C. Everett Koop:,a former US surgeon general: "The American ideal is not that we all
agree with each other, or even like each other, every minute of the day. It is rather that
we will respect each other's rights, especially the right to be different, and that, at
the end of the day, we will understand that we are one people, one country, and one
community, and that our well-being is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each
and every one of our fellow citizens."
Anon: (taken from the Native American Indian Traditional Code of Ethics): 8.
All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one
meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator they must all be respected.
(Inter-Tribal Times, 1994-OCT)
Bob Jones III, president of Bob Jones University: "The
Bible itself is intolerant, and true followers of God's word should be
Martin Luther King Jr."Racial understanding is not
something we find, but something that we must create. Through education we
can create change."
Sandy Jo MacArthur, speaking at a 2013 LGBTQ Forum for Youth, Families and Community Services at Boyle Heights in Los Angeles:
"I was tolerated. It didn’t feel very good. I think everyone out there has been tolerated at some time. Tolerance stinks. It was really a bad concept from the start but people thought it was [at least] a start. I’m here to tell you that what we need to look forward [to] and strive for is respect. Tolerance is just not cutting it, and respect is where we need to be." 7
Bill Maher, from his one-person show "Victory Begins At Home:"
"Don't get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance."
Richard Nixon: "If you want to make beautiful music, you must
play the black and the white notes together."
Charles de Secondat: "Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance... the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason."
From the Dhammapada, often called the Buddha's Path of Wisdom. It is a collection of 423 early Buddhist verses: "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
Jean Jaures: "Tradition does not mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive."
Mark Twain: "Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke
a chain or freed a human soul."
Anon: "Heresy in one faith group is truth within another. Heresy in one era becomes truth in another."
Anon: "Seek out the company of those who are searching for the truth. But avoid
at all cost those who claim to have found it!"
Anon: "Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who find
Anon: Definition of a liberal: "someone so open-minded that he
can't take his own side in an argument."
Anon: "Sometimes you have to be able to see the invisible in order to see the
Isaac Asimov: "When people thought the earth was flat, they were
wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if
you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking
the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put
together." [Editor's note: The shape of the Earth is close to an
oblate spheroid -- a slightly pear shaped sphere.]
Josh Billings: "As scarce as truth is, the supply has
always been in excess of the demand."
Giordano Bruno: (1548-1600): "It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or
majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it
is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people." (The church burned
him alive because he believed in the heresy at the time that the earth circled the sun.)
"The search for truth implies a duty. One
must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true."
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and
knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "God offers to every mind its choice
between truth and repose. Take which you please; you can never have
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, always."
"There is no God higher than truth."
Aldous Huxley: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."
Susan Jacoby: "Americans are in serious intellectual trouble --
in danger of losing our hard-won cultural capital to a virulent mixture of
anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism and low expectations."
Martin Luther King, Jr's "Nonviolence Pledge:"
As you prepare to march, meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus.
Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation -- not victory.
Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.
Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.
Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
Observe with friends and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
Perform regular service for others and the world.
Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, and heart.
Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.
Krishnamurti, a Buddhist mystic: "Truth is a
pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through
any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any
philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it
through the mirror of relationshp, through the understanding of the
contents of his own mind, through observation and not through
intellectual analysis or introspective dissection." 2
Hugh Mann: "Our pursuit of truth seems endless, because a clear endpoint is never reached. No matter how much we discover, we never uncover an ultimate basis of reality."
Gerald Massey: "They must find it
difficult ... those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth
as the authority."
Marilyn Monroe: "I believe in everything -- a little bit."
Richard John Neuhaus, former editor-in-chief of First Things: A
Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life: "In the absence of
truth, power is the only game in town."
Isaac Newton: "I do not know what I may appear to the world; but
myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, 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
Michael Novak: "The most critical threat to our freedom is
a failure to appreciate the power of truth."
George Orwell: "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."
Thomas Paine: ""It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy." 6
"It is man's natural sickness to believe
that he possesses the Truth."
"What is truth on one side of the Pyrenees [mountains] is error on
Henri Poincaire: "We also know how cruel the truth often
is, and we wonder whether delusion is not more consoling."
Bertrand Russell: "The trouble with the world is that the
stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
David Self: "....support vigorously those priests and imams who
teach that not every verse of the Bible or the Qur'an is relevant today and
that scripture is wondrously ambiguous. Then comes the process of educating
the rest of the world (including its leaders) that faith is only faith, not
certainty; that religion is but a long search for truth and that we are all
engaged in the completion of God's creation." 3
George Bernard Shaw: "All great truths begin as
Michael Shermer: "I care what is actually true, even more than
what I hope is true."
Gloria Steinem: "The truth will set you free; but first it will
piss you off."
Schopenhauer (1788-1860): "All truth passes through three stages:
firstly it is ridiculed, secondly, it is violently opposed, and thirdly,
it is accepted as self-evident."
Lucy Stone: "To make the public sentiment on the side of all that
is just and true and noble is the highest use of life." (1852).
Tolstoy: "I know that most men...can seldom accept even the simplest and most
obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which
they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others,
and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabrics of their lives."
Steve Turner: An excerpt from his statement "Creed,"
which he intended as a satire on modernism:" "We
believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him. Reality
will adapt accordingly. The universe will readjust. History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth excepting the truth that
there is no absolute truth." 4
Urantia Book: "The argumentative defense of any proposition is
inversely proportional to the truth contained."
"I don't believe it is actually possible to prove anything about most of the things (apart from mathematical
logic) that they [philosophers] argue about." 5
"The task of science is to bring us closer and closer to objective
Lois Wilson: "Only with great difficulty does a shaft of light pierce the armor
Voltaire: "Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."
A group of university students at http://www.truthcontest.com/ are are conducting a "truth contest." They have listed the following quotes about truth on their home page:
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. - Galileo
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting. - Buddha
The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. - Winston Churchill
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. - Gandhi
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. - JFK
People can't change the truth, but the truth can change people. - Unknown
The Way of Truth is the Pathway to the Eternal Godhead. - Jesus Christ
You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. - Jesus Christ
It takes two to speak truth -- one to speak, and another to hear. - Henry David Thoreau