130 Truth Quotes To Make You Live Rightly

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 130 of the most inspiring truth quotes I could find. Hope you’ll find wisdom, understanding, and meaning through them. And remember: the more you live for truth, the more strength you find. You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Nietzsche, Goethe, Osho, and more. Enjoy!

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Too many prefer gentle lies to hard truths. Shane Parrish

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The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth. Albert Einstein

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Truth hurts but what hurts makes you stronger. Maxime Lagacé

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Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Your duty is to scream those truths that one should shout but that are merely whispered. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)


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Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort. Fred Rogers

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Tell the truth about what you are feeling. Tell the truth about what you are thinking. Tell the truth about what you are doing and why. Iyanla Vanzant

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Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Henry David Thoreau (Walden)

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One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies. Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness)


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When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. Thomas Sowell

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The wise try to adjust themselves to the truth, while fools try to adjust the truth to themselves. Thibaut

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The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. Gloria Steinem

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You can have ignorance or you can have self-knowledge. You can live deluded or you can live for truth. Maxime Lagacé

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I measure the strength of a spirit by how much truth it can take. Friedrich Nietzsche

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A man is beginning to learn the Truth about life when he is no longer surprised by anything. Kapil Gupta


The Best Truth Quotes

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In the long run, the most unpleasant truth is a safer companion than a pleasant falsehood. Theodore Roosevelt

Only silence communicates the truth as it is. Osho

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. George Orwell

The things that we decide to run from are the truth. When you make excuses, you’re running from the truth. David Goggins

In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow – and that is likely to hurt. Wei Wu Wei

The only way to tell the truth is to speak it with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard. Henry David Thoreau

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If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinion for or against. Osho

If you’re seeking the truth then what you don’t know is more important than you know. Jordan Peterson

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for the truth; and truth rewarded me. Simone de Beauvoir

I was too enamored of truth ever to mourn lost illusions. Simone de Beauvoir (The Prime of Life)


The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head. Terry Pratchett

The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it. Terry Pratchett

It is great fun if you have rejected totally everything that man has said. Because then you stand alone; when you find out for yourself, it will be authentic, real, true, not dependent on any professor, any psychologist, any analyst. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie to make someone laugh. Paulo Coelho

I speak the truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more as I grow older. Michel de Montaigne

The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you. David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

Never has there been one possessed of complete sincerity who did not move others. Never has there been one who had not sincerity who was able to move others. Mencius

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. William Faulkner

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It does not require many words to speak the truth. Chief Joseph (Native American proverb)

The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant. Miyamoto Musashi

There is nothing more necessary than truth, in comparison with it, everything else has only secondary value. Friedrich Nietzsche

Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living. Buddha

If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? Dogen

What Is Truth?

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The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself. Augustine of Hippo

Truth: something hard to say and hard to hide. Paulo Coelho

The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don’t like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they’re 95 percent dead wood. Jordan Peterson

The truth is silent. The truth doesn’t come with words. It’s something that I just know, it’s something that I can feel without words, and it’s called silent knowledge. Don Miguel Ruiz

Truth is the best disinfectant. Paulo Coelho

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The Most Famous Truth Quotes

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Searching for a famous truth quote or author? Check out those ones by Gandhi, Shakespeare, Aurelius, Einstein, etc.
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If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain

That’s the most heroic thing we can do now: look the truth in the face. Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones)

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei

Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly. Mahatma Gandhi

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. William Shakespeare (King Lear)

O, while you live, tell truth, and shame the Devil! William Shakespeare

You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can’t lead to a good conclusion. Julian Assange

I just tell the truth, and telling the truth is crazy in a world full of lies. Kanye West

There are no truths, only moments of clarity passing for answers. Michel de Montaigne

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In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. 14th Dalai Lama

What I seek to accomplish is simply to serve with my feeble capacity truth and justice, at the risk of pleasing no one. Albert Einstein

First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You don’t have to tell everything you know, but let what you do say be the truth as you understand it. Maya Angelou

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule. Charles Dickens

We should always allow some time to elapse, for time discloses the truth. Seneca

The capital-T Truth is about life before death. David Foster Wallace (Related: This Is Water, sloww.co)

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Truth is a pathless land. Jiddu Krishnamurti

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. René Descartes

No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth. Plato

You go to remote corners of the earth to find truth, but truth is just around the corner, here! Jiddu Krishnamurti

Plato is my friend – Aristotle is my friend – but my greatest friend is truth. Isaac Newton

I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. Malcolm X

Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just. Marcus Aurelius


Short Truth Quotes

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One-liners, short truth quotes, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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The busy man has no time for truth. The wise man dedicates his life to it. Maxime Lagacé

May the truth be your armour. The Stoic Emperor

When in doubt tell the truth. Mark Twain

Seek truth and you will find a path. Frank Slaughter

Tell all the truth but tell it slant. Emily Dickinson

Truth is its own reward. Plato

In deep insecurity is truth realised. Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is truth alone that gives strength. Swami Vivekananda

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption. Kurt Cobain

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Your mind talks illusions. Your heart whispers the truth. Maxime Lagacé

Logical validity is not a guarantee of truth. David Foster Wallace

Truth has nothing whatsoever to do with belief. Jiddu Krishnamurti

We have art in order not to die of the truth. Friedrich Nietzsche

In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain. Friedrich Nietzsche

Say something true, in an interesting way. Naval Ravikant (Source)

The truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind. Emily Dickinson

Befriend the truth and make it your ally in all things. The Stoic Emperor

Listening to the truth is the beginning of a new journey. Osho

Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. Unknown (Related: source on quoteinvestigator.com)

Inspirational Truth Quotes

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Step into your authentic truth, because your truth will light up the world. Gabby Bernstein

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. Marcus Tullius Cicero

The ultimate test of what a truth means is the conduct it dictates or inspires. William James

Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear. Catherine of Siena

Never ignore an important truth merely because of the amount of work it would take to accept it. James Clear

If you’re scared, you’re on the shore. If you’re courageous, you’re in the river. Maxime Lagacé

To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues. John Locke

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Dare to seek Truth even through hell. Swami Vivekananda

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. C.S. Lewis

The only reason why I became successful was because I went towards the truth. As painful and as brutal as it is, it changed me. It allowed me, in my own right, to become the person who I am today. David Goggins

They had learned that the act of violence is the act of weakness, and that the spirit’s strength lies in holding fast to the truth. Ursula K. Le Guin (The Eye of the Heron)

I know that truth alone gives life, and nothing but going towards reality will make us strong, and none will reach truth until he is strong. Swami Vivekananda

Truth is simple. Very simple – so simple that a child can understand it. In fact, so simple that only a child can understand it. Unless you become a child again you will not be able to understand it. Osho

Don’t follow anybody’s footprints. Truth cannot be borrowed, neither can the path that somebody else has trodden. Osho

RelatedLive Your Truth: 7 Powerful Lessons (wakeupcloud.com, by Henri Junttila)

Funny Truth Sayings

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If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Oscar Wilde

The truth is a bully we all pretend to like. Gregory David Roberts

Sometimes people ask you a question with their eyes begging you to not tell them the truth. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Every time your buttons get pushed is like a big mirror showing you your own face. Pema Chödrön

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

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde

All day long I would be training myself to think, to understand, to criticize, to know myself; I was seeking for the absolute truth: this preoccupation did not exactly encourage polite conversation. Simone de Beauvoir (Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter)

It’s better to be slapped by the truth than kissed with a lie. Unknown

Deep Truth Sayings

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Celebration is my religion, love is my message, silence is my truth. Osho

People tend to whisper when they say the truth and raise their voice when they lie. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths. Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters. Friedrich Nietzsche

Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus. Naval Ravikant

The mother of all Truths: There is nothing. Kapil Gupta

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You’ll never find truth on top of mountains. You’ll have a glimpse on the way up. Maxime Lagacé

Only the mind that is totally impermanent, that is totally uncertain, can discover what is true because truth is not static. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The only people who fear the truth are the ones who lie. Anthony Pompliano (Source)

Truth uttered before its time is dangerous. Mencius

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. Pema Chödrön

In the bathtub of history the truth is harder to hold than the soap, and much more difficult to find. Terry Pratchett

Fact may not be truth, and truth may not be factual. Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)

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Truth certainly liberates, but the truth has to be your own. Only then it liberates. Osho

One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant. John Locke

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself. Simone de Beauvoir

The truth is always a shocker, it disturbs you before it comforts you. Allow the pain of change transform you. Adamas Shivananda (Source)

It is better by assenting to truth to conquer opinion, than by assenting to opinion to be conquered by truth. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

Humans are not programmed for truth. They are programmed for survival. Thibaut


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Never assume that you have attained truth. Don’t make any claim to knowledge. Form no conclusion or evaluation concerning truth. The minute you do, your downfall is assured. Whenever you imagine you know something, you cease being open to the living exploration. You have closed a door and cut off the oxygen to the breathing truth. Mooji

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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October 4, 2022

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