„As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth — whatever the truth may be — that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.“
— June Jordan Poet, essayist, playwright, feminist and bisexual activist 1936 - 2002
"Life After Lebanon" (1984), later published in On Call : Political Essays (1985), and Some of Us Did Not Die : New and Selected Essays of June Jordan (2002)
„You must not believe anyone in the search for truth; you have to find out for yourself. But although you are on your own, help will come when it is really needed.“
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003
„You'll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said.“
— Sam Rayburn lawmaker from Bonham, Texas 1882 - 1961
W. B. Ragsdale, "An Old Friend Writes of Rayburn", in U.S. News & World Report (October 23, 1961), p. 72.
„Danger is like a nutrient for truth. When you have danger, you get the best truth. When it's safe, who cares?“
— Andrea Lewis (writer) Microsoft employee
"Eulogy" Pebble Lake Review, Vol. 4 Issue 3 (Summer, 2007)
„Do I have to say the words?
Do I have to tell the truth?
Do I have to shout it out?
Do I have to say a prayer?
Must I prove to you how good we are together?
Do I have to say the words?“
— Bryan Adams Canadian singer-songwriter 1959
Do I Have to Say the Words?, written by Bryan Adams, Mutt Lange, and Jim Vallance
„When what I believe is the truth, I must act on it. But, I consider that you have every right to think what you think is the truth. I pay a price for adhering to my truth. I pay and do it cheerfully.“
— Morarji Desai Former Indian Finance Minister, Freedom Fighters, Former prime minister 1896 - 1995
— Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1819 - 1891
„“You speak metaphorically, I hope,” said Peggy.
“I hope not,” said Becca. “Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.”“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
— Philip Pullman English author 1946
Context: "Lyra, I'm going to give you something, and you must promise to keep it private. Will you swear to that?" "Yes," Lyra said. He crossed to the desk and took from a drawer a small package wrapped in black velvet. When he unfolded the cloth, Lyra saw something like a large watch or a small clock: a thick disk of gold and crystal. It might have been a compass or something of the sort. "What is it?" she said. "It's an alethiometer. It's one of only six that were ever made. Lyra, I urge you again: keep it private. It would be better if Mrs. Coulter didn't know about it. Your uncle — " "But what does it do?" "It tells you the truth. As for how to read it, you'll have to learn by yourself. Now go — it's getting lighter — hurry back to your room before anyone sees you." The Master and Lyra, in Ch. 4 : The Alethiometer
„"The truth is whatever you can get away with."
"No, that’s journalism. The truth is whatever you can’t escape."“
— Greg Egan Australian science fiction writer and former computer programmer 1961
„I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900