Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
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.
Truth strikes us from behind, and in the dark, as well as from before and in broad day-light.
To live in relations of truth & sincerity with men is to dwell in a frontier country.
It takes two to speak the truth, — one to speak, and another to hear.
Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.
If we dealt only with the false and dishonest, we should at last forget how to speak truth.
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well as the truth. This alone wears well.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
In accumulating property for ourselves or our posterity, in founding a family or a state, or acquiring fame even, we are mortal; but in dealing with truth we are immortal, and need fear no change or accident.