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  • When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.

    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1984). “Notebooks, 1914-1916”, p.30, University of Chicago Press
  • All religions have some truth in them, but none has the whole truth; all are created in time and finally decline and perish. Mahomed himself never pretended that the Koran was the last message of God and there would be no other. God and Truth outlast these religions and manifest themselves anew in whatever way or form the Divine Wisdom chooses.

    Sri Aurobindo, Aurobindo Ghose (1993). “The Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo's Teaching and Method of Practice”, p.352, Lotus Press
  • Three or four threads may be agitated, like telegraph wires, at the same time, and if I were to tap them all I would reveal such a mixture of innocence and duplicity, generosity and calculation, fear and courage, I cannot tell the whole truth simply because I would have to write four journals at once.

  • Mr. Lyell's system of geology is just half the truth, and no more. He affirms a great deal that is true, and he denies a great deal which is equally true; which is the general characteristic of all systems not embracing the whole truth.

    Science   Half   Deny  
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry Nelson Coleridge (1851). “Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge”, p.256
  • There's truth as far as you knows it; and there's truth as far as you're asked for it. But they don't represent the whole truth - not necessarily.

    Truth   Whole   Knows  
    Dorothy L. Sayers (2012). “Busman's Honeymoon”, p.206, Open Road Media
  • I did try very hard to tell the whole truth without violating my literary instincts.

    Trying   Instinct   Hard  
    George Orwell (1970). “A Collection of Essays”, p.315, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.

    Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Merton (1965). “Gandhi on Non-violence”, p.58, New Directions Publishing
  • Liberation, I guess, is everybody getting what they think they want, without knowing the whole truth. Or in other words, liberation finally amounts to being free from things we don't like in order to be enslaved by things we approve of. Here's to the eternal tandem.

  • It is worth remembering (though there is nothing that we can do about it) that the world as it really is may easily be a far nastier place than it would be if scientific materialism were the whole truth and nothing but the truth about it.

    Truth   Would Be   World  
    C. D. Broad (2011). “Lectures on Psychical Research (Routledge Revivals): Incorporating the Perrott Lectures Given in Cambridge University in 1959 and 1960”, p.319, Routledge
  • It is not only the proclamation of the whole truth that is needed today; it is the release of the spiritual reality which the truth expresses, and that can only be realized as we allow ourselves to be caught into the mighty on-flowing tide of the Spirit.

  • All I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth.

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane (1988). “A Little House sampler”, Univ of Nebraska Pr
  • Your duty is to be, and not to be this or that. I Am That I Am sums up the whole truth; the method is summarized in Be Still.

    Ramana Maharshi (2004). “The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi”, p.86, Shambhala Publications
  • The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    Bible   Biblical   May  
    Samuel Butler (1951). “Notebooks”
  • I was the only one who knew the whole truth about Lucas--who he really was, and what we felt for each other. The truth was all I had left of him, and I would have to carry it alone.

    Whole   Felt   Left  
  • The reality of one night, let alone that of a whole lifetime, can never be the whole truth.

    Truth   Night   Reality  
  • I often say that I'm a Buddhist-Episcopalian. I say that partly to annoy people.I like to annoy people who think that a religion can contain the whole truth. No religion, it seems to me, contains the whole truth. I think it's mad to think that there is nothing to learn from other traditions and civilizations. If you accept that other religions have something to offer and you learn from them, that is what you become: a Buddhist-Episcopalian or a Hindu-Muslim or whatever.

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  • Truth is God, and Truth overrides all our plans. The whole Truth is only embodied within the heart of Great Power-Truth.

    God   Heart   Truth Is  
    Mahatma Gandhi (1983). “Collected Works”
  • Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness.

    Song: My Friends
  • The libraries of America are and must ever remain the home of free and inquiring minds. To them, our citizens-of all ages and races, of all creeds and persuasions-must be able to turn with clear confidence that there they can freely seek the whole truth, unvarnished by fashion and uncompromised by expediency.

    Fashion   Home   Race  
    Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1960). “Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953”, p.456, Best Books on
  • The variety of minds served the economy of nature in many ways. The Creator, who designed the human brain for activity, had insured the restlessness of all minds by enabling no single one to envisage all the qualities of the creation. Since no one by himself could aspire to a serene knowledge of the whole truth, all men had been drawn into an active, exploratory and cooperative attitude.

    Attitude   Men   Brain  
    Daniel J. Boorstin (1993). “The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson”, p.125, University of Chicago Press
  • I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.

    "Mrs. Lessing Addresses Some of Life's Puzzles". Interview with Herbert Mitgang, archive.nytimes.com. April 22, 1984.
  • The Assault Weapons Ban deals with a fictional distinction. You have guns that are exactly the same guns as are banned, in function, that were banned because of the way they look. And you know, that's the whole truth of this policy: it's to make politicians look as if they are doing something, when in point of fact, they are doing nothing.

    Second Debate between Alan Keyes & Barack Obama, votesmart.org. October 21, 2004.
  • I have too many secrets. For all these years I've been a speaker for the dead, uncovering secrets and helping people to live in the light of truth. Now I no longer tell anyone half of what I know, because if I told the whole truth there would be fear, hatred, brutality, murder, war.

    Fear   War   Light  
    Orson Scott Card (2009). “Xenocide: Volume Three of the Ender Quintet”, p.76, Macmillan
  • The interests of society often render it expedient not to utter the whole truth, the interests of science never: for in this field we have much more to fear from the deficiency of truth than from its abundance.

    Truth   Fear   Fields  
    Charles Caleb Colton (1832). “Lacon: Or Many Things in Few Words, Addressed to Those who Think”
  • All knowledge is partial, infinitesimally partial. Reason is a net thrown out into an ocean. What truth it brings in is a fragment, a glimpse, a scintillation of the whole truth.

    Ursula K. Le Guin (2016). “The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin”, p.295, Simon and Schuster
  • Who does not know history's first law to be that an author must not dare to tell anything but the truth? And its second that he must make bold to tell the whole truth? That there must be no suggestion of partiality anywhere in his writings? Nor of malice?

    Truth   Writing   Law  
  • Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.

    John Stuart Mill (2015). “On Liberty, Utilitarianism and Other Essays”, p.45, OUP Oxford
  • The nature of oratory is such that there has always been a tendency among politicians and clergymen to oversimplify complex matters. From a pulpit or a platform even the most conscientious of speakers finds it very difficult to tell the whole truth.

  • One may call the world a myth , in which bodies and things are visible, but souls and minds hidden. Besides, to wish to teach the whole truth about the Gods to all produces contempt in the foolish, because they cannot understand, and lack of zeal in the good, whereas to conceal the truth by myths prevents the contempt of the foolish, and compels the good to practice philosophy.

  • I can't say why people lie; they just do. Everyone has their own reasons for not telling the truth.

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