Jul 6, 2007

Few good quotes to digest

Om Shri Gurave Nama.H

Like there are two sides to every coin, there are two sides to every story sometimes they have multiple sides also, every human should make it a practise to look for both sides of any story, and mostly it will be found that the Truth lingers persistently in silence on the other side.

Few quotes from the History, see if we can digest.

"Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide." — Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.).

Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of the truth.--M.K.Gandhi.
"I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him. I am prepared to sacrifice the things dearest to me in pursuit of this quest. Even if the sacrifice demanded my very life, I hope I may be prepared to give it." M.K.Gandhi.
"The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility." Charles Caleb Colton, British Clergyman (1780 - 1832)

"The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies." Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States (1801-1809).

"I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.” — Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to Jeremiah Moor, 1800.

"Let the people know the truth and the country is safe." Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States (1809-1865).
"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain (1835-1910).
"Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening." Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. American jurist (1841-1935).
"The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who have loved it." George Santayana, American philosopher and poet (1863-1952).
"Don’t tell your friends their social faults; they will cure the fault and never forgive you." — Logan Pearsall Smith, American writer (1865-1946).

Truth exists. Only lies are invented." Georges Braque French painter (1882-1963).

"I don't give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell." Harry S. Truman 33rd President of the United States (1884-1972).
Truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is. Sir Winston Churchill.

"Truth knows no color; it appeals to intelligence." James Cone Theologian (1938-).
“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive and realistic.” — John F. Kennedy, 20th-century American president (from the Yale Commencement address, 1962).

"Honesty is not a policy, it is a state of mind."— Eugene L’Hote, philosopher

It is only error which needs the support of the governament, Truth can stand on its own.

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods. --Hannah Arendt

Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.--Miguel de Cervantes

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.--Kahlil Gibran

There are times when we must sink to the bottom of our misery to understand truth, just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to see the stars in broad daylight. --Václav Havel

The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation. --Simone Weil

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions- especially selfish ones. --Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

It takes two to speak the truth- one to speak and another to hear. --Henry David Thoreau

In order to swim one takes off all one's clothes- in order to aspire to the truth one must undress in a far more inward sense, divest oneself of all one's inward clothes, of thoughts, conceptions, selfishness etc. before one is sufficiently naked. --Soren Kierkegaard.

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please; you can never have both. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every truth is so true that any truth must be false. --F. H. Bradley

Closest to the truth are those who deal lightly with it because they know it is inexhaustible. --Golo Mann

Nothing is poorer than a truth expressed as it was thought. Committed to writing in such cases, it is not even a bad photograph. . . . Truth wants to be startled abruptly, at one stroke, from her self-immersion, whether by uproar, music or cries for help. --Walter Benjamin

If it were true what in the end would be gained? Nothing but another truth. Is this such a mighty advantage? We have enough old truths still to digest, and even these we would be quite unable to endure if we did not sometimes flavor them with lies. --G. C. Lichtenberg

The truth has never been of any real value to any human being- it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. --Graham Greene

When something important is going on, silence is a lie.--A.M. Rosenthal

Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life ---Henri Frederic Amiel

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.” — Elvis Presley, American rock 'n' roll icon (1935-1977).

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.--Blaise Pascal.

"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." - Henry Mencken

Truth is a personal experience one has to tune his/her mind to that experience.

Om Nama.H Shivaya!

SIanala, Montreal, July 2007

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