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Liberty is the parent of truth, but truth and decency are sometimes at variance. All men and all propositions are to be treated here as they deserve, and there are many who have no claim either to respect or decency.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Truth allows no choice.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Truth has no gradations; nothing which admits of increase can be so much what it is, as truth is truth. There may be a strange thing, and a thing more strange. But if a proposition be true, there can be none more true.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Truth, such as is necessary to the reputation of life, is always found where it is honestly sought.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is easier to be mistaken about the true than the beautiful.
      - Joseph Joubert

Time and truth are friends, though there are many moments hostile to truth.
      - Joseph Joubert

Truth takes the stamp of the souls it enters. It is rigorous and rough in arid souls, but tempers and softens itself in loving natures.
      - Joseph Joubert

What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
      - Joseph Joubert

A writer who builds his arguments upon facts is not easily to be confuted. He is not to be answered by general assertions or general reproaches. He may want eloquence to amuse and persuade; but, speaking truth, he must always convince.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is all
  Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
      - John Keats (1), Ode on a Grecian Urn
         (st. 5)

Better be cheated to the last,
  Than lose the blessed hope of truth.
      - Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (Mrs. Butler)

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.
      - Stephen King (used pseudonym Richard Bachman)

Pray over every truth; for though the renewed heart is not "desperately wicked," it is quite deceitful enough to become so, if God be forgotten a moment.
      - Charles Kingsley

A man has no more right to utter untruths to his own disparagement than to his own praise. Truth is absolute. It is obligatory under all circumstances, and in all relations.
      - John Kitto

The real truths are those that can be invented.
      - Karl Kraus

Truth is like a pearl: he alone possesses it who has plunged into the depths of life and torn his bands on the rocks of Time.
      - Edouard Rene Lefebure Laboulaye

The opposite of what is noised about concerning men and things is often the truth.
  [Fr., Le contraire des bruits qui courent des affaires ou des personnes est souvent la verite.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (XII)

Truth sometimes corner unawares upon Caution, and sometimes speaks in public as unconsciously as in a dream.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in large, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Truth and justice are the immutable laws of social order.
      - Marquis Pierre Simon de La Place

Truth does not do so much good in the world, as the appearance of it does evil.
  [Fr., La verite ne fait pas tant de bien dans le monde, que ses apparences y font de mal.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes

The man who loves with his whole heart truth will love still more he who suffers for truth.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The greater the truth the greater the libel.
      - attributed to Edward Law, 1st Lord Ellenborough,
        (about 1789), Burns credits statement to Lord Mansfield

Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.
      - Madeleine L'Engle

Did the Almighty, holding in his right hand truth, and in his left hand search after truth, deign to proffer me the one I might prefer, in all humility, but without hesitation, I should request search after truth.
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

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