Truth Quotations


Truth is ever returning into herself. I glimpse one feature to-day, another to-morrow; and the next day they are blended.—Journal, 13 November 1837
Whatever of past or present wisdom has published itself to the world, is palpable falsehood till it come and utter itself by my side.—Journal, 4 August 1838
Falsehoods that glare and dazzle are sloped toward us, reflecting full in our faces even the light of the sun. Wait till sunset, or go round them, and the falsity will be apparent.—Journal, 11 February 1840
Truth has properly no opponent, for nothing gets so far up on the other side as to be opposite.—Journal, 12 February 1840
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.—Walden
It is a rare qualification to be able to state a fact simply & adequately. To digest some experience cleanly. To say yes and no with authority. To make a square edge. To conceive & suffer the truth to pass through us living & intact.—Journal, 1 November 1851
Truth strikes us from behind, and in the dark, as well as from before and in broad day-light.—Journal, 5 November 1837
To live in relations of truth & sincerity with men is to dwell in a frontier country.—Journal, 12 January 1852
It takes two to speak the truth, — one to speak, and another to hear.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.—Walden
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