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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
      - Frederick Douglass

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
      - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
         (ch. 6)

Truth is the object of our understanding, as good is of our will; and the understanding can no more be delighted with a lie than the will can choose an apparent evil.
      - John Dryden

For truth has such a face and such a mien,
  As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.
      - John Dryden, The Hind and the Panther
         (pt. I, l. 33)

Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
      - William James (Will) Durant

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
      - Johann Echkart (Meister Eckhart)

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
      - Umberto Eco

Truth is immortal; error is mortal.
      - Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Eddy,
        Science and Health (ch. XIV)

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
      - Albert Einstein

Truth is what stands the test of experience.
      - Albert Einstein

In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.
      - Paul Eldridge

Veracity is a plant of Paradise, and the seeds have never flourished beyond the walls.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Armgart (sc. 2)

The finest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the real with the real; a ground on which nothing is assumed.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The firmest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the real with the real; a ground on which nothing is assumed, but where they speak and think and do what they must, because they are so and not otherwise.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth gathers itself spotless and unhurt after all our surrenders and concealments and partisanship; never hurt by the treachery or ruin of its best defenders, whether Luther, or William Penn, or St. Paul.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is always present; it only needs to lift the iron lids of the mind's eye to read its oracles.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is beautiful within and without, forevermore.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is the summit of being.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is too simple for us; we do not like those who unmask our illusions.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The nobler the truth or sentiment, the less imports the question of authorship.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

Though love repine and reason chafe,
  There came a voice without reply,
    "'Tis man's perdition to be safe,
      When for the truth he ought to die."
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Quatrains--Sacrifice

Truth is a thing immortal and perpetual, and it gives to us a beauty that fades not away in time, nor does it take away the freedom of speech which proceeds from justice; but it gives to us the knowledge of what is just and lawful, separating from them the unjust and refuting them.
      - Epictetus

I am conquered by truth.
  [Lat., Vincer veris.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Diluculum

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