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Painful Truths Quotes


"Sometimes compromise is painful." - Madeleine M Kunin

"Romantic love is painful." - William

"Don't write slogans, write truths." - Joe Strummer

"Truthless times need timeless truths." - Mark Driscoll

"Even those truths that are painful will ultimately increase my wisdom, undergird my strength, make possible my art." - Pat Schneider

"Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths." - Criss Jami

"Growth is a painful process." - Wilma Mankiller

"Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne." - Quentin Crisp

"Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both." - Patrick Ness

"Growth is often a painful process." - Elbert Hubbard

"Grace changes us and change is painful"." - Flannery O'Connor

"It's painful to consider anything but writing." - Emma Donoghue

"Partial truths or half-truths are often more insidious than total falsehoods." - Samuel P Huntington

"Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"Some illusions...are the shadows of great truths." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths." - Moliere

"Governments are not built to perceive large truths. Only people can perceive great truths. Governments specialize in small and intermediate truths. They have to be instructed by their people in great truths." - Norman Cousins

"Half-truths can be as deceptive as outright lies." - David Limbaugh

" many great truths must be very gently introduced, with voices soft and the truths themselves understated." - Neale Donald Walsch

"Truths kindle light for truths." - Lucretius

"The incessant struggle of the mind to be true to itself, to absorb new truths, to grow, to overcome pressures-these are the painful portion of the independent thinker. Almost his sole reward is the satisfaction of integrity." - Howard Mumford Jones

"We all talk about how much we hate lies. Yet we prefer, so often, to be lied to....because it allows us to dodge all those painful truths we'd rather not hear." - Douglas Kennedy

"The harder we look at our aches and ailments, the more we will be startled by the painful truths they are trying to convey about our dangerously disembodied way of life." - Marion Woodman

"Any painful experience makes you see things differently. It also reminds you of the simple truths that we purposely forget every day or else we would never get out of bed." - Amy Poehler

"The truth is like a scalpel. The truth is painful." - Miguel Angel Ruiz

"Memory is sweet. Even when it's painful, memory is sweet." - Li-Young Lee

"You see a lot - your eyes get very painful." - John Le Carre

"I think that shame is a universal, paralyzing, painful emotion." - Brene Brown

"Even a painful longing is some form of presence." - Anna Kamienska

"Public downfalls are more painful and humiliating than private ones." - Jane Velezmitchell

"The people in Poland had to deal with painful reforms." - Lech Walesa

"Acting is the most demanding, painful job in the world." - Arthur Smith

"People say I am the king of painful shoes." - Christian Louboutin

"Where belief is painful we are slow to believe." - Ovid

"Most people are not looking for provable truths. As you said, truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning. Which is where religion comes from." - Haruki Murakami

"There are no whole truths: All truths are half-truths." - Alfred North Whitehead

"All truths are bloody truths to me." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I have no faith at all in believers, because they are so far from the truths! Have respect only to those who are close to the truths!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true." - Niels Bohr

"The truths that are found in the Bible are universal truths. And it shapes who you are and guides you throughout your life." - Ernie Hudson

"Growth can be painful, change can be painful but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow it only empties today of it strengths" - Charles Spurgeon

"It was painful, but sometimes you must have these painful moments where you tear yourself away from something that isn't working." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"I eventually want to do writing on all the films, but not necessarily to be the writer. Writing is a painful, painful thing; it really is." - Cary Fukunaga

"Anchor your faith in the plain and simple truths of the gospel." - Gerald Causse

"There are certain truths so true that they are practically unbelievable." - Gore Vidal

"Among the most compelling truths in some of the early photographs is their implication of silence." - Robert Adams

"We usually reach success by putting the simple truths that we know into practice." - Assata Shakur

"The only absolute truth is that there are no absolute truths." - Paul Feyerabend

"Falsehoods border on truths." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Accept certain inalienable truths." - Baz Luhrmann

"Idealists are not the good friends of the truths; they create their own truth." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"The truths of the Bible are never just abstract concepts; they're always related to real people." - Joni Eareckson Tada

"Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do." - Alexander Pope

"Music tells no truths." - Philip James Bailey

"In film and television we are oftentimes so pampered that the truths are withheld." - Charles Keating

"No matter who the characters are, you can strip them down and find small universal truths." - Jena Malone

"It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak." - Neil Gaiman

"Sometimes I would be very upset because my memories are very murky from my childhood, but there are certain emotional memories or emotional truths that are painful, and things that I know to be the case and I had to nail them down, and that was difficult." - Justin Torres

"Beware of the truth, gentle Sister. Although much sought after, truth can be dangerous to the seeker. Myths and reassuring lies are much easier to find and believe. If you find a truth, even a temporary one, it can demand that you make painful changes. Conceal your truths within words. Natural ambiguity will protect you then." - Frank Herbert

"The boarded-up homes, the decaying storefronts, the aging church rolls, kids from unknown families who swaggered down the streets - loud congregations of teenage boys, teenage girls feeding potato chips to crying toddlers, the discarded wrappers tumbling down the block - all of it whispered painful truths." - Barack Obama

"Some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. Some things are so sad that only your soul can do the crying for them." - Gregory David Roberts

"Your career will be a painful one. I divine something in you which offends the vulgar." - Stendhal

"I want to believe that memories, even sad and painful ones, should not be forgotten forever." - Natsuki Takaya

"It's painful, man, for my daughters to say they're scared of me." - Tony Dorsett

"From the start to the end it was ugly and a painful game to watch." - Dwyane Wade

"The thought of writing was always pleasant, but the process was painful" - Monica Denise Brown

"Bad grammar is the leading cause of slow, painful death in North America," - Dave Barry

"I ate the Green Monster. It tasted pretty nasty. It was pretty painful." - Torii Hunter

"It's painful, but we can't heal ourselves unless we cleanse the wounds." - Bill Cosby

"I know change can be painful. But from change comes growth." - Jon Stewart

"We live with that sense of not being enough, and it causes a very painful state." - Mark Coleman

"Going to a fashion show is almost as painful as being in one." - Christy Turlington

"This is painful and it will be for a long time." - Donald Trump

"It's painful to not be able to fully focus, but it keeps you fresh." - Brian Chippendale

"To witness titanic events is always dangerous, usually painful, and often fatal. p. 133" - Larry Niven

"With inquiry, every painful story unravels. Freedom is possible in every moment." - Byron Katie

"I didn't have to say it. I just had to write it. It was painful enough." - Robert B Parker

"I was obliged to take tough, painful and bold decisions to ensure a manageable tomorrow." - Nicos Anastasiades

"Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success." - Bo Bennett

"What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?" - Marquis De Custine

"But I've never considered myself any kind of heartthrob. It sounds painful." - Gavin Degraw

"I can say that I had a particularly painful teenage-hood." - Kat Dennings

"This is a world in which reasons are made up because reality is too painful." - Barry Diller

"Discovering new species is a passion. A day without collecting plants is painful for me." - Corneille Ewango

"But I don't write so much now, because they're too painful." - Bryan Ferry

"Comedy tends to come out of things which are quite painful and serious." - Helen Fielding

"Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty." - Oscar Wilde

"Something that's very painful for me is when people wear pants that are too short." - Rachel Zoe

"Painful emotions show you what prevents you from creating harmony, cooperation, sharing and reverence for life." - Gary Zukav

"Everyone wants to learn the same thing from painful situations: how to avoid repeating them." - Gary Zukav

"Being misunderstood by people whose opinions you value is absolutely the most painful." - Gloria Steinem

"Divorce is hard and painful and complicated, and something you have to grow through." - Sharon Stone

"Coming out was painful, but life got so much better for me." - Joel Burns

"Getting emotional about things is a peacetime luxury. In wartime, it's much too painful." - Edmund H North

"Death is not painful. It is the most beautiful experience you will have." - Elisabeth Kublerross

"Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is usually painful." - John C Maxwell

"Apostasy occurs when a church leaves its historic moorings, abandons its historic confessional position, and degenerates into a state where either essential Christian truths are blatantly denied or the denial of such truths is widely tolerated." - R C Sproul

"True science investigates and brings to human perception such truths and such knowledge as the people of a given time and society consider most important. Art transmits these truths from the region of perception to the region of emotion." - Leo Tolstoy

"Truths physical have an origin as divine as truths religious." - David Brewster

"They say that truth is naked. I cannot admit this for any but abstract truths; in the arts, all truths are produced by methods which show the hand of the artist." - Eugene Delacroix

"Some truths are truths, no matter who says them." - Patricia Briggs

"Paradoxes are the only truths." - George Bernard Shaw

"Most of the change we think we see in life Is due to truths being in and out of favor." - Robert Frost

"It is the customary fate of new truths, to begin as heresies, and to end as superstitions." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"Ken & Mark weave a simple, compelling tale that contains profound truths. If only we all knew The Secret." - Laurie Beth Jones

"We know to tell many fictions like to truths, and we know, when we will, to speak what is true." - Hesiod

"There are no indisputable truths." - Ozzy Osbourne

"Better a child should be ignorant of a thousand truths than have consecrated in its heart a single lie." - John Ruskin

"But in our opinion truths of this kind should be drawn from notions rather than from notations." - Carl Friedrich Gauss

"Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them." - Albert Camus

"I won't make shorthand films, because I don't want to manipulate audiences into assuming quick, manufactured truths." - John Cassavetes

"Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell." - Wilkie Collins

"Writers are historians, too. It is in literature that the greater truths about a people and their past are found." - F Sionil Jose

"You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed." - Anita Brookner

"One handles truths like dynamite." - Anais Nin

"We make our own truths and lies....Truths are often lies and lies truths..." - Bernhard Schlink

"One of the things we know now that we didn't know then, is that revolutions are very painful to a lot of people. And that at the stage that we have evolved to now, a revolution would be extremely painful." - Howard Rheingold

"I stopped going to mass, and boy, it was painful for me, and it was certainly painful for my family, but I just couldn't ratify their behavior and their decisions anymore by showing up on Sundays." - Anna Quindlen

"What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now." - William Glasser

"Years have passed since I have set foot in a comedy club. If the comic is doing badly it's painful, and if the comic is doing brilliantly, it's extremely painful." - Dick Cavett

"Humor enables us to deal with and overcome many of the most painful and difficult situations in our lives." - Frederick Lenz

"Painful things are quickly forgotten." - Janet Morris

"Nature is neither pleasant nor painful. It is all intelligence and beauty. Pain and pleasure are in the mind." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"It is so painful watching yourself act, particularly because you can't do anything about it, it's all done and dusted." - Ian Mckellen

"The act of writing the book was painful at times, but it was easier than talking to someone." - Piper Laurie

"You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find the humor in anything, you can survive it." - Bill Cosby

"I do' want normal and easy and simple. I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love." - Olivia

"No matter how painful something is, you have to take it. I saw that in both my parents." - Bernard Lagat

"Male privilege and entitlement are dying a very painful death; no one gives up power without a struggle." - Gloria Allred

"Saving was slow and painful." - William Christopher Handy

"Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience." - Denis Waitley

"When something's painful, you just avoid it. Why bother dredging up the past if it's nothing but bad stuff?" - Shane Koyczan

"At its best, American music is the soundtrack of our long - and often painful - march toward a more perfect union." - Shawn Amos

"Millions of Mexicans leave their kids in order to take care of other kids. That's a very painful thing." - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarri

"All humans change. Development is our life. Transition, in labor, is the most painful time. Without change, there's no growth." - Mimi Kennedy

"At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"It's been painful to see the people that you love be attacked when you know it's not fair or true." - Jeb Bush

"I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful." - Kim Novak

"That's painful always to lose." - Rafael Nadal

"At that time, I had recently finished a book called Amazing Grace, which many people tell me is a very painful book to read. Well, if it was painful to read, it was also painful to write. I had pains in my chest for two years while I was writing that book." - Jonathan Kozol

"It is well when the wise and the learned discover new truths; but how much better to diffuse the truths already discovered amongst the multitudes. Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power; and while a philosopher is discovering one new truth, millions of truths may be propagated amongst the people.... The whole land must be watered with the streams of knowledge." - Horace Mann

"Two truths cannot contradict one another." - Galileo Galilei

"Tolerance is thin gruel compared to the rapture of absolute truths. It's not surprising that religious people are often better protected by atheists and agnostics than each other." - Wendy Kaminer

"How surprisingly alive false ideas are! They even have their own evolution. At first they are highfalutin' 'truths,' then humdrum 'laws,' and finally superstitions." - Nina Berberova

"The truths I shun follow me, mumbling." - Mason Cooley

"Maxims are sharp-edged half-truths." - Mason Cooley

"Getting control of stuff makes people feel like they have more control over their lives - maybe irrationally, but it's one of these psychological truths." - Gretchen Rubin

"There are two kinds of writers; the great ones who can give you truths, and the lessor ones, who can only give you themselves." - Clifton Paul Fadiman

"History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors." - Thomas Henry Huxley



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