river.  Cyril Connolly
  • Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three. Confucius
  • All truths are but partial truths. Summum
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Everybody has some part of the truth to share   

  • No human being on the face of this earth possesses the whole truth. Each of us has only a small part; but if we are willing to share our small parts, our pieces of the truth, we will all possess a much fuller reality, a much larger share of the total truth. . . . It’s hard to imagine that a person could be totally wrong about any complex issue.  Everyone has some part of the truth to share. John Powell
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Therefore, share your truth and stand up for it…   

  • Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Max Ehrman
  • It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it. A. Hodge
  • We have stories to tell, stories that provide wisdom about the journey of life. What more have we to give one another than our ‘truth’ about our human adventure as honestly and as openly as we know how? Rabbi Saul Rubin
  • Free discussion is the very life of truth. Thomas Henry Huxley
  • If we regard truth as something handed down from authorities on high, the classroom [or office] will look like a dictatorship. If we regard truth as a fiction determined by personal whim, the classroom will look like anarchy.  If we regard truth as emerging from a complex process of mutual inquiry, the classroom will look like a resourceful and interdependent community.  Parker J. Palmer
  • He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it. Henry George
  • Authenticity always and absolutely carries a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you. Ken Wilber
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… but convey the truth with care …

  • Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.  Mahatma Gandhi
  • If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Oscar Wilde
  • The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly. Henry David Thoreau  
  • When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey. Arab Proverb
  • Nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it: For Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers. William Penn
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… through dialogue, not argument

  • Dialogue is the pathway to truth. Jordan B. Peterson
  • Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it. Edward de Bono
  • In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery. James Burgh
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There are times when silence is preferable to sharing truth

  • Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. Aldous Huxley
  • He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know. Lao Tzu
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Run from those who say they possess the only truth

  • Walk with those seeking truth… run from those who think they’ve found it. Deepak Chopra
  • Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it. Romain Rolland
  • The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world. Max Born
  • Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. Andre Gide  
  • Believing ourselves to be possessors of absolute truth degrades us: we regard every person whose way of thinking is different from ours as a monster and a threat and by so doing turn our own selves into monsters and threats to our fellows.  Octavio Paz
  • The person who thinks he has found the ultimate truth is wrong. Joseph Campbell
  • Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’ Kahlil Gibran
  • Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. Albert Einstein
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Find truth by going within

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Your truth lies within you   

  • All souls can find the truth within. Eileen Caddy
  • If you want the truth, I’ll tell you the truth. Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you. Kabir   
  • Be a light unto yourself. Buddha
  • Listen to your own truth. Ram Dass
  • Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul. James Allen
  • Sometimes, divine revelation simply means adjusting your brain to hear what your heart already knows. Dan Brown
  • The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is no truth except the truth that exists within you. Everything else is what someone is telling you. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Listen to your own truth. Ram Dass
  • Each must discover his own way in life, and that way lies in his heart. Let him delve deeply into the depths of his being; his true centre is not far from there. N. Sri Ram
  • To truly find God, truth needs to be found independently from the opinions of others. The truth has to be found in our hearts. A.H. Almaas
  • Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized. Osho
  • Truth is within ourselves. There is an inmost center in us all, where the truth abides in fullness. Robert Browning
  • I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don’t know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten. Eckhart Tolle
  • When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves. Dogen
  • If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? Dōgen
  • Every great teacher since the beginning of time has said to look within and find the truth, for the truth of what we really are will set us free. David R. Hawkins
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Don’t simply believe as true that which you read or hear…   

  • Independent inquiry is needed in your search for truth, not dependence on anyone else’s view or a mere book. Bruce Lee
  • Truths cannot be acquired from words out of other people’s mouths. Before Truths can be internalized, they must come from one’s own realizations and practices. Through a lifetime of personal practice, human beings are capable of revealing all of the secrets of the cosmic essence. You are your own best judge. Buddha
  • Accept nothing as true that is not your truth. Vernon Howard
  • All we have to know is our own truth, not someone else’s. When we understand this, we understand everything. We understand that what others are saying doesn’t have to be The Truth; it only has to lead us to our own. All things lead us to our inner most truth. That is their purpose. When it comes to knowing the Truth, the highest authority lies within you. Neale Donald Walsch
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… but believe as true only what resonates deep within you   

  • When you have reached a certain stage of inner connectedness, you recognize the truth when you hear it. Eckhart Tolle
  • The highest authority lies within me. I believe only what resonates deep within. I let the truth reveal itself. Does it ring true? Does it inspire me? Is this an expression of Who I Am? If it is, it will ring true – for I will have been reunited with my innermost wisdom. Neale Donald Walsch
  • You can judge the validity of any idea or concept by asking, “Is this true for me?” Brian Tracy
  • We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart. Blaise Pascal  
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It is the heart more than the mind that recognises truth

  • I choose things by how they resonate in my heart. Rita Coolidge
  • Although the intellect is easily fooled, the heart recognizes the truth. Where the intellect is limited, the heart is unlimited; where the intellect is intrigued by the temporary, the heart is only concerned with the permanent. David R. Hawkins
  • We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart. Blaise Pascal 
  • That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility. Rumi
  • Sometimes, divine revelation simply means adjusting your brain to hear what your heart already knows. Dan Brown
  • Each must discover his own way in life, and that way lies in his heart. Let him delve deeply into the depths of his being; his true centre is not far from there. N. Sri Ram
  • To truly find God, truth needs to be found independantly from the opinions of others. The truth has to be found in our hearts. A.H. Almaas
  • It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. T. Jong
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Emotions can reveal truth …

  • Feeling will get you closer to the truth of who you are than thinking. I cannot tell you anything that deep within you don’t already know. When you have reached a certain stage of inner connectedness, you recognize the truth when you hear it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Also, go inside and listen to your body, because your body will never lie to you. Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart, in your guts, is the truth. Miguel Ruiz 
  • Feelings are sometimes difficult to discover, and often even more difficult to acknowledge. Yet hidden in your deepest feelings is your highest truth. Neale Donald Walsch
  • If you really want to know your mind, the body will always give you a truthful reflection, so look at the emotion, or rather feel it in your body. If there is an apparent conflict between them, the thought will be the lie, the emotion will be the truth. Not the ultimate truth of who you are, but the relative truth of your state of mind at the time.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. Benjamin Disraeli
  • The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial one. Augustus William Hare
  • We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its Carl Jung
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… but not always

  • Emotion is not an indicator of truth as it is both reflective and determinative of positionalities and conditioning.  David R. Hawkins
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It is the divinity within you that recognises truth

  • The divinity inside man unconsciously asserts itself. Unfailingly it detects fraud and hypocrisy, and unerringly feels the warmth of truth, the light of spirituality and the holiness of purity. Swami Vivekananda
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Look for these signs to recognise your inner truth   

  • That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility. Rumi
  • And when we hear the truth, even if we don’t understand it, we feel that truth resonate within us…vibrating with our unconscious wisdom. Perhaps the truth is not learned by us, but rather, the truth is re-called…re- membered… re- cognized…as that which is already inside us. Dan Brown
  • Nothing is true unless it works. And it has to work for you, not for someone else. Raymond Charles Barker
  • Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. Walt Whitman
  • Truth does not need argument, agreement, theories or beliefs. There is only one test for it and that is to ask yourself ‘Is the statement true or false in my experience? Barry Long
  • Truth is that which does not contaminate you, but empowers you. Gary Zukav
  • There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul. Arnold Bennett
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Find inner truth beyond the mind through the practice of stillness   

  • It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. T. Jong
  • Those who justify themselves do not convince. To know truth one must get rid of knowledge; nothing is more powerful and creative than emptiness.  Lao Tzu
  • Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you.  Kabir
  • If you want the truth,  I’ll tell you the truth:  Listen to the secret sound,  the real sound,  which is inside you.  Kabir
  • In order to know the Truth, you have to be out of your mind.  Vivian Amis
  • In talking about the Truth, you (the ego) must cease to talk, and allow it (Truth or the real Self) to talk or express itself in its own language. Atmananda Krishna Menon
  • Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own….Stand still, be quiet. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When the mind is restless, you know very little of reality. When the mind is quiet, you know all reality.  Swami Ashokananda
  • Why is silence the greatest teacher? Because real truth never speaks. What would be the point? Truth simply is and so does not need to be reminded of this. On the other hand, illusion cannot be convinced for it doesn’t actually exist except as a thought, belief or concept. Michael Jeffreys
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Find inner truth by getting into nature

  • Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. Wallace Stevens
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Thoughts on the nature of truth

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Truth will always be truth for it withstands the test of time…

  • Truth, though it has many disadvantages, is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it. Phyllis Bottome
  • Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. Clement Stone
  • Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations. Criss Jami
  • Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. Elvis Presley
  • Truth is truth to the end of reckoning. William Shakespeare
  • Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now–always. Albert Schweitzer
  • Truth exists; only falsehood needs to be invented. George Braque
  • The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. Flannery O’Connor
  • Not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true. Richard Bach
  • Opinion is a flitting thing. But Truth outlasts the Sun.  Emily Dickinson
  • Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against the truth. Thomas Huxley
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… for truth is eternal and universal

  • All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls. Swami Vivekananda
  • Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. A Course in Miracles
  • The truths therein must also be laws, as fundamental as gravity or electromagnetism but of a different order. It is up to us to find those laws amid the culturally-fertilized religious overgrowth. Bernard Haisch
  • Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that.  Swami Satchidananda
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Truth is not always beautiful or exact or well-articulated   

  • The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. Lao Tzu
  • A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently. Augustine of Hippo
  • The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie. Ann Landers
  • If the truth is there, bad writing won’t hurt it ! Alfred Adler
  • Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer
  • Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Exactitude is not truth. Henri Matisse
  • If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. Albert Einstein
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Truth is often a paradox   

  • Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true. Ram Dass
  • The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. Niels Bohr
  • When you perceive a truth, look for the balancing truth. John Emerich
  • The words of truth are always paradoxical. Lao Tzu
  • There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth, because its opposite is falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another great truth. Niels Bohr
  • I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction. George Bataille  
  • The truth is always a compound of two half-truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say. Tom Stoppard
  • All truths are but partial truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled. Summum commandment
  • Scientific truth is always paradox, if judged by everyday experience, which catches only the delusive appearance of things. Karl Marx
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Truth can often be strange   

  • Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting. William Randolph
  • For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction. Lord Byron
  • It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain  
  • There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. Daniel Webster
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Truth invites examination   

  • Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it. Samuel Johnson
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Truth can be stretched but can never be destroyed or broken   

  • You can bend it and twist it… You can misuse and abuse it… But even God cannot change the Truth. Michael Levy
  • Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water. Miguel de Cervantes
  • The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. Winston Churchill
  • Truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished. Titus Livy
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Truth is often at the root of humour   

  • The love of truth lies at the root of much humor. Robertson Davies
  • The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh. Carl Reiner
  • If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Oscar Wilde
  • The truth comes out in jokes. Vicki Marsala
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Truth is more important than fact   

  • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Aldous Huxley
  • There are no facts, only interpretations. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Facts are many, but the truth is one. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The truth is more important than the facts. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled. Paul Eldridge
  • From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts. Tom Stoppard  
  • Always remember that you can be dead right about the facts and altogether wrong about the truth. Daniel
  • There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. Maya Angelou
  • What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup. Boris Pasternak
  • The gulf between knowledge and truth is infinite. Henry Miller
  • Truth isn’t about knowing things; you already know too much. It’s about unknowing. Jed McKenna
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Truth conquers in the end

  • I believe that in the end truth will conquer. John Wycliffe
  • Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha
  • Truth may percolate slowly across society, but as long as the flame is lit in one single mind, the awakening of the greater mass of humanity sooner or later, is assured. Sooner or later there will be a chain reaction, for the truth has to appear only once, in one single mind for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze. Teilhard de Chardin
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Truth is often beautiful but not always   

  • For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it. Ivan Panin
  • Truth, and goodness, and beauty, are but different faces of the same All. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer
  • Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Truth reveals itself in beauty. Rabindranath Tagore
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Truth is revealed by time

  • Time’s glory is to command contending kings, to unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light. William Shakespeare
  • Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth. Francois Rabelais
  • Truth was the only daughter of Time. Leonardo da Vinci
  • Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee. Immanuel Kant
  • Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife. Johannes Kepler
  • Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else, powerless against truth. Thomas Henry Huxley
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Truth is not always comfortable

  • “Comfort” is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being comfortable. Swami Vivekananda
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Truth is not always exciting

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Truth is revealing

  • Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness. Leonardo da Vinci 
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The truth often emerges when you get stuck

  • If your mind is truly, profoundly stuck, then it might be much better off than when it was loaded with ideas. Robert M. Pirsig
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Truth can be inclusive

  • So many assume the truth is either black or white… It’s all evolution or it’s totally creation, for example. Reality creates consciousness; consciousness creates reality. Actually truth is inclusive, neither black nor white, nor a shade of grey. Indeed, truth is a multi-coloured spectrum, a beautiful hologram!” Peter Shepherd
  • An integral approach acknowledges that all views have a degree of truth, but some views are more true than others, more developed, more evolved, more adequate. Ken Wilber
  • I have one major rule: Everybody is right. More specifically, everybody — including me — has some important pieces of truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace. Ken Wilber
  • Integrative” simply means that this approach attempts to include as many important truths from as many disciplines as possible-from East as well as the West, from premodern and modern and postmodern, from the hard sciences of physics to the tender sciences of spirituality. Ken Wilber
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The simplest truths are often forgotten

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Truth is usually simple – or is it?   

  • Nothing is true, but that which is simple. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde
  • All truth is simple… is that not doubly a lie?  Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Truth is something which can’t be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning. Anaïs Nin
  • Simplicity is one of the earmarks of truth, verified by subjective experience.  David R. Hawkins
  • The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence. Swami Vivekananda
  • The truth is the most obvious thing, yet we are always looking for a needle in a haystack.  When you see the Truth, nothing changes.  A tree is still a tree, a mountain is a mountain.  Durckheim Karlfried Graf
  • Truth looks tawdry when she is overdressed. Rabindranath Tagore
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Don’t forget the simple truths

  • The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple. Dame Rebecca West
  • It is the calling of great men, not so much to preach new truths, as to rescue from oblivion those old truths which it is our wisdom to remember and our weakness to forget. Sidney Smith
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It’s the simplest truths that are most often forgotten or overlooked

  • The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple. Dame Rebecca West
  • It is precisely for the reason that Truth is utterly simple, basic, elementary and totally obvious, that it is completely overlooked. Ramesh S Balsekar
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Some things cloud the truth

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Beware the enemies of truth   

  • The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • When money speaks, the truth is silent. Russian Proverb
  • A lie travels round the world, while Truth is putting on her boots. Charles H. Spurgeon
  • The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths. William James
  • Nothing hurts a new truth more than an old error. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. Henri Frederic Amiel  
  • In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. Buddha   
  • The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility. Charles Caleb Colton
  • The enemies of the truth are always awfully nice. Christopher Morley
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Faith is not truth

  • That is the definition of faith — acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Dan Brown
  • Not truth, but faith, it is that keeps the world alive. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. David Stevens
  • Faith means not wanting to know what is true. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Man discovers truth by reason only, not by faith. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
  • A lively, disinterested, persistent liking for truth is extraordinarily rare. Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism or doubt. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth. Albert Einstein
  • Philosophy has no end in view save truth; faith looks for nothing but obedience and piety. Baruch Spinoza
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Sincerity is not always truth   

  • Sincerity is not a test of truth. We must not make this mistake: He must be right; he’s so sincere. Because, it is possible to be sincerely wrong. We can only judge truth by truth and sincerity by sincerity. Jim Rohn
  • A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Oscar Wilde
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Beware of half-truths for often they are lies   

  • Half a truth is often a great lie. Benjamin Franklin
  • Beware of the half-truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.
  • A half-truth is a whole lie. Yiddish Proverb
  • There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.  Alfred North Whitehead
  • When truth is divided, errors multiply.  Eli Siegel
  • Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation. Sydney Smith
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Be cautious of your perceptions, inclinations and opinions for they can cloud the truth   

  • In fact, one big lesson from Buddhism is to be suspicious of the intuition that your ordinary way of perceiving the world brings you the truth about it. Robert Wright,
  • Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view. Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true. Robert Ringer
  • People see what they want to see and what people want to see never has anything to do with the truth. Roberto Bolaño
  • There is no truth. Only points of view. Dame Edith Sitwell
  • There is no truth. There is only perception. Gustave Flaubert
  • This does not make the authors of those narratives liars; it makes them servants of fallible human memory and perception. Tom Bissell
  • Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator. Wendell Phillips
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Beliefs can both cloud truth and create it     

  • The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. Pema Chodrun
  • We don’t see the truth because we are blind. What blinds us are all those false beliefs we have in our mind. We have the need to be right and to make others wrong. We trust what we believe, and our beliefs set us up for suffering. don Miguel Ruiz
  • Many of our ideas and beliefs about ourselves and the world are so deeply ingrained that we are unaware that they are beliefs and take them, without question, for the absolute truth. Rupert Spira
  • People may be heretics to the truth if they believe things only because their pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason; though their beliefs be true, yet the very truth they hold become their heresies. John Milton 
  • Belief in the truth commences with the doubting of all those “truths” we once believed. Friedrich Nietzsche     
  • One’s belief in truth begins with doubt of all truths one has believed hitherto. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not. Peter Medawar
  • In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true. John Lilly
  • There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. Soren Kierkegaard
  • Truth is. Belief is not required. Gerry Roston
  • “What is real?” asks the voice of Truth to the spirits of all who have lived. Like the sound of a raging river, I hear the voices of millions, each proclaiming their truth – all different with many contradictions. Silence fills the air and there is great expectation. Then The Book of Law falls open. Its pages are empty. And the voice of Truth answers: “As thou hast believed, so it is true. Whatever you believe within, that you will see without. All power belongs to those who believe.” John Kehoe
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Don’t let your fear cloud the truth

  • It is impossible for an anxious person, a worried one, or a fearful one to perceive truth; all things are distorted and thrown out of their proper relations by such mental states, and those who are in them cannot read the thoughts of God. Wallace D. Wattles
  • Trust what you know to be true, not what you fear to be true. Doug Sheresh
  • Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. Pema Chodron
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Trust in the truth and live by it

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Trust in the truth

  • Have confidence in the truth, although you may not be able to comprehend it, although you may suppose its sweetness to be bitter, although you may shrink from it at first. Trust in the Truth. . . . Have faith in the Truth and live it.  Gautama Buddha
  • If you love truth, you’ll trust it – that is, you will expect it to be good, beautiful, perfect, orderly, etc., in the long run, not necessarily in the short run. Abraham Maslow
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Act on the truth by living it and practicing it…

  • Truth exists only for each individual when he or she produces it through his or her actions. Soren Kierkegaard
  • The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • True freedom is where an individual’s thoughts and actions are in alignment with that which is true, correct and of honor. Bryant Hill
  • When we really live truth, we will cease to talk about it. Elbert Hubbard
  • Practice the truth you hear and read about, so that it is not just an idea but a conviction born of experience. If reading books on theology satisfies your desire for God, you have not grasped the purpose of religion. Do not settle for intellectual satisfaction about truth. Convert truth into experience, and you will know God through your own Self-realization. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Stand up men and women, dare to believe in the truth, dare to practice the truth! Swami Vivekananda
  • Unless your heart, your soul, and your whole being are behind every decision you make, the words from your mouth will be empty, and each action will be meaningless. Truth and confidence are the roots of happiness. Kathleen Pedersen
  • Unlived truth is our greatest problem. D.L. Moody
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… especially through the practice of love and kindness for love is indisputably truth

  • If knowing the truth is sufficient for you, then practice the art of philosophy. If only living the truth will suffice, then practice the art of love through your mind, your emotions, and your body. David Deida
  • Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.  Rabindranath Tagore
  • The truth has never been of any real value to any human being – it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. Graham Greene
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Stories convey truth – or do they?

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Stories convey truth …

  • By Aladdin’s lamplit scrotum, man! Everything is a story. What is there but stories? Stories are the only truth. Christopher Moore
  • Stories are important…They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth. Patrick Ness
  • The master gave his teaching in parables and stories, which his disciples listened to with pleasure-and occasional frustration, for they longed for something deeper. The master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story’. Anthony de Mello
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… personal truth…

  • We have stories to tell, stories that provide wisdom about the journey of life. What more have we to give one another than our ‘truth’ about our human adventure as honestly and as openly as we know how? Rabbi Saul Rubin
  • Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Max Ehrman
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… the truth of the heart

  • To my way of thinking, all stories that are told from the heart, that arise from one person’s experience or an entire people’s experience, are indeed true. Truth is experienced and related in many different forms, from many different perspectives. There is conventional seeing and then the seeing that arises from the hidden depths of our being. Mobi Ho 
  • Perhaps it is how we are made; perhaps words of truth reach us best through the heart, and stories and songs are the language of the heart. Stephen R. Lawhead 
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Stories can be more powerful than truth

  • A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth. Diane Setterfield
  • My gripe is not with lovers of the truth but with truth herself. What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark, when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? When the lightning strikes shadows on the bedroom wall and the rain taps at the window with its long fingernails? No. When fear and cold make a statue of you in your bed, don’t expect hard-boned and fleshless truth to come running to your aid. What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie. Diane Setterfield 
  • Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. North American Indian 
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Stories are lies that reveal truth

  • Don’t lies eventually lead to the truth? And don’t all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don’t they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both cases, they are significant of what I have been and what I am? Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. Albert Camus
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Others argue stories are different from the truth

  • But the truth is that no person ever understands another, from beginning to end of life, there is no truth that can be known, only the story we imagine to be true, the story they really believe to be true about themselves; and all of them lies. Orson Scott Card
  • History, in the end, is only another kind of story, and stories are different from the truth. The truth is messy and chaotic and all over the place. Often it just doesn’t make sense. Stories make things make sense, but the way they do that is to leave out anything that doesn’t fit. And often that is quite a lot. Paul Murray
  • When we try to describe the truth with words, we distort it and it’s no longer truth–it’s our story. The story may be true for us, but that doesn’t mean it’s true for anyone else. Don Miguel Ruiz 
  • Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story. John Wooden 
  • Well, it seems to me that there are books that tell stories, and then there are books that tell truths… The first kind, they show you life like you want it to be. With villains getting what they deserve and the hero seeing what a fool he’s been and marrying the heroine and happy endings and all that… But the second kind, they show you life more like it is… The first kind makes you cheerful and contented, but the second kind shakes you up. Jennifer Donnelly
  • In seeking truth, you have to get both sides of a story. Walter Cronkite
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A spiritual perspective on absolute verse relative truth

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The truth is not to be found in this world of apparent objects …

  • There is nothing true anywhere, The True is nowhere to be found. If you say you see the True, This seeing is not the true one. When the True is left to itself, There is nothing false in it, for it is Mind itself. When Mind in itself is not liberated from the false, There is nothing true; nowhere is the True to be found. Hui Neng
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… for truth is the awareness in which our perceptions of the world appear

  • Pure Consciousness, which is the Heart, includes all, and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth. Ramana Maharshi
  • The only thing that is true about thoughts is the awareness in which they are known and with which they are made. Rupert Spira
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Awareness (the fact I am aware of being aware) is the only indisputably truth

  • Make no mistake: whatever I say—whatever its impact—is a concept. It is not the truth. A concept is something that someone may accept and someone may not. The Truth is that which no one can deny. And therefore the only Truth, in phenomenality, is ‘I AM’—the impersonal awareness of being. On this basis, whatever any sage has ever said, whatever any scripture of any religion says is a concept. Ramesh Balsekar
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Awareness (consciousness) is the ultimate truth and reality

  • What is the ultimate truth?  There is and can be nothing “outside” awareness. Awareness is Everything. Conversely, Everything is an awareness in it’s own right – unique and individual. Peter Wilberg
  • When we try to think of Consciousness, it is like looking into a black hole. It is not even black. The mind simply cannot go there. It cannot go to that objectless place because the mind is itself an object.  As the mind tries to turn itself towards Consciousness, it dissolves.  Its dissolution is the revelation of Presence, the revelation of that in which thought dissolves.  The mind does not find Truth. It does not find Reality. It is dissolved in it.  Rupert Spira
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Awareness is our true nature and therefore, truth is what we are

  • The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are the truth.  If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time. The very Being that you are is Truth.  Eckhart Tolle
  • If you want to write the truth, you must write about yourself. I am the only real truth I know.  Jean Rhys
  • Indeed we are running away all the time to avoid coming face to face with our real selves, and we barter the truth for trifles.  Reginald French 
  • All of these qualities of the body, mind, and world are temporary and therefore can’t be considered real in the truest sense. Only the ever-present, unchanging element of our being can be considered real. Rupert Spira
  • On seeing one thing, you see all things. On perceiving an individual’s mind, you perceive all minds. Glimpse one truth, and all truth is present in your vision, for there is nowhere at all that is devoid of the Truth.  Huangbo Xiyun
  • Truth is not far away. It is nearer than near. There is no need to attain it, since not one of your steps leads away from it. Dogen
  • When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.  Dogen
  • You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images.  A Course In Miracles
  • You never find yourself until you face the truth. Pearl Bailey
  • Be naked in the splendor of the truth of who you are. Gangaji
  • Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free. Eckhart Tolle
  • The choiceless truth of who you are is revealed to be permanently here permeating everything. Not a thing and not separate from anything. Gangaji
  • The truth is you really are nothing, but this nothing is full, whole, infinite in everything and everywhere. This nothing is consciousness itself. It is already whole, complete and fulfilled. This is the amazing irony. Gangaji
  • When you are in touch with that dimension within yourself-and being in touch with it is your natural state, all your actions and relationships will reflect the oneness with all life that you sense deep within. This is love. Laws, commandments, rules and regulations are necessary for those who are cut off from who they are, the Truth within. Eckhart Tolle
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The truth of what we are can only be known experientially, realised within

  • The truth indeed has never been preached by the Buddha, seeing that one has to realize it within oneself. Sutralamkara
  • Awakening to the truth is a deep realization of what you are as an experience. What is it that is listening? What is it that is feeling? Feel it. Sense it. Welcome it. Adyashanti
  • Words and concepts can be signposts to truth but they cannot encapsulate it. For spiritual truth is a state of being; a high state of consciousness in which a direct knowing arises. Truth is a direct experience.  Antony Lambert
  • Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described, and it cannot be explained. A Course in Miracles
  • Truths are not truths to you unless you realize them within yourself. Without realization, they are just ideas. For spiritual perception, spiritual consciousness, lies not in vague theological ideas, but in the acquisition of Self-realization. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • We should not believe the story that the mind tells us about what and where the body is. We should rely only on the facts of our experience, and that means this current experience. That is the test of Reality, of Truth. Rupert Spira
  • When all mental activity around who you think you are is stopped, there is a crack in the authority of perception, in the structure of the mind. I invite you to enter through that crack. Come in through that opening. When you do, the mind is no longer filled with its latest self- definition. In that moment, there is only silence. And in that silence, it is possible to recognize absolute fulfillment: the truth of who you are. Gangaji
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Truth is what is here now in the form of one’s awareness

  • Look lovingly upon the present, for it holds the only things that are forever true.   A Course in Miracles
  • What is not true does not exist in this moment. Bert McCoy
  • The truth is now and here. So it is everywhere. If it is not first found now and here, it will be found nowhere else and at no other time. Atmananda Krishna Menon
  • All thoughts achieve the same outcome. They take you out of the truth of life, out of the present moment, and into a world of illusion. Leonard Jacobson
  • The only truth which is not a concept is the sense of presence, here and now. ‘I am,’ not ‘I am Joe or Jane.’ This impersonal sense of presence in the present moment is the only truth. Ramesh Balsekar
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Awareness and God are synonymous and all that is absolutely true

  • The devotee bent on liberation understands that all learning pertaining to the phenomenal worlds is partial, uncertain, relative, and unsatisfying. Realization of God is the only true, permanent, and absolute knowledge. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • I believe in a spiritual world – not as anything separate from this world – but as its innermost truth. With the breath we draw we must always feel this truth, that we are living in God.  Rabindranath Tagore
  • What is enquiry into the Truth? It is the firm conviction that the Self is real, and all, other than That, is unreal.  Adi Shankara
  • Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven because that is where the laws of God operate truly, and they can operate only truly since they are the laws of Truth. But seek this only because you can find nothing else. There is nothing else.  God is all in all in a very literal sense.  All being is in Him who is all Being.  You are therefore in Him since your being is His.  A Course in Miracles
  • In the beginning was only Being, One without a second. Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos And entered into everything in it. There is nothing that does not come from him. Of everything he is the inmost Self. He is the truth; he is the Self supreme. You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that. The Upanishad
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The truth is that all is consciousness (God); all is one

  • But in the end spirituality is not about watching the breath. It’s about waking up from the dream of separateness to the truth of unity. Adyashanti
  • “Truth is one,” one hymn proclaims, “though the wise call it by many names.” Eknath Easwaran
  • ‘Who am I?’ The answer is ‘I am God’. The body comes and goes, but the Atma is permanent. The body has birth and death, but the spirit does not have any of these. You reach the stage where you say, ‘I am God’, but even there, there is duality, ‘God and I’. That is not the full Truth. When we breathe, the breath makes the sound of ‘So-Hum’, ‘He am I’. There is still the body consciousness, the ‘I’. But in deep sleep, the declaration of ‘He’ and ‘I’ falls away and only ‘0’ and ‘M’ remain, ‘Om’; there is only the One. Sathya Sai Baba
  • Even by the mind this truth is to be learned: There are not many, but only ONE. The Upanishads
  • From within, from the very most interior center of existence and consciousness, the fact of oneness evermore proves to be the overriding truth. Geoffrey Hodson
  • If you hold to multiplicity, you are with the world; and if you hold to the Unity, you are with the Truth …. Our names are but names for God; at the same time our individual selves are His shadow. He is at once our identity and not our identity … Consider! Ibn ‘Arabi
  • It is owing to our limitations that a thing appears to us as single and separate when in truth it is not a separate thing at all. Rudolf Steiner
  • Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace itself.  It is the actualization of wisdom, the ultimate truth of the oneness of all things.  Dogen
  • The most basic truth of life: One Being is creating all of this – all of these different expressions of life. There’s only one Being here, and not only are you it but everyone else is it. Let that sink in a moment. Gina Lake
  • The multiplicity is only apparent, in truth there is only one mind. Tim Freke
  • Unity Consciousness is the experience of the 7 billion plus people on the planet being moved by the same force, which is God. It is the awareness to see what we really are: One Living Being. However, this is a truth that really can’t be explained with words; the minute you say it, it is no longer truth. Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • What, then, is the heart of the highest truth, The core of knowledge, the wisdom supreme? It is, “I am the Self, the formless One; By my very nature, I am pervading all.” The Avadhuta Gita
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The truth is that God is not separate from who we are

  • The illumined man knows this truth of life. For him the universe is his garment And the Lord not separate from himself. The Upanishad
  • Know Him as both particularized and unparticularized, and be established in Truth. Be in a state of unity if you wish, or be in a state of separation if you wish; if the Totality reveals Itself to you, you will attain the crown of victory. Ibn ‘Arabi
  • The Truth has shared so much of Itself with me That I can no longer call myself A man, a woman, an angel, Or even pure Soul. Hafez
  • The Truth is we are all one. Oneness. It’s not a tiny me in an vast universe, but the universe all in me. Adyashanti
  • The truth of nonduality—that the many is the One and that the One is ultimately who we always are. Andrew Cohen
  • We are hidden in ourselves, like a truth hidden in isolated facts. When we know that this One in us is One in all, then our truth is revealed. Rabindranath Tagore
  • When I stood in my first cause, I ‘then had no ‘God,’ and then I was my own cause. I wanted nothing, I longed for nothing, for I was empty Being and the only truth in which I rejoiced was in the knowledge of my Self. Then it was my Self I wanted and nothing else. What I wanted I was, and what I was I wanted and so I stood empty of God and everything. Meister Eckhart
  • When the bubble of ignorance bursts the self realizes its oneness with the indivisible Self. Words that proceed from the Source of Truth have real meaning. But when men speak these words as their own, the words become meaningless. Meher Baba
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The world contains only relative truths that point to absolute truth

  • Relativism, roughly put, is the view that truth and falsity, right and wrong, standards of reasoning, and procedures of justification are products of differing conventions and frameworks of assessment and that their authority is confined to the context giving rise to them. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • One’s sanctions for truth and goodness are established largely by individual preferences. Ken Wilber
  • The truth is an arbitrary, shifting, culturally relative, and historically molded phenomenon. Ken Wilber
  • There is only one absolute truth; all the rest are semi-facts spawned from the artefacts of limited perception and positionally. David R. Hawkins
  • On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.  Friedrich Nietzsche
  • These teachings are only a finger pointing to the Noble wisdom…. They are intended for the consideration and guidance of the discriminating minds of all people, but they are not the Truth itself, which can only be self-realized within one’s own deepest consciousness. Lankavatara Sutra
  • Facts are many, but the truth is one. Rabindranath Tagore
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The mind is most limited in its ability to perceive absolute truth

  • Mind is limited in its view. Nothing the mind knows is absolutely true.  Nothing it knows is reliable.  Rupert Spira
  • Humility is merely the truthful acknowledgment of the actual fact that the ego/mind, by virtue of its structure and design, is intrinsically incapable of being able to differentiate truth from falsehood.  David R. Hawkins
  • I am telling you that your perception of ultimate reality is more limited than you thought, and that Truth is more unlimited than you can imagine. Neale Donald Walsch
  • It can be seen that it is futile to try to find truth via the mind. (The benefit of the way of the heart, or Unconditional Love, is that it bypasses many of the traps and quagmires of the so-called mind.) David R. Hawkins
  • The Truth cannot be grasped by the mind. Adyashanti
  • The Truth is far more all-encompassing than the mind could ever comprehend. No thought can encapsulate the Truth. At best, it can point to it. For example, it can say: “All things are intrinsically one.” That is a pointer, not an explanation. Understanding these words means feeling deep within you the truth to which they point. Eckhart Tolle
  • Truth begins where thought ends. Michael Jeffreys
  • Truth can come to you only when your mind and heart are simple, clear, and there is love in your heart; not if your heart is filled with the things of the mind. Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Absolute truth cannot be found or articulated in words or concepts

  • The truth which can be spoken is not the true truth. Lao Tzu
  • Those who justify themselves do not convince. To know truth one must get rid of knowledge; nothing is more powerful and creative than emptiness.  Lao Tzu
  • Trying to find the Truth through words and speech is like putting your head in a bowl of glue. Yuan Wu
  • The liberating truth is not static; it is alive. It cannot be put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The truth lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism. Adyashanti
  • I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Beware of language, because it is often a great cheat. Peter Mere Latham
  • Jejune and barren speculations may unfold the plicatures of Truth’s garment, but they cannot discover her lovely face. John Smith
  • The more exacting our words, the further from the Truth we stray, which is why poetry is generally more precise about human experience than is prose, and why music can be said to be even more exact. Roger Stephens
  • The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They’re not the Way.  Bodhidharma
  • Dogmas–religious, political, scientific–arise out of erroneous belief that thought can encapsulate reality or truth. Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of “I know.” Eckhart Tolle
  • I have a thousand brilliant lies for the question: How are you? I have a thousand brilliant lies for the question: What is God? If you think that the Truth can be known from words; if you think that the Sun and the Ocean can an pass through that tiny opening called the mouth, someone should start laughing!  Someone should start wildly laughing now!  Hafez
  • It is an illusory pursuit to look to concepts and ideas in order to find truth, to find peace, to find that which will liberate us. Adyashanti
  • Knowing my thoughts are not the Truth helps me to be still, not paying attention to thoughts. Adyashanti
  • Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Words are merely utterances: noises that stand for feelings, thoughts, and experience. They are symbols. Signs. Insignias. They are not Truth. They are not the real thing. In fact, you place so little value on experience that when what your experience of God differs from what you’ve heard of God, you automatically discard the experience and own the words, when it should be just the other way around. Neale Donald Walsch
  • No philosophy can fully express the truth. Osho
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Truth often emerges in states of deep and expansive awareness and love

  • And through the opening or clearing in your own awareness may come flashing higher truths, subtler revelations, profound connections. For a moment you might even touch eternity. Ken Wilber
  • As my consciousness expands, my whole being changes and I vibrate at a higher frequency. Inner truths are perceived. Veils are lifted. I see with new eyes. John Kehoe
  • Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender of the mind’s vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes freer and more open to the light of Truth.  David R. Hawkins
  • Absolute truth is a state of consciousness that brings about an indisputable knowing beyond the mind. Anthony Lambert
  • Finding the Truth is aloneness as all shared beliefs and concepts fall away. Adyashanti
  • Wherever there has been expansion in love or progress in well-being, of individuals or numbers, it has been through the perception, realisation, and the practicalisation of the Eternal Truth-the oneness of all beings Swami Vivekananda
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Truth is dependent on one’s level of consciousness

  • Everyone has his own truths and every such truth corresponds to a particular intelligence or consciousness level. If some religious absurdities are your truths, then you must increase your level to approach to the real truth! At the position of low-level intelligence and consciousness, it is impossible to see the real truth! Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • The truth of each level of consciousness is self-verifying in that each level has its native range of perception, which confirms what’s already believed to be true. David R. Hawkins
  • What appears as an important and exciting piece of information from the perspective of one level of consciousness might be boring or even repulsive at another level. Truth is subjective, and that can be frightening.  David R. Hawkins
  • A statement may be true at a high level of understanding but be incomprehensible to the average mind. Its value may therefore be corrupted when the statement is distorted by the limitations of the listener.  David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness level 200 is critical because it demarcates truth from falsehood.  David R. Hawkins
  • Truth is the consequence of not only content but also of context. David R. Hawkins
  • What appears as an important and exciting piece of information from the perspective of one level might be boring or even repulsive at another level. Truth is subjective, and that can be frightening. David R. Hawkins
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In a spiritual context, seeking truth too ardently can be counter-productive as it contracts awareness

  • Discard every self-seeking motive as soon as it is seen and you need not search for truth; truth will find you. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it. Dogen
  • The real is near, you do not have to seek it; and a man who seeks truth will never find it. Truth is in what is – and that is the beauty of it. But the moment you conceive it, the moment you seek it, you begin to struggle; and a man who struggles cannot understand. That is why we have to be still, observant, passively aware. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Indeed we ARE that which we are looking for, when our seeking ceases….What then prevents us from seeing this simple truth? Nothing but the misconception that ‘we’ can do something about it. Ramesh Balsekar
  • It is helpful to remember that neither Truth nor Enlightenment is something to be found, sought, acquired, gained, or possessed. That which is the Infinite Presence is always present and its realization occurs of itself when the obstacles to that realization are removed. David R. Hawkins
  • Looking forward” to what you think enlightenment might be at some grand point in the future keeps you from seeing the truth of its presence right now. Enza Vita
  • Truth cannot be sought – one can simply be receptive, that´s all. One can open the doors and wait. One can say only this much, “If the divine guest comes, you will be received, welcomed. Osho
  • Do not seek for the truth, only stop having an opinion. Seng Ts’an
  • The separate self can never discover the truth – in the end, the truth just awakens to itself through you. Stephan Bodian
  • The truth is that you already are what you are seeking. Adyashanti
  • To seek something, you must have at least some vague idea or image of what it is you are seeking. But ultimate truth is not an idea or an image or something attained anew. So, to seek truth as something objective is a waste of time and energy. Truth can’t be found by seeking it, simply because truth is what you are. Adyashanti
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Writing and truth

  • A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. K. Chesterton
  • A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to. Tom Bissell
  • Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite. Edward Albee
  • If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway. Stephen King
  • Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them. John Steinbeck
  • Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. Mark Twain
  • One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Henry Miller
  • A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. Ursula K. Le Guin  
  • The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it. Margaret Atwood
  • The secret of good writing is telling the truth. Gordon Lish
  • Write,’ she said, ‘as if you’ll never be read. That way you’ll be sure to tell the truth. Lori Lansens
  • Writers tell lies for a living. But we try to layer in enough truth that you believe everything we tell you. Christina York
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Fantasy and truth

  • Fantasy is the only truth. Abbie Hoffman
  • Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy. Fran Lebowitz
  • All truth is very ordinary. It is peoples’ fantasies of what is true that is so extraordinary. Brian Perkins
  • I have abandoned my search for truth and am now looking for a good fantasy. Ashleigh Brilliant
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Justice and truth   

  • Justice is truth in action. Benjamin Disraeli
  • The sword of Truth is a blunt instrument without the keen edge of Justice. Michael Rawls
  • The ancient and eternal values of human life – truth, unity, goodness, justice, beauty, and love are all statements of belonging; they are also the secret intention and dream of human longing. John O’Donohue
  • Law is not justice and a trial is not a scientific inquiry into truth. A trial is the resolution of a dispute.  Edison Haines
  • Truth never damages a cause that is just. Mahatma Gandhi
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Truth and meaning

  • These two enormous forces – truth and meaning – are at war in today’s world… And something sooner or later has to give. Ken Wilber
  • Break through the surface ideas, truths, laws, whatever it is that we are contemplating, to explore their deeper meaning and implications. John Kehoe
  • Out of curiosity arise the basic existential questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Where do we go? These are basically the questions of identity as well as of the purpose and meaning of life itself. Thus, began the basic surge for a primordial truth by which to contextualize life and extract meaning, significance, and value. David R. Hawkins
  • Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. S. Lewis
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Truth and politics

  • I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. Abraham Lincoln
  • We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. John F. Kennedy.
  • Some forms of truth are really forms of social power and oppression. Ken Wilber
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On a lighter note   

  • A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth. George D. Prentice
  • A good novel tells us the truth about it’s hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. K. Chesterton
  • A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Mark Twain
  • A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Winston Churchill
  • Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy.
  • Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths. Edgar A. Shoaff
  • All right look if you absolutely have to tell her the truth at least wait until the timing’s right and that’s what deathbeds are for.   Matthew Perry
  • Always tell the truth. Even if you have to make it up.
  • Always telling the truth is no doubt better than always lying, although equally pathological. Robert Brault
  • An easily understood workable falsehood is more useful than a complex incomprehensible truth. Thumb’s Second Postulate
  • An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper. Kahlil Gibran
  • Any fool can tell the truth but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well. Samuel Butler
  • Any great truth can – and eventually will  – be expressed as a cliche.
  • Anyone who says the truth shall set you free has never been to traffic court. Alfred E. Neuman
  • As scarce as truth is the supply has always been in excess of the demand. Josh Billings
  • Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said. Mel Brooks
  • Beat me with the truth, don’t torture me with lies.
  • Blurt: To speak the truth.
  • By and large language is a tool for concealing the truth. George Carlin
  • Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.  Graham Greene
  • Competence like truth, beauty and contact lenses is in the eye of the beholder. Laurence J. Peter
  • Epigram: A half-truth so stated to irritate the person who believes the other half. Anonymous
  • Euphemisms: Unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
  • He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and even if he caught himself telling the truth he’d lie just to keep his hand in. Harry Truman
  • He occasionally stumbled over the truth but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill
  • Hell hath no fury like a habitual liar disbelieved when telling the truth. Tiptree
  • How ’bout a shot of truth in that denial cocktail. Jennifer Salaiz
  • Humor is always based on a modicum of truth; have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law? Dick Clark
  • I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. Al Pacino
  • I am a lie who always speaks the truth. Jean Cocteau
  • I have abandoned my search for truth and am now looking for a good fantasy. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats; I tell them the truth and they never believe me. Camillo Di Cavour
  • I never give the public hell; I just tell the truth and they think it is hell. Harry Truman
  • I told my wife the truth I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist; then she told me the truth: that she was seeing a psychiatrist two plumbers and a bartender.   Rodney Dangerfield
  • I want everyone to tell me the truth even if it costs him his job. Samuel Goldwyn
  • I will make a bargain with the Republicans; if they will stop telling lies about Democrats we will stop telling the truth about them Adlai E. Stevenson
  • If one tells the truth one is sure sooner or later to be found out. Oscar Wilde
  • If truth is beauty how come no one has their hair done in the library? Lily Tomlin
  • If you are going to tell people the truth be funny or they will kill you. Billy Wilder
  • If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
  • It has always been desirable to tell the truth but seldom if ever necessary. Arthur James Balfour
  • It is a truth universally acknowledge that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen
  • It is a truth universally acknowledge that there will always be a gentleman to dance with, except at just the moment when you require one most. Anna Godbersen
  • It is always the best policy to speak the truth–unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. Jerome K. Jerome
  • It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. L. Mencken
  • Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge. Bill Cosby
  • Man will occasionally stumble over the truth but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. Churchill’s Commentary on Man
  • Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk. Edgar Watson Howe
  • Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by others. Charles Caleb Colton
  • Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. Winston Churchill
  • Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. Mark Twain
  • My wife said: …I want an explanation and I want the truth.’ I said:  …Make up your mind.’   Henny Youngman
  • Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it. Mark Twain
  • 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. Mencken’s Second Law
  • Parents are embarrassed when their children tell lies and even more embarrassed when they tell the truth.
  • Please don’t lie to me unless you’re absolutely sure I’ll never find out the truth. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Reality is bad enough. Why should I tell the truth?   Patrick Sky
  • Reporter: A writer who guesses his way to the truth and dispels it with a tempest of words. Ambrose Bierce
  • Science is Truth. Don’t be misled by fact. Finagle’s Creed
  • Slander: To lie or tell the truth about someone. Ambrose Bierce
  • Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. Slovenian Proverb
  • Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward and you will have the truth about him. L. Mencken
  • The best way to lie is to tell the truth, carefully edited truth.
  • The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it. Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The harsh truth is that the cause of death is birth. David Hockney
  • The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie. Ann Landers
  • The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde
  • The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde
  • The truth may be out there but the lies are inside your head. Terry Pratchett
  • The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies. Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. Gloria Steinem
  • There are only two ways of telling the complete truth – anonymously and posthumously. Thomas Sowell
  • There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying. Josh Billings
  • There are two kinds of truth: there are real truths and there are made up truths. Marion Barry Jr.
  • There is one sure way of telling when politicians aren’t telling the truth: their lips move.   Felicity Kendall
  • These days the only time politicians tell the truth is when they call each other a liar. Alfred E. Neuman
  • This is a moment of struth.
  • Those who say truth is stranger than fiction have wasted their time on poorly written fiction. Mark Twain
  • To deceive a diplomat, speak the truth. He has no experience with it. Greek proverb
  • Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.
  • Truth: The safest lie.  Maxwell Carver
  • Truth hurts – maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with the seat missing – but it hurts.   Leslie Nielsen
  • Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. Mark Twain
  • Truth is something you stumble into when you think you’re going somewhere else. Jerry Garcia
  • Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense. Leo Rosten
  • Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it. Mark Twain
  • Truth is the safest lie. Maxwell Carver
  • Washington couldn’t tell a lie, Nixon couldn’t tell the truth and Reagan couldn’t tell the difference. Mort Sahl
  • We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth but like other married couples they sometimes live apart. Saki’ H.H. Munro
  • What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public. Vilhjalmur Stefansson
  • When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback. Bill Copeland
  • White Lie: Aversion of the truth.
  • There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth. Agnes Repplier
  • There are three sides to every story — Your side, My side, and, the Truth! Robert Evans
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