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Obvious Truth Quotes


"Once you know the truth, it's always obvious" - Jennifer Crusie

"What was once obvious to them was no longer quite as obvious. Why was it that humans lost sight of truth so quickly?" - Ted Dekker

"First the truth is ridiculed. Then it meets outrage. Then it is said to have been obvious all along." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy." - Thomas Paine

"It is precisely for the reason that Truth is utterly simple, basic, elementary and totally obvious, that it is completely overlooked." - Ramesh S Balsekar

"It is obvious that [leftists] are not cool-headed logicians systematically analyzing the foundations of knowledge. They are deeply involved emotionally in their attack on truth and reality." - Theodore Kaczynski

"As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"The inevitable triumph of illusion over reality that was the single most obvious truth about the history of the human race." - Salman Rushdie

"Nobody understood better than Mr. Lincoln the obvious truth that in politics it does not suffice merely to nominate candidates. Something must also be done to elect them." - John George Nicolay

"Nothing is so obvious that it's obvious." - Errol Morris

"And is it not obvious that, just as it is a crime to disturb the peace when truth reigns, it is also a crime to remain at peace when the truth is being destroyed?" - Blaise Pascal

"Truth for authority, not authority for truth." - Lucretia Mott

"Make subtlety obvious." - Billy Wilder

"Time discovers truth." - Seneca the Younger

"Sacrifice life to truth." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Time tries truth." - Proverbs

"Truth alone wounds." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Humility is truth." - Desiderius Erasmus

"Veiling truth in mystery." - Virgil

"Truth is what works." - William James

"When a thing is new, people say: 'It is not true.' Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: 'It is not important.' Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: 'Anyway, it is not new." - William James

"In summoning even the wisest of physicians to our aid, it is probably that he is relying upon a scientific "truth", the error of which will become obvious in just a few years' time." - Marcel Proust

"When a thing is new, people say: "It is not true." Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: "It is not important." Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: "Anyway, it is not new." - William James

"Donald Trump is taking flak from the media, establishment republicans and all the democrats for merely stating the obvious and the truth: Vladimir Putin is much more of a leader than President Obama." - Ted Nugent

"Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry to write them down. Because that's something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture - a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is." - Claude Debussy

"This work deals with a very obvious truth: just as the oppressor, in order to oppress, needs a theory of oppressive action, so the oppressed, in order to become free, also need a theory of action." - Paulo Freire

"He enlarged perceptibly the scope for debate, liberalized appreciably the intellectual and cultural life of the country and proclaimed the obvious truth that, after an atomic exchange, little would distinguish the Communist ashes from the capitalist ashes." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"But, perhaps, the excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some obvious and useful truth in few words." - Samuel Johnson

"You can recognize truth by its beauty and simplicity. When you get it right, it is obvious that it is right - at least if you have any experience - because usually what happens is that more comes out than goes in." - Richard P Feynman

"The moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious metaphysics." - Sam Harris

"I don't think I could ever work in such a blatantly hierarchical corporate setting. I know that everyone in this world is not equal, but I can't bear environments that make this truth so obvious." - Peter Cameron

"Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry to write them down. Because that's something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is." - Claude Debussy

"What's obvious to you is obvious to you." - John Medina

"The obvious is better than obvious avoidance of it." - Henry Watson Fowler

"What's obvious to me isn't always obvious to other people." - Mike Watt

"You know what? The obvious is obvious for a reason." - Paul Reiser

"Not all dangers are obvious." - Leah Cypess

"The obvious is obviously wrong." - Joseph Granville

"Truth can understand error, but error cannot understand truth." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Being precedes Truth, and... Truth precedes the Good." - Josef Pieper

"OK, so truth hurts - but what else does truth do?" - Teena Marie

"Love is tied to truth." - John Green

"Truth is but approved facts." - Frances Wright

"Truth is error burned up." - Norman O Brown

"Death cancels everything but truth." - Anonymous

"In wine there is truth." - Pliny The Elder

"Truth fears nothing but concealment." - Proverbs

"Too much truth is uncouth." - Franklin Pierce Adams

"Almost all doctrinal error is really truth perverted. Truth wrongly divided. Truth disproportionately held and taught." - Arthur W. Pink

"A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth." - Thomas Mann

"When you hear a true story, there is a part of you that responds to it regardless of art, regardless of evidence. Let it be the most obvious fabrication and you will still believe whatever truth is in it, because you can not deny truth no matter how shabbily it is dressed." - Orson Scott Card

"Sometimes I'm confused by what I think is really obvious. But what I think is really obvious obviously isn't obvious..." - Michael Stipe

"Success is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1 and Obvious 2 in school." - Jim Rohn

"There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth." - Niels Bohr

"Creativity: Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil." - Bernard Baruch

"To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out."" - Francis Chichester

"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." - Richard Farson

"If it's obvious, it's obviously wrong." - Joseph Granville

"Experts always tend to obscure the obvious." - D. V. Ager

"Nothing is so treacherous as the obvious." - Joseph A Schumpeter

"When in doubt, do the obvious." - Joy Browne

"Things always become obvious after the fact" - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Question everything generally thought to be obvious." - Dieter Rams

"Evil is obvious only in retrospect." - Gloria Steinem

"The obvious is always least understood." - Klemens von Metternich

"Discount the obvious, bet on the unexpected" - George Soros

"I am at war with the obvious." - William Eggleston

"Obvious to you is amazing to others." - Derek Sivers

"Nothing is so treacherous as the obvious." - Joseph Schumpeter

"Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Only the prophets see the obvious." - Nelson Rodrigues

"Never assume the obvious is true." - William Safire

"The great discoveries are usually obvious." - Phil Crosby

"In art, the obvious is a sin." - Edward Dmytryk

"I'm allergic to doing the obvious thing." - Neneh Cherry

"Obvious effort is the antithesis of grace." - Baldassare Castiglione

"The truth is, the Science of Nature has been already too long made only a work of the Brain and the Fancy: It is now high time that it should return to the plainness and soundness of Observations on material and obvious things." - Robert Hooke

"We have become too civilized to grasp the obvious. For the truth is very simple. To survive you often have to fight, and to fight you have to dirty yourself. War is evil, and it is often the lesser evil. [] Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf." - George Orwell

"The process of philosophizing, to my mind, consists mainly in passing from those obvious, vague, ambiguous things, that we feel quite sure of, to something precise, clear, definite, which by reflection and analysis we find is involved in the vague thing that we start from, and is, so to speak, the real truth of which that vague thing is a sort of shadow." - Bertrand Russell

"Other extremely alluring traits in people are simplicity and naturalness. Simplicity and naturalness are never painfully obvious qualities, and yet which I come across them in a person, I get this sense of a firm foundation and of a direct access to truth." - Wojciech Kurtyka

"I am so used to hints and mixed messages, saying things that might mean what they sort of sound like they mean. Games and contests, roles and rituals, talking in twelve languages at once so the true words won't be so obvious. I am not used to a plainspoken, honest truth." - David Levithan

"There are many realities. There are many versions of what may appear obvious. Whatever appears as the unshakeable truth, its exact opposite may also be true in another context. After all, one's reality is but perception, viewed through various prisms of context." - Amish Tripathi

"Progressive liberals seem incapable of stating the obvious truth: that we who are well off should be willing to share more of what we have with poor people not for the poor people's sake but for our own; i.e., we should share what we have in order to become less narrow and frightened and lonely and self-centered people." - David Foster Wallace

"If you can reach just 10 percent of the population, you can begin to reach a tipping point; that's where true social movements take place - it's a numbers game. And when you reach that number, the truth becomes obvious and empires of injustice crumble and fall." - Louie Psihoyos

"Dad claims that library science is the foundation of all sciences just as math is the key - and we will survive or founder, depending on how well the librarians do their jobs. Librarians didn't look glamorous to me but maybe Dad had hit on a not very obvious truth." - Robert A Heinlein

"I used to think that once you really knew a thing, its truth would shine on forever. Now it's pretty obvious to me that more often than not the batteries fade, and sometimes what you knew even goes out with a bang when you try and call on it, just like a light bulb cracking off when you throw the switch." - Lucy Grealy

"I am angry about the mammoth, out-of-control social welfare entitlement programs from Washington, D.C., that were supposed to solve our problems. The obvious truth is these impractical, politically motivated programs have irreparably damaged the fabric of our black society and community." - Allen West

"Knowledge, or more expressively truth, - for knowledge is truth received into our intelligence, - truth is an ideal whole." - John Sterling

"Truth is simple. They who say that truth is complicated deceive themselves, and the truth is not in them." - Henri Barbusse

"When you sing, always tell the truth." - Billie Holiday

"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes." - Philibert Joseph Roux

"[Science is] the literature of truth." - Josh Billings

"Truth never penetrates an unwilling mind." - Jorge Luis Borges

"The scholar seeks truth, the artist finds." - Andre Gide

"Apply Truth liberally to the inflamed area." - Stephen Colbert

"Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again." - William C Bryant

"Truth uttered before its time is dangerous." - Mencius

"Change lays not her hand upon truth." - Algernon Charles Swinburne

"In science, mistakes always precede the truth" - Horace Walpole

"Truth is in your sahasrara. And when the truth comes in, you are surprised that truth is love and love is truth, pure love." - Nirmala Srivastava

"Malice often takes the garb of truth." - William Hazlitt

"There is no god higher than truth." - Mahatma Gandhi

"When all else fails, tell the truth." - Donald T Regan

"There is no god greater than truth." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Truth, like climate, is common property." - Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

"What people believe prevails over the truth." - Sophocles

"When in doubt, tell the truth." - Anonymous

"Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it." - Anonymous

"Particular lies may speak a general truth." - George Eliot

"Truth takes no account of centuries." - William Wordsworth

"Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness." - Henry David Thoreau

"Abstract truth is the eye of reason." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"There can be no mercy without truth." - Adrian Rogers

"... truth shines brightest thro' the plainest dress." - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

"Truth may sometimes hurt, but delusion harms." - Vanna Bonta

"That which the truth nourishes should thrive." - Eliezer Yudkowsky

"I can only live in my truth." - Octavia Spencer

"Inborn of nature's wisdom The poet's truth." - Pindar

"Truth is great and its effectiveness endures." - Ptahhotep

"Truth is not determined by majority vote." - Doug Gwyn

"The first casualty of war is truth." - Proverbs

"You must emulate the truth you exhort." - Johnny Hunt

"There is no [...] higher than the truth." - H. P. Blavatsky

"Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies." - Proverbs

"When money speaks the truth is silent." - Proverbs

"Simplicity is the seal of truth." - Proverbs

"Tell the truth and then run." - Proverbs

"The truth shall set you free." - Bible

"Sell cheap and tell the truth." - Rose Blumkin

"Power is not sufficient evidence of truth." - Samuel Johnson

"Truth is powerful and it prevails." - Sojourner Truth

"Obvious prospects for physical growth in a business do not translate into obvious profits for investors." - Benjamin Graham

"Mathematics consists in proving the most obvious thing in the least obvious way." - George Polya

"Thank you, Captain Obvious." "I'm on the Senate," he reminded me. "It's Lord Obvious." - Karen Chance

"Nothing is wholly obvious without becoming enigmatic. Reality itself is too obvious to be true ." - Jean Baudrillard

"Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also." - Billy Wilder

"When you know the truth, the truth makes you a soldier." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth." - Hermann Hesse

"Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"What is important to me is not the truth outside myself, but the truth within myself." - Constantin Stanislavski

"The best evidence of our having the truth is our walking in the truth." - Matthew Henry

"Truth is the greatest gift of life and love is the exercise of that truth." - Anonymous

"Tis not antiquity, nor author, That makes truth truth, altho' time's daughter." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"But what is truth? 'Twas Pilate's question put To Truth itself, that deign'd him no reply." - William Cowper

"Nay, it is ten times true, for truth is truth To th' end of reck'ning." - William Shakespeare

"Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable." - Swami Vivekananda

"The truth is ugly: we have art so as not to perish from the truth." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth." - Cate Blanchett

"Live according to the one and only truth and surrender to the trend of truth." - Elia M. Ramollah

"We know truth for the cruel instrument it is. Beauty is infinitely preferable to truth." - George R R Martin



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