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Pope Pius V quote[edit]

I've removed this quote, attributed to Pope St. Pius V: "He who knows the truth and does not speak it is a miserable coward and not a Christian!" from the article. I can't find anything to support that he's ever said it; a Yahoo search turns up one result (a heavily biased article about genocide in Armenia) and a Google search yields only eight hits, of which only two are in English, and one is the same as the result from the Yahoo search. The other is a user signature in a comment to an editorial piece about Bush and Kerry. Without any evidence to support that the quote was actually said, and said by Pius V, it has no place on the page. —LrdChaos 20:30, 5 April 2006 (UTC)[reply]


I was looking for a quote from Sanskrit: Sabadanam dhamadanam djinati, or something like that, perhaps spelled different, with the meaning "Greatest of all gifts is Trouth". Could somebody help me with this?

Scruton quote reviewed[edit]

'When truth cannot make itself known in words, it will make itself known in deeds' is not present on page 22 of The New Criterion, Jan 2006. Nor elswhere in Scruton's essay Limits to democracy as it appears in that publication.

it is in SEPTEMBER 2006 "Should he have spoken?"

Thanks for that information. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 07:42, 31 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]


Published sources should be provided before moving these back into the article
  • Truth is Nothing rather, simply, a Prototype of our Mind.
  • It does not require many words to speak the truth.
  • Any fool can be honest, for it is only what he knows. A wise man is aware of when to share the truth.
    • Vedran Empress Yoweri XXIII, CY 2932.
  • Mankind will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
  • Truth — Something somehow discreditable to someone.
  • To me, truth is not some vague, foggy notion. Truth is real. And, at the same time, unreal. Fiction and fact and everything in between, plus some things I can't remember, all rolled into one big 'thing'. This is truth, to me.
  • Show up & choose to be present, pay attention to what has heart and meaning, tell the truth without blame or judgment, and be open rather than attached to the outcome.
  • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
  • The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
  • Truth would quickly cease to become stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.
  • I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
  • Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
  • A man protesting against error is on the way towards uniting himself with all men that believe in truth.
  • Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.
  • I don't give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.
  • Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.
  • There are truths that are not for all men, nor for all times.
  • There are no whole truths. All truths are half truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
  • I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.
  • Perhaps, moreover, he whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious.
  • Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
  • The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.
  • In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
  • Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.
  • As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
  • It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
  • It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.
  • From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
  • Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.
  • Chase after truth like hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.
  • Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially insofar as it might bring out something favourable for the opponent.
  • The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
  • The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.
  • Man is fed with fables through life, and leaves it in the belief he knows something of what has been passing, when in truth he has known nothing but what has passed under his own eye.
  • My convictions, positive and negative, on all the matters of which you speak, are of long and slow growth and are firmly rooted. But the great blow which fell on me [Huxley's little son had died some days earlier] seemed to stir them to their foundation, and had I lived a couple of centuries earlier I could have fancied a devil scoffing at me and them — and asking me what profit it was to have stripped myself of the hopes and consolations of the mass of mankind? To which my only reply was and is — Oh devil! Truth is better than much profit. I have searched over the grounds of my belief, and if wife and child and name and fame were all to be lost to me one after the other as the penalty, still I will not lie.
  • All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
  • No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
  • I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
  • There are but few saints amongst scientists, as among other men, but truth itself is a goal comparable with sanctity.
  • Basically, I have this theory that there are five kinds of truth. (This is Joe's Theory of the Five Truths.) There is the truth you tell to casual strangers and acquaintances. There is the truth you tell to your general circle of friends and family members. There is the truth you tell to only one or two people in your entire life. There is the truth you tell to yourself. And finally, there is the truth that you do not admit even to yourself. And it's that fifth truth that provides some of the most interesting drama ...
  • Nothing is true. All is permitted.
    • Last words of Hassan i Sabbah; this also occurs in the Thomas Common translation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
  • You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time.
  • The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple
  • If a man tells a lie, thinking it is the truth, does that make him a liar?
  • The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.
  • Not to oppose error is to approve of it, and not to defend truth is to suppress it, and, indeed, to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is not less a sin than to encourage them.
  • It's not a lie if you believe it.
    • George Costanza, in Seinfeld (advice on lying effectively)
  • If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
  • There are always four sides to a story: your side, their side, the truth and what really happened.
  • You need not tell all the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it all, but let all you tell be truth.
  • The truth is so simple that it is regarded as a pretentious banality.
  • You're never terrified when you say what you mean — are you?
    • Mo Mowlem, (Taken from an appearance on a television talk show, c 2000.)
  • Truth is truth.
  • Truth is absolute.
    • in "K-PAX"
  • There is some fiction in your truth, and some truth in your fiction. To know the truth, you must risk everything.
  • Actions are the fruit of all truth, it is by your words you may be heard, but by your actions you will be judged.
  • The complete truth is not the prerogative of the human judge.
  • Truth and love must prevail over lies and hate.
  • One owes respect to the living: To the Dead one owes only the truth.
  • Peace, if possible, but the truth at any rate.
  • Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Image overuse??[edit]

Even after I removed some duplicate images (and one broken image), this page has 55 images on it - which seems to be to be far beyond what is necessary. Anyone agree or disagree? ~ UDScott (talk) 18:30, 15 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]

An image with an unsourced quotation is unhelpful decoration. Is there a source for "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt". It does not appear on the linked Roosevelt page. --Bill Freese (talk) 18:08, 29 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]

The source is provided in the body text of this article page; I have also added that quote to the FDR article page as well. ~ Kalki·· 18:25, 29 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]