Subject: Beliefs » Honesty » Truth

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

(1854 – 1900) Irish dramatist, novelist & poet

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.

Samuel Clemens (1835 – 1910) author & humorist

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

Everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true except for that rare story of which you happen to have firsthand knowledge.

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.

(1880 – 1956) journalist, essayist, editor & satirist

My wife said: ‘I want an explanation and I want the truth.’ I said: ‘Make up your mind.’

(1906 – 1998) English-born American comedian

Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.

(1897-1962) American writer

Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.

(1874 – 1965) English dramatist & novelist

If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you.

(1906 – 2002) Austrian journalist, filmmaker, screenwriter & producer

Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk.

(1853 – 1937) journalist, writer & editor

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

(1874 – 1965) British prime minister, politician, statesman & orator

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.

Samuel Clemens (1835 – 1910) author & humorist

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

(1818 – 1885) humorist

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing… if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

(1890 – 1977) comedian, actor & television host

Politicians are wedded to the truth, but like many other married couples they sometimes live apart.

(1870 – 1916) British writer

Anyone who says the truth shall set you free has never been to traffic court.

fictional mascot and cover boy of Mad, an American humor magazine

Believe those who are seeking the truth – doubt those who find it.


Those who say truth is stranger than fiction have wasted their time on poorly written fiction.

Samuel Clemens (1835 – 1910) author & humorist

There are two kinds of truth: there are real truths, and there are made up truths.

(1936 – ) American politician, Mayor of Washington, D.C.

Truth hurts… maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with the seat missing… but it hurts.

(1926 – 2010) Canadian actor

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.

(1937 – 2008) stand-up comedian, social critic, actor & author