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What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all
by Georges Bernanos

What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all
given our sons a taste for lies,
lies which from the cradle upwards lull them,
reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!
- Georges Bernanos

A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much,
and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
- Georges Bernanos

Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward.
- Georges Bernanos

Hell, madam, is to love no longer.
- Georges Bernanos

 

It's a fine thing to rise above pride,
but you must have pride in order to do so.
- Georges Bernanos

A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope,
illusion, more than bread.
- Georges Bernanos

Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it,
espouses it.
- Georges Bernanos

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The modern state no longer has anything but rights;
it does not recognize duties any more.
- Georges Bernanos

Hope is a risk that must be run.
- Georges Bernanos

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace,
like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless
but all together perfume the air.
- Georges Bernanos

It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear,
that shapes the face of a brave man.
- Georges Bernanos

The first sign of corruption in a society that is still
alive is that the end justifies the means.
- Georges Bernanos

No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.
- Georges Bernanos

Civilization exists precisely so that there may be
no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
- Georges Bernanos

Faith is not a thing which one "loses,"
we merely cease to shape our lives by it.
- Georges Bernanos

The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.
God can ask no more than that of us.
- Georges Bernanos

Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment,
it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions
of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine,
which we speak of as faith.
Impurity does not destroy this knowledge,
it slays our need for it.
- Georges Bernanos

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our actions are constrained by fear of reprisal,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The truth is a snare:
you cannot have it, without being caught.
You cannot have the truth
in such a way that you catch it,
but only in such a way that it catches you.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

About most subjects, there is not "The Truth;"
there is merely one's personal truth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

With manners comes insincerity.
Truth is sometimes difficult.
- Bono

Truth is not only violated by falsehood;
it may be equally outraged by silence.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

An error does not become truth
by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The false can never grow into truth by growing in power.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Even the truth, when believed, is a lie.
You must experience the truth, not believe it.
- Werner Erhard

Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There's a world of difference between truth and facts.
Facts can obscure truth.
- Maya Angelou

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment.
It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Truth is the property of no individual
but is the treasure of all men.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters
cannot be trusted in large ones either.
- Albert Einstein

God is, even though the whole world deny him.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Truth never damages a cause that is just.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Love is not a mere sentiment.
Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The truth is like a scalpel. The truth is painful.
- don Miguel Ruiz

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

Whoever undertakes to set himself up
as a judge of Truth and Knowledge
is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
- Albert Einstein

Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.
- The Buddha

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
- Carl Jung

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

If you shut the door to all errors,
truth will be shut out.
- Rabindranath Tagore

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth
than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
- Thomas Jefferson

Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth.
- Publius Cornelius Tacitus


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