Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
‘Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie: a fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart – never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening.
It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false; and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question, which is the true one.
Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.
The impulse of the journalist is to be novel, yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment; the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true, regardless of the moment.
We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true. And if we offend gravely enough against what we know to be true, as by failing badly enough to deal affectionately and responsibly with our land and our neighbors, truth will retaliate with ugliness, poverty, and disease.
It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.