Quotes on Telling The Truth

I don't tell the truth any more to those who can't make use of it. I tell it mostly to myself, because it always changes me. Anais Nin

I no longer count as one of my merits that I always tell the truth as much as possible; it has become my metier. Sigmund Freud

When you sing, always tell the truth. Billie Holiday

Outing is a nasty word for telling the truth. Armistead Maupin

It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it. Baltasar Gracian

Telling the truth will lead you to freedom; telling the lies will lead you to slavery. Jamison Green

Tell the truth or trump-but get the trick. Mark Twain

You needn't think there is nothing you can do-you can tell the truth. Daniel Ellsberg

To tell the truth, I never think about a homer. I'm just thinking of the situation and what I've got to do when I go to the plate. Sammy Sosa

Lots of old slaves closes the door before they tell the truth about their days of slavery. Martin Jackson

Truth telling is not compatible with the defence of the realm. George Bernard Shaw

It is not worth while to strain one's self to tell the truth to people who habitually discount everything you tell them, whether it is true or isn't. Mark Twain

Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it. Gilbert K Chesterton

If you don't tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth about your own life, someone may claim the right to tell it for you. Lucinda Roy

We don't believe a liar even when he tells the truth. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Do you not know that every religion in the world has declared every other religion a fraud? Yes, we all know it. That is the time all religions tell the truth - each of the other. Robert Green Ingersoll

I don't mind what the opposition say of me so long as they don't tell the truth about me. But when they descend to telling the truth about me I consider that this is taking an unfair advantage. Mark Twain

When in doubt, tell the truth. That maxim I did invent, but never expected it to be applied to me. I did say, "When you are in doubt," but when I am in doubt myself I use more sagacity. Mark Twain

There is a case for telling the truth; there is a case for avoiding the scandal; but there is no possible defense for the man who tells the scandal, but does not tell the truth Gilbert K Chesterton

When all else fails, tell the truth. Donald T Regan

I'm so far gone that I'm telling the truth. It sounds like a foreign language. Richard Peck

We can lie in the language of dress or try ot tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent. Alison Lurie

Always tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember what you said. Mark Twain

Telling the truth ... is not solely a matter of moral character; it is also a matter of correct appreciation of real situations and of serious reflection upon them. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. Richard J Needham

What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination. Warren G. Bennis

If you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory. Jesse Ventura

Always tell the truth or the truth will tell on you. Frank K. Sonnenberg

When you're dealing with your life, my God, you gotta tell the truth. Elaine Stritch

Seek the truth. Tell the truth. Live in truth. Isaiah Washington

In society, one doesn't tell the truth, one tells the exact opposite. Nelson Eddy

I like to do my principal research in bars, where people are more likely to tell the truth or, at least, lie less convincingly than they do in briefings and books. P. J. O'Rourke

Tell the truth. Do your best no matter how trivial the task. Choose the difficult right over the easy wrong. Look out for the group before you look out for yourself. Don't whine or make excuses. Judge others by their actions and not by their race or other characteristics. James F Amos

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth. Robert Foster Bennett

Sometimes it seem like to tell the truth today is to run the risk of being killed. But if I fall, I'll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom. I'm not backing off. Fannie Lou Hamer

Tell the Truth, and speak from your pay-grade. Don't try to answer questions that would better be directed to the battalion commander or Gen. William Westmoreland or President Lyndon Johnson. If you are a squad leader, answer questions about what you know and do. Hal Moore

If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, 'Tell the truth.' If I got three more words, I'd add: 'All the time.' Randy Pausch

The man who boasts that he habitually tells the truth is simply a man with no respect for it. It is not a thing to be thrown about loosely, like small change; it is something to be cherished and hoarded and disbursed only when absolutely necessary. The smallest atom of truth represents some man's bitter toil and agony; for every ponderable chunk of it there is a brave truth-seeker's grave upon some lonely ash-dump and a soul roasting in Hell. H L Mencken

Fear is a place where you just tell the truth Clive Barker

I leave a lot out when I tell the truth Amy Hempel

When you can't tell the truth, tell *a* truth. Greg Cox

I have risked everything to tell the truth. Tell the truth Maya Angelou

... when caught unawares I usually tell the truth, and what's duller than that? Iris Murdoch

I always tell the truth about what I'm selling, and then nobody buys it. Orson Scott Card

He who tells the truth says almost nothing. Antonio Porchia

If you will stop all searching right now and tell the truth to yourself, you will know what is known in the core of your bones. You will know it with no image of it, no concept of it, no thought of it. You will know it as that which has eternally been here. And you will know it as yourself. Gangaji

I have been involved with this stuff [newspapers, television] all my life, but I'm involved, so I know when you're telling the truth and when you're not. Donald Trump

I'm not a great collaborator, to tell the truth. George Michael

None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth. Mark Twain

Everyone has the right to tell the truth about her own life. Ellen Bass

My assignment is what every writer's assignment is: tell the truth of his own time. Leslie Fiedler

The writer's job is to tell the truth, Ernest Hemingway

It's a lot easier to tell the truth usually. Elliott Smith


it's always best to tell the truth. Rudyard Kipling

I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they're telling the truth. The fact is they're using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they're telling the truth about the human being- what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other. Maya Angelou

Truth-telling frightens me. Lying confuses me. Mason Cooley

Tell the truth as soon as you know it. Neale Donald Walsch

Tell the truth, but lead so improbable a life that the truth will never be believed. Aleister Crowley

I never saw any good that came of telling truth. John Dryden

Telling the truth is always revolutionary Antonio Gramsci

It takes few words to tell the truth. Chief Joseph

All I did was tell the truth. That's is what the whole show is about! And if Politically Incorrect has to go down for it, so be it! Bill Maher

I say, when you tell the truth, you never offend nobody, particularly if you do it with dignity. Pat Cooper

Telling the truth is absolutely important. Jonathan Karl

Truth disappears with the telling of it. Lawrence Durrell

To tell the truth is revolutionary. Antonio Gramsci

Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams. W Somerset Maugham

You can read everybody. It's not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it's false. Charles Olson

A radical is one who speaks the truth. Charles August Lindbergh

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have. Elizabeth Bowen

Telling the truth after proper investigation is the height of courage. Wafa Sultan

Always tell the truth and be true. Emily Saliers

To tell the truth days are all the same size and words aren't much company. Anne Sexton

Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. Neil Gaiman

Tell the truth and not the facts. Maya Angelou

Now now, Emily, it isn't nice to tell the truth. Jun Mochizuki

The young are not afraid of telling the truth. Anne Frank

When the good pictures come, we hope they tell truths, but truths 'told slant,' just as Emily Dickinson commanded. Sally Mann

I wished to tell the truth, for truth always conveys its own moral to those who are able to receive it. Anne Bronte



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