80 Truth Quotes for Inspiration, Motivation & Self-Help

What is Truth Quotes: They say telling the truth will set you free, and it means free from all the heavy burdens of lies.  Truthfulness can help build trust and let the people around you know they can count on you and your word.  Here are 80 of the best truth quotes to read from famous people that will surely inspire you.

Best Truth Quotes

“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest Tweet

“The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Tweet

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way 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.”

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?”

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

“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.”

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”


“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.”

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

“Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.”

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

Marcus Aurelius , Meditations Tweet

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”

George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones Tweet

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up.”

George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings Tweet

“I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”

“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”

“Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.”

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”

“Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will”

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”


“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

“Life's as kind as you let it be.”

Charles Bukowski, Hot Water Music Tweet

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

“There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”

“There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”

John Steinbeck, East of Eden Tweet

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.”

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Tweet

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”

“Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.”

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

“The Bible has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.”

“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.”

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”

“Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity. He does not consider god as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is no any mystery and secret in it.”

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

“With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant. The fact that you kept it does not.”

Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants Tweet

“What's done cannot be undone.”

William Shakespeare , Macbeth Tweet

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.”

“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”

“The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it.”

“Nothing is real.”

John Lennon, Beatles Lyrics Tweet

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”

“Does truth have a moral?”

Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters Tweet

“The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.”

“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.”

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

“The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.”

“Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said. Isaac shot me a look. “Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway. Don’t you believe in true love?”

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars Tweet

“Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.”