Give Truth A Chance – 27 Truth Quotes Worth Sharing

They say a lie travels faster than the truth, and these days it seems to be the case. Fake news and false stories travel around the world in a matter of seconds, while the truth seems to lag a few days behind.

Fake news articles, lies and scandalous stories are created to ignite a reaction; sadness, joy, fear, anticipation or hatred. And, as humans, we are programmed to share these stories and ideas that get a reaction. But, this desire to share is how fake news and lies can spread through our social networks faster than the speed of light. In this fast-paced world, we only have a few seconds to decide if something is worth sharing or not. In those few seconds we must learn to pause and think; is it true?, is it fair?, and is it kind?

We think the truth needs a little help to catch up, so in order to put a spotlight back on the importance of truth, we have found 27 great truth quotes that are really worth sharing.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

~ Buddha

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

~ Albert Einstein

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

~ Elvis Presley

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

~ Mark Twain

Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

~ Michael Jackson

A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.

~ Aesop

Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.

~ Malcolm X

The biggest consequence of telling a lie is, it leads to telling another one. 

~ Gary King

There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying.

~ Josh Billings

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

~ Abraham Lincoln

A half Truth is a whole lie.

~ Yiddish Proverb

Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow colour-blind. 

~ Austin O’Malley

With lies, you may get ahead in the world – but you can never go back.

~ Russian proverb

A lie has speed, but Truth has endurance

~ Edgar J. Mohn

If you want to ruin the Truth, stretch it.

~ Unknown author

The Truth needs no rehearsal.

~ Barbara Kingsolver

There’s one way to find out if a man is honest ~ ask him. If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook.

~ Groucho Marx

Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it.

~ Mark Twain

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.

~ Unknown author

We tell lies when we are afraid….afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us.

But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.

~ Tad Williams

There is no such thing as an inconsequential lie.

~ Gary King

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.

~ William Faulkner

In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot. 

~ Czesław Miłosz

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now — always.

~ Albert Schweitzer

Our final quote comes from a speech Pope Francis gave earlier this year on World Communications Day. We think his words sum up the kindness we want to see more of in this world.

where there is shouting, let us practise listening;
where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.

~ Pope Francis