— Graham Greene, Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party
„Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars. Cimourdain was full of virtues and truth, but they shine out of a dark background.“
— Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three
Context: Cimourdain was a pure-minded but gloomy man. He had "the absolute" within him. He had been a priest, which is a solemn thing. Man may have, like the sky, a dark and impenetrable serenity; that something should have caused night to fall in his soul is all that is required. Priesthood had been the cause of night within Cimourdain. Once a priest, always a priest. Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars. Cimourdain was full of virtues and truth, but they shine out of a dark background. Part 2, Book 1, Ch. 2 Variant translation: What makes night within us may leave stars.
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
„But whether there be a God and whatever be His nature; whether we have an immortal soul or not, or whatever may be our state after death, I can have no fear of having to suffer for the study of nature and the search for truth“
— Alfred Russel Wallace British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist 1823 - 1913
Context: I think I have fairly heard and fairly weighed the evidence on both sides, and I remain an utter disbeliever in almost all that you consider the most sacred truths [... ] I can see much to admire in all religions [... ] But whether there be a God and whatever be His nature; whether we have an immortal soul or not, or whatever may be our state after death, I can have no fear of having to suffer for the study of nature and the search for truth. Letter to a relative, (1861).
„There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe…. The soul of the world is nourished by people's happiness.“
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
The Old King, p. 22.
— John Burroughs American naturalist and essayist 1837 - 1921
— Laxmi Prasad Devkota Nepali poet 1909 - 1959
— Robbie Williams British singer and entertainer 1974
„The truth is whatever you can get away with."
"No, that’s journalism. The truth is whatever you can’t escape.“
— Greg Egan Australian science fiction writer and former computer programmer 1961
„If he will not be satisfied with truth in the form of tautology, that is to say, if he will not be content with empty husks, then he will always exchange truths for illusions.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Context: Are designations congruent with things? Is language the adequate expression of all realities? It is only by means of forgetfulness that man can ever reach the point of fancying himself to possess a "truth" of the grade just indicated. If he will not be satisfied with truth in the form of tautology, that is to say, if he will not be content with empty husks, then he will always exchange truths for illusions.
— Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961
"Inside the Actors Studio," 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBBtYcK9Jb8
— Grover Cleveland 22nd and 24th president of the United States 1837 - 1908
Telegram to his friend Charles W. Goodyear (23 July 1884), in response to a query as to what the Democratic Party should say about reports that he fathered a child out of wedlock. As quoted in An Honest President (2000), by H. Paul Jeffers, p. 108.
— Joseph Heller American author 1923 - 1999
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950