Thursday, April 16, 2009


It's only arrogance if you're wrong

Fight truth decay. . study the Bible daily.

Do you believe in truth?
If so, why?
What is truth?
Is truth real?
Can you prove truth?
How? Who says?
Is my truth different to your truth? If so, who is right? I think we must conclude wisely that as truth is incomprehensible we are not bound to regard it.
Do you believe in love?
If so, why?
What is love?
Is love real?
Can you prove love?
How? Who says?
Is my love different to your love? If so, who is right? I think we must conclude wisely that as love is incomprehensible we are not bound to regard it

When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.--Arab proverb

Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it. -Arab proverb

Tell the truth and run. -- Yugoslav proverb

Sentences which simply express moral judgements do not say anything. They are pure expressions of feeling and as such do not come under the category of truth and falsehood. -- A J Ayer. Language, Truth and Logic, ch6, 1936

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.-- Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Truth.

The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth. Pierre Bayle

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false. Pierre Bayle

As scarce as the truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.-- Josh Billings

Solomon bids us (Prov 23:23) to buy the truth, but doth not tell us what it must cost, because we must get it though it be never so dear. We must love it both shining and scorching. Every parcel of truth is precious as the filings of gold; we must either live with it, or die for it. THOMAS BROOKS

Christians are not to receive anything lightly that concerns faith and salvation. They need to try and examine it over and over. We are not to reject an error ignorantly, but rationally; nor are we to embrace a truth till we have debated and examined whether it is a truth or not. --Thomas Brooks

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. -- Giordano Bruno

Truth may be stretched, but it cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water. ~Miguel de Cervantes

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. -G.K. Chesterton ILN, 4/19/30

Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it. G. K. Chesterton

Doctrinal rightness and rightness of ecclesiastical position are important, but only as a starting point to go on into a living relationship -- and not as ends in themselves. --Francis Schaeffer, letter: 1954

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. --Chesterton, _The Man Who Was Orthodox_, 1963

The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth. --William J. Clinton. 10/15/95 speech at Univ. of C T

Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation, because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves. --Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) _Lacon_ [1825], Vol 2, No. 108

Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fatally mislead us, as those that are not wholly wrong; as no watches so effectually deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right. --C. C. Colton

The truth will make you free, but first it will make you miserable.-- Tom DeMarco

It is the pursuit of truth itself that the modern critics spurn. By reducing all truth to the level of opinion, they deny the legitimacy of distinctives between truth and error. Yet what is the goal of liberal education if not the ongoing search for truth? If education cannot help to separate truth from falsehood, beauty from vulgarity, right from wrong, then what can it teach us? DINESH D'SOUZA

Taxi drivers are always asking me, "Federico, why don't you make pictures we can understand?" I answer them that it is because I tell the truth, and the truth is never clear, while lies are quickly understood by everyone. An honest man is contradictory, and contradictions are more difficult to understand.I Fellini, by Charlotte Chandler,, p.97

The truth doesn't hurt unless it ought to.-- B. C. Forbes (1880-1954) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected. ~Mohandas Gandhi

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it: always. - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it. --Goethe

Americans understand that truth telling matters, I think. I hope. And I thought the press understood this, but I'm changing my mind. Look at all of the time and energy the media has spent policing George Bush's verbal gaffes while ignoring Gore's lying. While annoying and sometimes embarrassing, a speech problem is almost entirely meaningless. Moses stuttered, for heaven's sake. But lying goes to the heart of politics and turns it black. It is always relevant. And after eight years of Bill Clinton it is supremely relevant. -- Jonah Goldberg, Oct. 2000

Everyone may be entitled to his own opinion but everyone is not entitled to his own truth. Truth is but one.-- DOUG GROOTHIUS

Truth is not determined by majority vote.-- Doug Gwyn

The greatest jihad is to say the truth in front of the king. --Hadith

The only reason reason any one should believe Christianity is that it is true. Its truth rests on historical facts which do not change, truths which are open to tests normally applied to other events or claims. It is not a matter of whether it sells or whether it works or whether it feels good or provides meaningful experiences. What Christianity teaches is the correct explanation of reality. DICK HALVERSON

Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting. - William Randolph Hearst (863 &endash; 1951)

It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated ; the only question is; "Is it true in and for itself?" ~Georg Hegel (1770-1831), The Philosophy of History, ch.2 (1837)

No one truth is rightly held till it is clearly conceived and stated, and no single truth is adequately comprehended till it is viewed in harmonious relations to all the other truths of the system of which Christ is the centre.- A. A. Hodge

To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats- we know it not. --Eric Hoffer

Live truth instead of professing it. - Elbert Hubbard

Veracity is the heart of morality. -- Thomas Henry Huxley

Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself. She is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate. Thomas Jefferson

There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world. -- Thomas Jefferson

......and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them. Jefferson, Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. draft.Section I

Inconsistencies ... cannot both be right; but, imputed to man, they may both be true.
Samuel Johnson: Rasselas [the character Imlac]

I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth. Johnson (1709-1784)

Truth is scarcely to be heard but by those from whom it can serve no interest to conceal it.- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #150

Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; ere long she shall appear to vindicate thee. - Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether his learning be great or small, but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not inquire, "Who said this?" but pay attention to what is said. --Thomas à Kempis'_The Imitation of Christ_ [c. 1420]: --Bk. 1, ch. 4: "On Prudence in Action"

Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder; it is a howling reproach. What Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai were not suggestions but ten commandments. -- TED KOPPEL, Duke commencement address

Satan knows that he can undermine the structure of the church by slyly removing just one fundamental doctrine at a time. He frequently loosens a large foundation gradually, chiseling it away bit by bit. That is why tolerance for the sake of peace may be dangerous. One step by giving in will lead to a next step, and will not God visit us with blindness if we deliberately darken the truth He has graciously entrusted to us. How shall we justify ourselves if we permit even a little of the truth to be laid aside? Is that ours to do? When peace is injurious to the truth, peace must give way. Peace with God is of greater value than peace with men.. -- Abraham Kuyper

Your Hindus certainly sound delightful. But what do they deny? That's always been my trouble with Indians--to find any proposition they would pronounce false. But truth must surely involve exclusions? --Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) _Letters of C.S. Lewis_ [1966], "8 February 1956" (In a letter to Dom Bede Griffiths, O.S.B. who was in India at the time.)

One of the great difficulties is to keep before the audience's mind the question of Truth. They always think you are recommending Christianity not because it is true but because it is good.... You have to keep forcing them back, and again back, to the real point. --God in the Dock , CS Lewis

Only today I have found a passage in a Christian writer where he recommends his own version of Christianity on the ground that 'only such a faith can outlast the death of old cultures and the birth of new civilisations.' You see the little rift? 'Believe this, not because it is true, but for some other reason.' That's the game."
C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters end of chapter XXIII

The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa. Lazarus Long (R. A. Heinlein)

New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.
James Russell Lowell

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. --Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Peace if possible, truth at all costs. Martin Luther

You need not tell all the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it all. But let all you tell be truth.-- Horace Mann

What must we contend for? For every truth of God, according to its moment and weight. The dust of gold is precious; and it is dangerous to be careless in the lesser truths: There is nothing superfluous in the cannon. - Thomas Manton

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make believe.-- W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938

Truth would quickly cease to become stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.--Mencken,_Men versus the Man_ III:22

The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.-- H. L. Mencken

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realised until personal experience has brought it home." -- John Stuart Mill

It's silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are all brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars, hypocrites, poltroons. Henry Miller

Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought
The better fight, who single hast maintain'd
Against revolted multitudes the Cause
Of Truth, in word mightier than they in Arms;
And for the testimony of Truth hast borne
Universal reproach, far worse to bear
Than violence.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book VI, 29 - 35
Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.-- John Milton The Reason of Church Government. Introduction, Book ii.

I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.-- John Milton Areopagitica.

Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do ingloriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple: who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? --John Milton Areopagitica.

We are born to inquire after truth; it belongs to a greater power to possess it. It is not, as Democritus said, hid in the bottom of the deeps, but rather elevated to an infinite height in the divine knowledge. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) _Essays_, Book III, Chapter 8 [1595], "Of the Art of Conversation"

Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth, to see it like it is and to tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth and live with the truth. That's what we'll do.-- Richard M Nixon , Nomination acceptance speech, Miami, 8 Aug 1968, 1968

I let down my friends, I let down my country. I let down our system of government.
Richard M Nixon , The Observer, `Sayings of the Week', 8 May 1977, 1977

Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man, the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold. Theodore Parker (1810-1860 _A Discourse of Matters Pertaining to Religion_ [1842]

We must always hold truth, as best we can determine it, to be more important, more vital to our self-interest, than our comfort.
Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful to truth must make himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable renascent errors -- Charles Peguy

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers."William Penn

Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted. -- Plato, 'Laws'

After the truth what is there save error?-- Quran 10:32

It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things until the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth. --Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853)

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.-- Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals, 1929

Never assume the obvious is true.-- William Safire

She took to telling the truth; she said she was forty-two and five months. It may have been pleasing to the angels, but her elder sister was not gratified.--Saki [Hector Hugh Munro] (1870-1916) _Reginald_ [1904]

Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation, regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong. Just as what we may call holiness without love is not God's kind of holiness, so also what we may call love without holiness, is not God's kind of love... A false spirit of accommodation is sweeping the world as well as the Church, including those who claim the label of evangelical. Francis Schaeffer The Great Evangelical Disaster

"There are no truths," he (Nietzsche) wrote. "only interpetations." Now, either what Nietzsche said is true - in which case it is not true, since there are no truths - or it is false. - Roger Scruton, The West and the Rest, ISI Books, 2002, p 74

A writer who says there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative,' is asking you not to believe him. So don't. --Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy.

Truthfulness so often goes with ruthlessness. - Dodie Smith (1896-1990) "I Capture the Castle," 1948.

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Truth is always the strongest argument.-- Sophocles (B.C. 495-406s

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth: anonymously and posthumously. -- Thomas Sowell

Long ago I ceased to count heads. Truth is usually in the minority in this evil world. C. H. SPURGEON

The quickest way to slay error is to proclaim the truth. The surest mode of extinguishing falsehood is to boldly advocate Scripture principles. Scolding and protesting will not be so effectual in resisting the progress of error as the clear proclamation of the truth in Jesus. CHARLES SPURGEON

Henry the Eighth would listen to Hugh Latimer though he denounced him to his face and even sent him on his birthday a handkerchief, on which was marked the text, "Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13:4) Henry cried, "Let us hear honest Hugh Latimer." Even bad men admire those who tell them the truth. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Volume 24 [1880]

Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths. -- Baroness Edith Summerskill

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.--Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)_Walden_ [1854], "Conclusion"

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. -- Leo Tolstoy

Truth is a glorious but hard mistress. She never consults, bargains or compromises.--A. W. Tozer

I would rather know the truth than be happy in ignorance. If I cannot have both truth and happiness, give me truth. We'll have a long time to be happy in heaven. --A. W. Tozer

"Let God be true but every man a liar" is the language of true faith. --A. W. Tozer

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. -- Harry S Truman

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. --Mark Twain

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain

Truth can understand error, but error cannot understand truth. - quoted by Maisie Ward, in Gilbert Keith Chesterton, p. 156, with no citation.

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves. --Daniel Webster

The present always needs to be deprived of its pretensions to being the most elevated moment in the story of the human spirit (or, as some charismatics would have it, the most dramatic), for this opens wide the door to pride and folly.-- David F. Wells No Place For Truth, p. 100

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.-- Oscar Wilde

I believe that in the end truth will conquer.--John Wycliffe (?1330-1384) in The Lion Christian Quotation Collection, 1997

But it is good to repeat fundamental truths and, if possible, bring them into new and fresh focus. A great truth is like a mountain that one walks around, and the changes of its contour, as one moves his position, only emphasize and revivify its majesty. - N C Wyeth

To deem all beliefs equally true is sheer nonsense for the simple reason that to deny that statement would also, then, be true. But if denial of the statement is also true, then all religions are not true. -- Ravi Zacharias "Jesus Among Other Gods"

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