Just as a tested and rugged virtue of the moral hero is worth more than the lovely, tender, untried innocence of the child, so is the massive strength of a soul that has conquered truth for itself worth more than the soft peach-bloom faith of a soul that takes truth on trust.
Candor may be considered as a compound of justice and the love of truth.
Hell is truth seen too late.
The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
Whoever sets out to persuade men to accept a new idea, or one which seems to be new, not just as an idea, but as a truth that is felt, should know beforehand that the human mind is not a blank sheet, on which one an write with ease, and should not therefore grieve or despair when he finds that people do not pay attention to him.
The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
The most intangible, and therefore the worst, kind of lie is a half truth. This is the peculiar device of a “conscientious” detractor.
Once thing here is worth a great deal, to pass thy life in truth and justice, with a benevolent disposition even to liars and unjust men.
The greatest of all pleasures consists in the contemplation of truth.
Right thinking is a prerequisite to right living... In truth the destiny of any life is determined by what fills that mind.
Beauty, like truth and justice, lives within us; like virtue, and like moral law, it is a companion of the soul.
The farther you enter into the truth, the deeper it is.
Nothing has wrought more prejudice to religion, or brought more disparagement upon truth, than boisterous and unseasonable zeal.
Truth breeds hatred.
The truth shall set you free.
Sentiment and principle are often mistaken for each other, though, in fact, they widely differ. Sentiment is the virtue of ideas; principle the virtue of action. Sentiment has its seat in the had; principle, in the heart. Sentiment suggest fine harangues and subtle distinctions; principle conceives just notions, and performs good actions in consequence of them. Sentiment refines away the simplicity of truth, and the plainness of piety; and "gives us virtue in words, and vice in deeds."
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
A truth-seeker will not check to see if a person who admonished him is worthy or not. Rather, he weighs the complaint to see if it is valid or not.
Young people imagine there is great value in fame. Those with life experience know that in truth publicity is extremely short-lived. The nature of the world is that every piece of news makes an impression for only a very short time. After those few minutes the impression is erased and quickly forgotten. It is as if it never was.
The great seal of truth is simplicity.