I thus found that the student who wishes for a shelter can obtain one for a lifetime at an expense not greater than the rent which he now pays annually. If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself; and my shortcomings and inconsistencies do not affect the truth of my statement.
Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.
I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth.
Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love and in proportion to our truthfulness and confidence in one another, our lives are divine and miraculous, and answer to our ideal.... Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.
Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
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.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
Let us not underrate the value of a fact it will one day flower into a truth.
True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him.
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
I fear chiefly lest my expression may not be extravagant enough, may not wander far enough beyond the narrow limit of my daily experience, so as to be adequate to the truth of which I have been convinced. Extravagance it depends on how you are yarded.
Poetry implies the whole truth, philosophy expresses only a particle of it.
Where there is a lull in truth an institution springs up.
I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but and truth were not and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.
The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.
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