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Pure truth is for God alone.
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

Great truths always dwell a long time with small minorities, and the real voice of God is often that which rises above the masses, not that which follows them.
      - Francis Lieber

Truth is truth, though from an enemy, and spoken in malice.
      - George Lillo

Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
      - Abraham Lincoln

It is said that truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished.
  [Lat., Veritatem laborare nimis saepe, aiunt, extingui nunquam.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXII, 39)

Till a man can judge whether they be truths or not, his understanding is but little improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little knowing.
      - John Locke (1)

Truth, whether in or out of fashion, is the measure of knowledge and the business of the understanding; whatsoever is besides that, however authorized by consent or recommended by rarity, is nothing but ignorance or something worse.
      - John Locke (1)

The best way to come to truth being to examine things as really they are, and not to conclude they are, as we fancy of ourselves, or have been taught by others to imagine.
      - John Locke (1), Human Understanding
         (bk. II, ch. XII)

To love truth for truth's sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues.
      - John Locke (1),
        Letter to Anthony Collins, Esq.

When by night the frogs are croaking, kindle buy a torch's fire;
  Ha! how soon they all are silent! Thus Truth silence the liar.
      - Baron Friedrich von Logau,
        see Longfellow's translation "Poetic Aphorisms, Truth"

The nimble lie
  Is like the second-hand upon a clock;
    We see it fly; while the hour-hand of truth
      Seems to stand still, and yet it moves unseen,
        And wins, at last, for the clock will not strike
          Till it has reached the goal.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Who dares
  To say that he alone has found the truth?
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus
         (pt. III, John Endicott, act II, sc. 3)

Truth always has a bewitching savor of newness in it, and novelty at the first taste recalls that original sweetness to the tongue; but alas for him who would make the one a substitute for the other.
      - James Russell Lowell

Truth only needs to be for once spoken out; and there's such music in her, such strange rhythm, as makes men's memories her joyous slaves.
      - James Russell Lowell

Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all are agreed. She is said to lie at the bottom of a well, for the very reason, perhaps, that whoever looks down in search of her sees his own image at the bottom, and is persuaded not only that he has seen the goddess, but that she is far better-looking than he had imagined.
      - James Russell Lowell

Get but the truth once uttered, and 'tis like
  A star new-born that drops into its place
    And which, once circling in its placid round,
      Not all the tumult of the earth can shake.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        A Glance Behind the Curtain (l. 173)

Put golden padlocks on Truth's lips, be callous as ye will,
  From soul to soul, o'er all the world, leaps one electric thrill.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        On the Capture of Certain Fugitive Slaves near Washington

Then to side with Truth is noble when we share her wretched crust,
  Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and 'tis prosperous to be just;
    Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside,
      Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is crucified.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis

Truth forever on the scaffold. Wrong forever on the throne.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis

Peace if possible, truth at all costs.
      - Martin Luther

Peace, if possible, but the truth at any rate.
      - Martin Luther,
        sometimes "justice" instead of "the truth"

Children and fooles speake true.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Endymion

Not a truth has to art or to science been given,
  But brows have ached for it, and souls toil'd and striven;
    And many have striven, and many have fail'd,
      And many died, slain by the truth they assail'd.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto VI, st. 1)

The germs of all truth lie in the soul, and when the ripe moment comes, the truth within answers to the fact without as the flower responds to the sun, giving it form for heat and color for light.
      - Hamilton Wright Mabie

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