"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."

Niels BOHR
Danish physicist (1885-1962)

"When the conspiracy of lies surrounding me demands of me to silence the one word of truth given to me, that word becomes the one word I wish to utter above all others."

South African author and professor of literature

"Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water."

Spanish novelist, dramatist, and poet (1547–1616)

"It is no use painting the foot of the tree white, the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint."

West Indian poet and essayist (1913–)

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names."


"Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic "

Fyodor Mikhailovich DOSTOYEVSKY
Notes from Underground
Russian novelist (

"Truth never damages a cause that is just."

Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) GANDHI
Indian political and spiritual leader (1869-1948)

"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it."

André GIDE
French author (1869-1951)

"Truth is not determined by majority vote."


"One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, 'I have it', merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it."

Henrik IBSEN
Norwegian dramatist and poet (1828-1906)

"The inner censor of the mind of the true believer completes the work of the public censor; his self-discipline is as tyrannical as the obedience imposed by the regime; he terrorizes his own conscience into submission; he carries his private Iron Curtain inside his skull, to protect his illusions against the intrusion of reality."

English writer, b. Budapest (1905–83)

"Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen."
Jewish rabbi, physician, and philosopher (1135-1204)
"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies."

Friedrich Wilhelm NIETZSCHE
Human, All-too-Human
German philosopher (1844-1900)

"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."

Friedrich Wilhelm NIETZSCHE
German philosopher (1844-1900)

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

German philosopher, b. Danzig (1788-1860)

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

Hamlet, 1602
English dramatist and poet (1564-1616)

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

George Bernard SHAW
Irish playwright and critic (1856-1950)

"False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil."

Greek philosopher of Athens (469-399 B.C.)

"In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State."

Aleksandr Isayevich SOLZHENITSYN
Russian writer (1918-)

Last update: 26 January 2007

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