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Truth Quotes: “Everyone is Entitled to Their Own Opinion, but Not Their Own Facts”

Updated on May 6, 2016
A picture may paint a thousand words but a question begs to be asked: Are those words true?
A picture may paint a thousand words but a question begs to be asked: Are those words true? | Source

Give Truth Some Thought

Playing games with truth is the worst kind of Russian-roulette, yet the topic of truth is rarely even discussed, and worse, it is not practiced as it should be. There's nothing new there, but giving it some thought helps us determine to raise and keep our personal standard high.

The Truth about Opinion!

 There's something very freeing about the truth!
There's something very freeing about the truth! | Source

Quotes Regarding Truth

To realize that someone we once trusted has become untrustworthy is a crushing blow that is difficult to get past, but the most important thing to remember is that any of us are capable of telling a lie under the right circumstances.

A hub on the importance of maintaining the integrity that truthfulness gives us for our own peace of mind and for all of our relationships would be a good idea. This one, though, is designed to help us think about some useful quotes on truth so we can focus on how honesty and dishonesty shape our own thinking and our living.

While you take a look at these truth quotes, keep in mind the truth behind this quote paraphrased from the concepts in the book of Jonah, "Those who practice deceit forsake the mercy that could be theirs." A sobering thought that should capture our attention.

We want to make sure that our responses to truth are not bound up in an old quote that says something along the lines of how too often, the first reaction to truth is hatred. Our responses to truth tell us (and others) who and what we really are about.

There are those who say they hate liars, but one writer notes that we should try telling those people nothing but the pure truth. That would be interesting--the pure truth about our own opinion, the pure truth about the many ways they are perceived by others, the pure truth about everything.

It would be very interesting to give them a real chance to find out if they mean what they say when others tell them the truth about their new hair color, new piercing or tattoo, their awkward shoes, their food choices, or their constant chattering.


Timeless Truth Quotes

One of my favorite sayings, “Truth invites scrutiny, error demands tolerance,” has inspired me to post truth quotes here at HubPages. Do we give the quote lip service or do we embrace it and use it to help us examine all facets of the facts?

Here is definitive instruction from God's Word for Believers, "Speak the truth in love." While there is no mercy without judgment, without that insight our efforts are an affront because mercy triumps over judgment, James 2.

This is one that should be heralded on Valentine’s Day, "True love would rather receive hate for telling the truth than adoration for telling lies," P. Aretino.

One of the most humorous quotes I've seen poignantly reads, "How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four; calling a tail a leg doesn’t make Iit Aa leg." (This is from a politician, no less!)

A little truth makes deception acceptable” is insight worth examining on at least several levels.

Truth walks about freely, unhindered by the need to keep account of its different versions. Not everyone knows it for what it is, but that does not change it. Truth simply continues, and everything else eventually loses its lustre.

Truth is Limitless

Truth Stands the Test of Time
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Read more Quotes on the Topic of Truth


Also, please feel free to leave your truth quotes for others to read in the comments section below. I’ll try to edit the hub and add them from your comments even as I add my own new ones.

Do you think it is important to have conversations about the definitions of truth and honesty?

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• Truth is such a rare thing it is delighted to tell it. (E. Dickenson)

• It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie. (A. O'Malley)

• Truth is like a lion, you don't have to defend it. Set it loose and it will defend itself. (St. Augustine)

• Truth stand the test of experience. (A. Einstein)

• Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority. ( G. Bruno)

• There is a case for telling the truth; there is a case for avoiding the scandal; but there is no defense for the man who tells the scandal, yet does not tell the truth. (G. K. Chesterton)

• Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but without doubt, so are lies. (R. W. Emmerson)

• In times of universal deceit telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. (G. Orwell)

• Lying is done with words and also with silence. (A. Rich)

Truth Proves Itself

It's more difficult to prove a lie than to tell it.
It's more difficult to prove a lie than to tell it. | Source

• Whoever is careless with truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. (A. Einstein)

• The truth is incontrovertible. While malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, in the end, there it is. (W. Churchil)

• How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?
Four: calling the tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. (A. Lincoln)

• Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. (D. P. Moynihan)

• True love would rather receive hate for telling the truth than adoration for telling lies.

• It's easy to believe what you are told if it is what you want to hear.

• A picture may paint a thousand words, but are those words true?

• Mercy and truth must walk hand in hand or there is no mercy.

Time and truth are two of the most precious and important commodities we foolishly spend by thinking less of them than we ought.

Helpful Quotes from Insightful Sources


You may want to check out these quotes in the context of religious truth to expand your thinking on important issues.


Playing games with truth is the worst kind of Russian-roulette. The results reach further into the future than we first imagine, deeper into the grain of our lives than we can fathom.

Have You Ever Asked Yourself Why We Should We Tell The Truth?

A Practical Look at Honesty:

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A picture may paint a thousand words but a question begs to be asked: Are those words true?

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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Dallas:

      Yes, and thank you for adding these truths here.

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      Dallas 2 years ago

      Jesus said, I am the truth and the way

      He also said, No man comes to the Father except through Me.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Expat:

      Finding something like that is unsettling at best. It seems there would be a way to notify authorities of the situation. I wrote a hub about addressing the subject that you might be interested in seeing:

      https://hubpages.com/politics/Should-Prisoners-Hav...

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      Expat 5 years ago

      Just found a page on FB where I found a prisoner creating chat blogs she was imprisoned for child abuse and molestation. Why is she allowed to have access when FB is regularly the place where children became the victims....

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Well then, welcome to HubPages! I'll be looking forward to checking out your work. It was very kind of you to check mine out on your first day.

      Re your experience, taking that as the silver lining surely is the best thing you can do for yourself where that's concerned, and, who knows, in the future you may even be able to be a tremendous help to others because of it all.

      Thanks again for stopping in here!

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      Daphne Shadows 5 years ago

      You're telling me. Guess I can take that as the silver lining though; I won't do it to someone else.

      I just made my Hubpages account today actually... but its a great idea; I love quotes. Thanks.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Daphne Shadows:

      I'm sorry you've had that experience--it's far too common. There's nothing like experience as a teacher, is there? Thanks for letting me know you came by and for adding to this hub with your comment. I'll be checking to see if you have posted quote hubs.

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      Daphne Shadows 5 years ago

      Another person's self disillusionment and monumental amount of lies has hurt my life in a pretty messed up way. It serves as a good example to me just how badly lies can hurt. I wish more people would care about the truth.

      I love the quotes (and am an avid quote collector) that you put up as well.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      momster:

      Thanks for letting me know that you appreciate this hub's topic. These quotes continue to inspire me and I'm glad others find them helpful.

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      momster 5 years ago

      This is a great topic to choose for a hub. As a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, being truthful will pay off in the end vs. telling lies and covering up the lies with more lies. I have had my days of lying and now I am faced with the lies that come from the children I raise and my siblings children. It is a hard task to teach a child that the truth does matter. It crushes me when I know a child is lying and I have to point that out to them so they will learn that they can lie all the want I still know the truth.

      If you know the truth, then that is what matters.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      KoffeeKlatch Gals:

      Yes, that is one of my favorites as well. It's as much about what is unsaid as what is said!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Terrific quotes. I especially like the one that says, "Funny thing about truth, it never changes."

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      tarajeyaram:

      So glad you could stop in--thanks for following my work! So much confusion comes from wrong definitions, and knowing what people mean depends on having the right definitions!

      Appreciate your visit and vote!

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Nice hub. I am following your hubs. Karma governs the world. People deny it but it does. Voted up.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks very kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. So appreciate that you came by! :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      Really awesome hub! And the truth be told.you are an inspiration for me. I really enjoy your work. You are detailed and insightful! Honest! :-)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much Joshua526. Appreciate your visit and your vote!

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      Joshua526 6 years ago

      Great hub! Voted up!

    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks very much for stopping by and commenting with good points.

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      Blair Rockefeller 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Awesome hub. Most people have trouble excepting that there are spiritual laws. Gravity works weather you believe in it or not. So do spiritual laws. It doesn't even matter what you call them. They still work. Karma, what goes around comes around, or what God calls it reaping and sowing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It's probably a good idea to let a beginning like that make us stop and think, anyway! :)

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      Interesting. I like when people start an explanation with, "well the truth is" or "truthfully..." I usually expect some lie or deception to follow:(

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting addition!

      Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your comment very much.

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      mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Love it! - "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth," Oscar Wilde - I love this stuff!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      True, 'tis true, however, those who do respect truth eventually rise above those who don't. It's one of those unwritten rules of life in a world that is not fair. Reminds me of another kind of quote, "The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine."

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      HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

      If only more people could only get this point of view. I agree whole heartedly with it. Respect for each other is what it is all about. Trouble is, the ones who respect are not always given the same.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hmmm...I'll have to think about it for a while. Lots of people have fought and died for what they know to be so, but it is true that nobody is likely to die for 2+2=4. Maybe there's more to the paraphrase than I understand at this point.

      Thanks much for stopping by and contributing to the conversation.

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      Jeff Berndt 6 years ago from Southeast Michigan

      A suggestion: "People only fight for something they hope to be so, not for what they know to be so. Nobody is willing to die to prove that 2+2=4."

      This is a paraphrase, not a quote. I wish I could remember the exact quote, and who said it.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you kindly!

      The passage from John 8 that you refer to is a wonderful study. Jesus' words to those who put their trust in Him (vs. 31-36) are part of a conversation that is timeless. And priceless!

      Thank you for reminding me of all that we have to be thankful for! (John 10:10, John 14:6)

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Wonderful Post! I always liked this one from the Bible.

      "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free"

      Sunnie

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments.

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      Rayna Marie 6 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Thoroughly beautiful. You have an amazing mind!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      P.I.: Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting. So glad you enjoyed the hub. I do hope the quotes will be useful!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Winsome: So glad you stopped by. Your quote is wonderful! I'll be updating the hub soon and will definitely include this addition. Thanks bunches!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I enjoyed reading these. They will come in useful. Rated Up and others.

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thanks for sharing in this very thoughtful way. Here is one of my own:

      "Sometimes the kindest truths are left unsaid." ~ Winsome

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much!

      I believe there may be one in the list above that is a take-off from Wild's, but I'll add this one to the list. It's too true not to!

      Appreciate your stopping by and adding to the discussion.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub about truth!

      One of my favorites is - “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” - Oscar Wilde

      Thanks for sharing!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for your thoughtful response to the hub. Am so glad you enjoyed it.

      The amount of lying that goes on is astounding. I like the various concepts of your quote. Imagine what kind of society we would have if everyone determined to be honest with themselves! Wow.

      Thanks again!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oooh,love this and love the title. There seems to be this sense of entitlement even when it comes to blatantly lying. The cop-out is to say "I misspoke" - sigh! And the liar gets away with it.

      One of my favorites goes something like this:

      'To thine ownself, be true'

      I enjoyed your hub - rated up! Yay!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      ImChemist:

      Thank you very much, both for your comments and for sharing it with others.

      Part of the reason I posted the hub is because I think that we as a society, both nationally and globally are literally starving for truth without even realizing it.

      Again, thank you!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Tamarajo:

      Whether people believe Him or not...how true. What a blessing and privilege it is to know that God is faithful to His Word. I think that some people do not believe the truths of His Word because God does not work always work in our time frame. That alone is an amazing study!

      Thank you kindly for stopping by and participating in this conversation about truth so perceptively.

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      I like this truth hub , im going to share it with friends in facebook and rated it useful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela99:

      "Essential," indeed!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving an addition to the list. It reminds me of how someone who persists in lying eventually comes to believe their own lies. Appreciate your input very much!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Sofs: Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving insightful comments. Speaking the truth in love is definitely a need! If you come across a truth quote, come back and add it to the list.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      this one was my favorite "True love would rather receive hate for telling the truth than adoration for telling lies." It is kind of like..."I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I'm not"

      I am glad that God has absolute truths whether people believe them or not. We can count on Him being true to us.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I like this hub about the truth. Here's another one:

      When in doubt, tell the truth. --Mark Twain

      I think the truth is essential in any good relationship. Voted/rated up.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful hub... I wish most believers understood that The Truth needs to be spoken in love and not in condemnation...I liked this one especially 'Truth Is Beautiful, Without Doubt; But Without Doubt, So Are Lies.'

      Nice going.God Bless!