Quotes about the truth

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„Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.“

—  Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892

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„Everybody wants me to show my vagina to the world. And the truth is, I don’t have to.“

—  Lady Gaga American singer, songwriter, and actress 1986
Interview for Maxim Magazine.

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„This is how Hallaj said, I am God,
and told the truth!“

—  Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273
Context: He says, "There’s nothing left of me. I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise. Is it still a stone, or a world made of redness? It has no resistance to sunlight." This is how Hallaj said, I am God, and told the truth!The ruby and the sunrise are one. Be courageous and discipline yourself. Completely become hearing and ear, and wear this sun-ruby as an earring. As quoted in Head and Heart : A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred (2002) by Victor Mansfield

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„In an aphorism, aptness counts for more than truth.“

—  Mason Cooley American academic 1927 - 2002
City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection (1987)

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„Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
Context: We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it's the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were – to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.

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