„It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him.“

—  Max Planck, Where Is Science Going? (1932)
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„I claim no perfection for my self. But I do claim to be a passionate seeker after Truth, which is but another name for God.“

—  Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Context: This is no appeal made by a man who does not know his business. I have been practising with scientific precision non-violence and its possibilities for an unbroken period of over fifty years. I have applied it in every walk of life, domestic, institutional, economic and political. I know of no single case in which it has failed. Where it has seemed sometimes to have failed, I have ascribed it to my imperfections. I claim no perfection for my self. But I do claim to be a passionate seeker after Truth, which is but another name for God. In the course of the search the discovery of non-violence came to me. Its spread is my life-mission. I have no interest in living except for the prosecution of that mission.

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„The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.“

—  Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Context: Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it. Hercule Poirot

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„I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him.“

—  Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
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„What is a Sufi? Strictly speaking, every seeker after the ultimate truth is really a Sufi, whether he calls himself that or not.“

—  Hazrat Inayat Khan Indian Sufi 1882 - 1927
Context: What is a Sufi? Strictly speaking, every seeker after the ultimate truth is really a Sufi, whether he calls himself that or not. But as he seeks truth according to his own particular point of view, he often finds it difficult to believe that others, from their different points of view, are yet seeking the same truth, and always with success, though to a varying degree. That is in fact the point of view of the Sufi and it differs from others only in its constant endeavor to comprehend all others as within itself. It seeks to realize that every person, following his own particular line in life, nevertheless fits into the scheme of the whole and finally attains not only his own goal, but the one final goal of all. Hence every person can be called a Sufi either as long as he is seeking to understand life, or as soon as he is willing to believe that every other human being will also find and touch the same ideal. When a person opposes or hinders the expression of a great ideal, and is unwilling to believe that he will meet his fellow men as soon as he has penetrated deeply enough into every soul, he is preventing himself from realizing the unlimited. All beliefs are simply degrees of clearness of vision. All are part of one ocean of truth. The more this is realized the easier is it to see the true relationship between all beliefs, and the wider does the vision of the one great ocean become.

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„The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
As quoted in A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity (2007) by John Clippinger, p. 130 Compare: "The distinguishing property of man is to search for and to follow after truth." – De Officiis, Book I, 13

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„If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.“

—  René Descartes French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist 1596 - 1650
Original Latin: Veritatem inquirenti, semel in vita de omnibus, quantum fieri potest, esse dubitandum Variant translation: If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.

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„To me it is a riddle that, who for most of his life was a fanatical representative of extreme opinions in the social debate, could present a completely different personality in the scholarly context. During the period when I knew him he was the diffident seeker after scientific truth.“

—  Bertil Ohlin Swedish economist and politician 1899 - 1979
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