Quotes on Truth And Reality

People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true. Robert Ringer

It is obvious that [leftists] are not cool-headed logicians systematically analyzing the foundations of knowledge. They are deeply involved emotionally in their attack on truth and reality. Theodore Kaczynski

In every system of theology, therefore, there is a chapter De libero arbitrio. This is a question which every theologian finds in his path, and which he must dispose of; and on the manner in which it is determined depends his theology, and of course his religion, so far as his theology is to him a truth and reality Charles Hodge

In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed. Henri Matisse

Truth and reality in art do not arise until you no longer understand what you are doing and are capable of but nevertheless sense a power that grows in proportion to your resistance. Henri Matisse

The realization of Truth and Reality can never be created by the mind ... it always comes as a gift of grace. Inquiry clears away misperceptions and illusions, making one available to the movements of grace. Adyashanti

All the followers of science are fully persuaded that the processes of investigation, if only pushed far enough, will give one certain solution to each question to which they can be applied.... This great law is embodied in the conception of truth and reality. The opinion which is fated to be ultimately agreed to by all who investigate is what we mean by the truth, and the object represented in this opinion is the real. Charles Sanders Peirce

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

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. Herbert Agar

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented. Georges Braque

You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth. Niels Bohr

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every time we tell a lie, the thing we fear grows stronger. Tad Williams

Nature expresses a design of love and truth. Pope Benedict Xvi

When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies. William Shakespeare

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. Aristotle

Honesty needs no disguise nor ornament; be plain. Thomas Otway

It is not without good reason, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying. Michel De Montaigne

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are. Niccolo Machiavelli

We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; and yet it is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed. James A Baldwin

Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth. Rene Daumal

To find reality you must be real in the smallest daily action; there can be no deceit in the search for truth. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

I am telling you that your perception of ultimate reality is more limited than you thought, and that Truth is more unlimited than you can imagine. Neale Donald Walsch

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on. Charles Haddon

We were always dreaming of how it was going to be. George Lucas

Things seemed to go back and forth between reality and imagination-except that it was all reality. Gary Paulsen

Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality. Jean Baudrillard

Rhythm is one of the principal translators between dream and reality. Edith Sitwell

Duration is not a test of truth or falsehood. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A man without tea in him is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. Okakura Kakuzo

Truth must be repeated again and again, because error is constantly being preached round about. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we must open our hands. Adolfo Perez Esquivel

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

To put more faith in lies and hate than truth and love, is the true atheism. James Russell Lowell

A fool must now and then be right, by chance William Cowper

Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril. David Sedaris

Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred. Vaclav Havel

Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and practice cannot be separated, and the sciences depend upon their separation. W H Auden

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. John Keats

Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do. Maurice Sendak

Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality. Nicolas Chamfort

Dreams can be deceiving, like faces are to hearts. Fiona Apple

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. Vincent de Paul

So, I think that's the centerpiece of morality: Don't lie. But to do that, you have to go a step further and find out what the truth is. George Mcgovern

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. Robert Breault

It is not uncommon to charge the difference between promise and performance, between profession and reality, upon deep design and studied deceit; but the truth is, that there is very little hypocrisy in the world. Samuel Johnson

The first undeniable reality is that every living thing dies, and the second undeniable reality is that we suffer throughout our lives because we don't understand death. The truth derived from these two points is the importance of clarifying the matter of birth and death. The third undeniable reality is that all of the thoughts and feelings that arise in my head simply arise haphazardly, by chance. And the conclusion we can derive from that is not to hold on to all that comes up in our head. That is what we are doing when we sit zazen. Kosho Uchiyama

The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Henry David Thoreau

The world is not a wish-granting factory. John Green

You speak of poverty and dependence. Who are poor and dependent? Who are rich and independent? When was it that men agreed to respect the appearance and not the reality? Henry David Thoreau

Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, and can only please by its resemblance. The appearance of reality is necessary to make any passion agreeably represented, and to be able to move others we must be moved ourselves, or at least seem to be so, upon some probable grounds. Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Confucius

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

The reason that truth is stranger than fiction is that fiction has to have a rational thread running through it in order to be believable, whereas reality may be totally irrational. Sydney J Harris

Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself. William Shakespeare

Some of the men and women who will not say in so many words the thing which is not, will deliberately give a false impression. They are not the servants of truth; they are the parasites of truth. Katharine Fullerton Gerould

No one believes a liar. Even when she's telling the truth. Sara Shepard

me: you know what sucks about love? o.w.g.: what? me: that it's so tied to the truth. I know it sucks, but in a way, it's good....Love and truth being tied together, I mean. They make each other possible, you know? John Green

Marriage is a strange combination of dream and reality, and we spend our lives as couples trying to negotiate that divide. Elizabeth Gilbert

I have a hyper-active imagination, my mind tends to jump around a little, and I have some trouble between fantasy and reality. Woody Allen

...dreams were dreams and reality was reality and she felt people were better off understanding the difference. Libba Bray

The highest of generalizations is the synergetic integration of truth and love. R Buckminster Fuller

The true Church is not an institution to be kept apart from the world because the world "is common and unclean," but a vital heart of truth and love, beating with the life of Jesus, and sending abroad its sanctifying pulsations until nothing shall be common and unclean. Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Enhance and intensify one's vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality. Ovid

Loneliness, insomnia, and change: the fear of these is even worse than the reality. Mignon Mclaughlin

In reality there are no others, and -helping yourself you help everybody else. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

He says we need to live in the real world, where war and death are a reality, not pretend. Pittacus Lore

The clash between science and religion has not shown that religion is false and science is true. It has shown that all systems of definition are relative to various purposes, and that none of them actually "grasp" reality. Alan Watts

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. Douglas Everett

Truth is one of the realities covered in the eclectic religion of our fathers by the idea of God. Awe very properly hangs about it, since it is the immovable standard and silent witness of all our memories and assertions; and the past and the future, which in our anxious life are so differently interesting and so differently dark, are one seamless garment for the truth, shining like the sun. George Santayana

All of us contain Music & Truth, but most of us can't get it out. Mark Twain

Every thing possible to be believ'd is an image of truth. William Blake

Time discovers truth. Seneca the Younger

Words are nets through which all truth escapes. Paula Fox

The truth which may not be told, is the truth which cannot be told. Mary Butts

There is but one poetry,-true poetry. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are all afraid of the truth. Friedrich Nietzsche

Perhaps nothing is entirely true, not even this. Multatuli

Pure truth is for God alone. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing



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