„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'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.
„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
Knowing Yourself: The True in the False (1996)
— Isabel Allende, livro Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
„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
2000-09, "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
Song lyrics, Waking Up the Neighbours (1991), 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
„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
The Tales of Alvin Maker, Alvin Journeyman (1995), Chapter 3.
„Whatever it says in the bible the truth remains. You can read the bible and dismiss it as nonsense if you like; you can dismiss it as nonsense without reading it to save time if you prefer.“
— Simon Munnery British comedian 1967
Attention Scum! (2001), How To Live (2005)
— Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy
His Dark Materials, The Golden Compass (1995), 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
Fiction, Distress (1995)