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Certainly, truth should be strenuous and bold; but the strongest things are not always the noisiest, as any one may see who compares scolding with logic.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

Every man seeks for truth; but God only knows who has found it.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Truths turn into dogmas the moment they are disputed.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Heretics

All that happens in the world of nature and man--every war, every peace, every horn of prosperity, every horn of adversity, every election, every death, every life, every success and every failure, all change, all permanence, the perished leaf, the unutterable glory of stars--all things speak truth to the thoughtful spirit.
      - Rufus Choate

Truth! why shall every wretch of letters
  Dare to speak truth against his betters!
    Let ragged virtue stand aloof,
      Nor mutter accents of reproof;
        Let ragged wit a mute become,
          When wealth and power would have her dumb.
      - Charles Churchill

When fiction rises pleasing to the eye,
  Men will believe, because they love the lie;
    But truth herself, if clouded with a frown,
      Must have some solemn proof to pass her down.
      - Charles Churchill, Epistle to Hogarth
         (l. 291)

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

O mighty power of truth!
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Oh, how great is the power of truth! which of its own power can easily defend itself against all the ingenuity and cunning and wisdom of men, and against the treacherous plots of all the world.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

He who has once deviated from the truth, usually commits perjury with as little scruple as he would tell a lie.
  [Lat., Qui semel a veritate deflexit, hic non majore religione ad perjurium quam ad mendacium perduci consuevit.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comoedo (XX)

Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.
  [Lat., Natura inest mentibus nostris insatiabilis quaedam cupiditas veri videndi.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 18)

Truth! stark naked truth, is the word.
      - John Cleland,
        Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure a.k.a. Fanny Hill
         (vol. I)

They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard.
      - Alexander Cockburn

There is small chance of truth at the goal, where there is not childlike humility at the starting-post.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Truths of all others the most awful and interesting are too often considered as so true that they lose all the power of truth, and lie bed-ridden in the dormitory of the soul, side by side with the most despised and exploded errors.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating the truth.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The power to bind and loose to Truth is given:
  The mouth that speaks it is the mouth of Heaven,
    The power, which in a sense belongs to none,
      Thus understood belongs to every one.
      - Abraham Coles

Truth is the band of union and the basis of human happiness. Without this virtue there is no reliance upon language, no confidence in friendship, no security in promises and oaths.
      - Jeremy Collier

We must not let go manifest truths because we cannot answer all questions about them.
      - Jeremy Collier

Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation, because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves. They will not advance their minds to the standard, therefore they lower the standard to their minds.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest friend of truth is time; her greatest enemy is prejudice; and her constant companion is humility.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Truth can hardly be expected to adapt herself to the crooked policy and wily sinuosities of wordly affairs; for truth, like light, travels only in straight lines.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is a man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
      - Confucius

It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
      - Confucius

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