„Truth is not always the best basis for happiness.“
„Faith is the best wealth for a man in this world. Righteousness when well practised brings happiness. Truth is the sweetest of flavours. They say the life of one living by wisdom is the best.“
— Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -566 - -483 a.C.
„It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality.“
— Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014
Context: It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination. p. 322
— Margery Allingham English writer of detective fiction 1904 - 1966
„It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.“
— Jerome K. Jerome English humorist 1859 - 1927
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„Truth is best (of all that is) good. As desired, what is being desired is truth for him who (represents) the best truth.“
— Zoroaster Persian prophet and founder of Zoroastrianism
Ahunuvaiti Gatha; Yasna 27, 14.
„The telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.“
— Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
Interviewed by J. Rentilly, "The Best Jokes Are Dangerous" http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2002/09/16vonnegut1.html, McSweeny's (September 2002)
— Jessica Lynch Recipient of the Purple Heart medal 1983
Context: My hero is every American who says "My country needs me" and answers that call to fight. I had the good fortune and opportunity to come home and to tell the truth; many soldiers, like Pat Tillman... did not have that opportunity. The truth of war is not always easy. The truth is always more heroic than the hype. Her final statement has also been quoted in news reports as "The truth of war is not always easy to hear but it is always more heroic than the hype".
„I believe that love of truth is the basis of all real virtue, and that virtues based upon lies can only do harm.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Context: The governors of the world believe, and have always believed, that virtue can only be taught by teaching falsehood, and that any man who knew the truth would be wicked. I disbelieve this, absolutely and entirely. I believe that love of truth is the basis of all real virtue, and that virtues based upon lies can only do harm.