Truth…

“Stake life upon truth.” – Juvenal.

“It is not heaven that errs, but our eyes that deceive us.” – Anon.

“Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems.” – Walt Whitman.

“There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.” – Alfred North Whitehead.

“The Truth can only ever be told in the contradictions. Or in silence.” – Osho.

“Sit down, shut up and ask yourself, “What’s true?” until you know.” – Jed McKenna.

“Chase after the truth like all hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.” – Clarence Darrow.

“Are the mystics and sages insane? Because they all tell variations on the same story, don’t they? The story of awakening one morning and discovering you are one with the All, in a timeless and eternal and infinite fashion. Yes, maybe they are crazy, these divine fools. Maybe they are mumbling idiots in the face of the Abyss. Maybe they need a nice, understanding therapist. Yes, I’m sure that would help. But then, I wonder. Maybe the evolutionary sequence really is from matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, each transcending and including, each with a greater depth and greater consciousness and wider embrace. And in the highest reaches of evolution, maybe, just maybe, an individual’s consciousness does indeed touch infinity—a total embrace of the entire Kosmos—a Kosmic consciousness that is Spirit awakened to its own true nature. It’s at least plausible. And tell me: is that story, sung by mystics and sages the world over, any crazier than the scientific materialism story, which is that the entire sequence is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing? Listen very carefully: just which of those two stories actually sounds totally insane?” – Ken Wilber, A Brief History of Everything, 42–3.

“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” – Carl Sagan.

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” – M.K.Gandhi.

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” – Henry David Thoreau.

“Belief means not wanting to know what is true.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.

“Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.” – Slovenian Proverb.

“Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles isn’t a realist.” – Billy Wilder.

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” – Albert Einstein.

“When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.” – George Bernard Shaw.

“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” – Herbert Agar.

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” – Rene Descartes.

“The truth is more important than the facts.” – Frank Lloyd Wright.

“If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.” – Billy Wilder.

“No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.” – Emerson.

“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” – Antisthenes.

“Try the highest degree, traveling in the realm where there is no sign. Exercise fully what you have received from Nature, without any subjective viewpoint. In one word: be absolutely vacuous.” – Tchuang-Tsu, Taoist Chinese philosopher, II or III Century b.C., Book of Tchuang-Tzu.

“We don’t live our lives by choice, but by default. We play the roles we are born to. We don’t live our lives, we dispose of them. We throw them away because we don’t know any better, and the reason we don’t know any better is because we never asked. We never questioned or doubted, never stood up, never drew a line. We never walked up to our parents or our spiritual advisors or our teachers or our gurus or any other formative presences in our early lives and asked one simple, honest, straightforward question, the one question that must be answered before any other question can be asked:

What the hell is going on here?” – Jed McKenna.

“Facts are the enemy of truth.” – Miguel De Cervantes.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

“The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it.” – H.G.Wells.

“The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.” – Shana Alexander.

“All great truths begin as blasphemies.” – George Bernard Shaw.

“Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who find it.” – Andre Gide.

“Truth lies within ourselves: it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness and to Know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape than in effecting entry for light supposed to be without.” — Robert Browning.

“Spiritual awakening is about discovering what’s true. Anything that’s not about getting to the truth must be discarded. Truth isn’t about knowing things—you already know too much. It’s about un knowing. It’s not about becoming true, it’s about un becoming false so that all that’s left is truth. If you want to become a priest or a lama or a rabbi or a theologian, then there’s a lot to learn—tons and tons. But if you want to figure out what’s true, then it’s a whole different process and the last thing you need is more knowledge.” – Jed McKenna.

“Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.” – Demosthenes.

Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.” – Buddha.

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~ by revolutionwithin on May 4, 2009.

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