„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?“
„I do not have much liking for the too famous existential philosophy, and, to tell the truth, I think its conclusions false.“
— Albert Camus, livro Resistance, Rebellion, and Death
Resistance, Rebellion, and Death (1960), "Pessimism and Tyranny"
„… love one another, as the Lord says: "This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you." And let them show their love by the works they do for each other, according as the Apostle says: "let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth."“
— Francis of Assisi Catholic saint and founder of the Franciscan Order 1182 - 1226
Disputed, Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words., Francis of Assisi, Rule of 1221, Rule 11 http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/wosf/wosf06.htm/ - That the Brothers ought not to speak or detract, but ought to love one another.
„“I’ll do everything I can to help, I promise.”
“You always have,” Emily murmured. Except tell me the truth about anything.“
— M. K. Hobson, livro The Native Star
The Native Star (2010), Chapter 23, “The Skycladdische and the Sangrimancer” (p. 329)
„I often talk to people who say, ‘No, we have to be hopeful and to inspire each other, and we can’t tell [people] too many negative things’ . . . But, no — we have to tell it like it is. Because if there are no positive things to tell, then what should we do, should we spread false hope? We can’t do that, we have to tell the truth.“
— Greta Thunberg Swedish climate change activist 2003
2019, Quoted in Greta Thunberg: ‘All my life I’ve been the invisible girl,' Leslie Hook https://www.ft.com/content/4df1b9e6-34fb-11e9-bd3a-8b2a211d90d5Financial Times (22 February 2019)
„Believe it, if you will, or otherwise, believe it not, I care not which of them you do, they are both alike to me. It shall be sufficient for my purpose to have told you the truth, and the truth I will tell you.“
— Francois Rabelais, livro Gargantua and Pantagruel
Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Third Book (1546), Context: I have already related to you great and admirable things; but, if you might be induced to adventure upon the hazard of believing some other divinity of this sacred Pantagruelion, I very willingly would tell it you. Believe it, if you will, or otherwise, believe it not, I care not which of them you do, they are both alike to me. It shall be sufficient for my purpose to have told you the truth, and the truth I will tell you. Chapter 52 : How a certain kind of Pantagruelion is of that nature that the fire is not able to consume it
„I have to acknowledge what I need in my life. If I want peace, I have to acknowledge it. I have to say to myself, in the simplest of words, 'Yes. I feel the thirst for peace.' I can use fancy words to impress other people, but I cannot use fancy words to impress me. If I want to impress me, I have to speak the truth. Maybe to the world, truth is a scary word, but truth is what the heart wants to hear. That thirst needs to be quenched. Peace is what the heart needs to feel.“
— Prem Rawat controversial spiritual leader 1957
2000s, Address by Prem Rawat to members of the Italian Parliament (July 2004)
„I have been given the authority over you, and I am not the best of you. If I do well, help me; and if I do wrong, set me right. Sincere regard for truth is loyalty and disregard for truth is treachery. The weak amongst you shall be strong with me until I have secured his rights, if God will; and the strong amongst you shall be weak with me until I have wrested from him the rights of others, if God will. Obey me so long as I obey God and His Messenger. But if I disobey God and his Messenger, ye owe me no obedience. Arise for your prayer, God have mercy upon you!“
— Abu Bakr First Muslim Caliph and a companion of Muhammad 573 - 634
After assuming the office of Caliph, Abu Bakr's first address was as follows, quoted in Tareekh Ibn Kathir, Vol. 6, p. 305-306, As quoted in Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources (1983) by Martin Lings, p. 344 Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Abu Bakr / Quotes
„More: I am faint when I think of the worst that they may do to me. But worse than that would be to go without you not understanding why I go.
Alice: I don't!
More: Alice, if you can tell me that you understand, I think I can make a good death, if I have to.
Alice: Your death's no "good" to me!
More: Alice, you must tell me that you understand!
Alice: I don't! I don't believe this had to happen.
More: If you say that, Alice, I don't know how I'm to face it.
Alice: It's the truth!
More: You're an honest woman.
Alice: Much good it may do me! I'll tell you what I'm afraid of: that when you're gone, I shall hate you for it.“
— Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons (1960), Act II
„Do not treat me in this fashion. Don't leave me out. Have I not
Always spoken the truth in my books?“
— Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
Context: Do not treat me in this fashion. Don't leave me out. Have I not Always spoken the truth in my books? And now You treat me like a liar! I order you: Burn me! Those who lead the country into the abyss Call ruling too difficult For ordinary men. Ah, what an age it is When to speak of trees is almost a crime For it is a kind of silence about injustice! A response to the Nazi book burnings, in "To Posterity" (1939) as translated by H. R. Hays (1947)
„What have I to say to the Doctor’s personal abuse? Nothing. A man may call me a devil, or the devil, or he may say that I am incapable of telling the truth, or that I tell lies, and yet all this proves nothing. My arguments remain unanswered. I cannot afford to call Dr. Buckley names, I have good mental manners. The cause I represent (in part) is too great, too sacred, to be stained by an ignorant or a malicious personality.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
A Christmas Sermon (1890)
„"I have such respect for the actual truth that there are moments when I do not dare to call things by their name," the poet ended.“
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
The Inferno (1917), Ch. XVI
„You wonder what I am doing? Well, so do I, in truth. Days seem to dawn, suns to shine, evenings to follow, and then I sleep. What I have done, what I am doing, what I am going to do, puzzle and bewilder me. Have you ever been a leaf and fallen from your tree in autumn and been really puzzled about it? That's the feeling.“
— T. E. Lawrence British archaeologist, military officer, and diplomat 1888 - 1935
Letter to Eric Kennington (6 May 1935)
„A person with no children says, "Well I just love children," and you say "Why?" and they say, "Because a child is so truthful, that's what I love about 'em — they tell the truth." That's a lie, I've got five of 'em. The only time they tell the truth is if they're having pain.“
— Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937
„To tell the truth, I myself never quite feel that I know what I am talking about — if I did, and when I do, the thing written seems nothing to me. However, what I do write and allow to survive I always feel is worth while and that nobody else has ever come as near as I have to the thing I have intimated if not expressed. To me it's a matter of first understanding that which may not be put to words. I might add more but to no purpose. In a sense, I must express myself, you're right, but always completely incomplete if that means anything.“
— William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963
General sources, To Harriet Monroe (14 October 1913), published in The Selected Letters of William Carlos Williams (1957) edited by John C. Thirlwall, p. 26
„That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works.“
— Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964
White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)