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One truth discovered is immortal, and entitles its author to be so; for, like a new substance in nature, it cannot be destroyed.
      - William Hazlitt (1),
        The Spirit of the Age--Jeremy Bentham

Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting.
      - William Randolph Hearst

If "everybody knows" such-and-such, then it ain't so, by at least ten thousand to one.
      - Robert A. Heinlein,
        The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

All truths are not to be told.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Dare to be true, nothing can need a lie;
  A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.
      - George Herbert,
        The Temple--The Church Porch

We know to tell many fictions like to truths, and we know, when we will, to speak what is true.
      - Hesiod, The Theogony (line 27)

Add a few drops of venom to a half truth and you have an absolute truth.
      - Eric Hoffer

Crude absurdities, trivial nonsense, and sublime truths are equally potent in readying people for self-sacrifice if they are accepted as the sole, eternal truth.
      - Eric Hoffer

There are those who hold the opinion that truth is only safe when diluted,--about one-fifth to four-fifths lies,--as the oxygen of the air is with its nitrogen. Else it would burn us all up.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Professor at the Breakfast Table (V)

The naked truth.
  [Lat., Nuda veritas. (Nudaque veritas.)]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 24, 7)

My cares and my inquiries are for decency and truth, and in this I am wholly occupied.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 1, 11)

What forbids a man to speak the truth in a laughing way?
  [Lat., Ridentem dicere verum,
    Quid vetat.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 24)

Every newly discovered truth judges the world, separates the good from the evil, and calls on faithful souls to make sure of their election.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

History has its truth; Legend has hers.
      - Victor Hugo

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
      - David Hume

Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else, is powerless against truth.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

It cannot be too often repeated, that truth scorns the assistance of miracle.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

The true is the name of whatever proves itself to be good in the way of belief, and good, too, for definite, assignable reasons.
      - William James

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
      - William James

If an offence come out of the truth better is it that the offence come, than the truth be concealed.
      - Saint Jerome (Eusebius Hieronymus Sophronius, called Hieronymus)

The first casualty of war is truth.
      - Hiram Warren Johnson

An objective truth and individual reason are feared above all.
      - Jimmy Johnson

Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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