Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


A little truth makes the whole lie pass.Italian.

A man for being told the truth thanks you the first time, votes you a bore the second, and quarrels with you the third.Punch.

A thing is never much talked about but there is some truth in it.Italian.

A thousand probabilities do not make one truth.Italian.

A truth teller finds the doors closed against him.

Above all things always speak the truth.Haliburton.

All is not true that is told.Dr. Johnson.

All men naturally have some love of truth.

All truth is not to be told at all times.

As true as a turtle to her mate.

As true as God is in Heaven.

As true as steel.

As true as the dial to the sun.

Better suffer for truth than prosper by falsehood.Danish.

Between wrangling and disputing truth is lost.German.

Buy the truth and sell it not.Bible.

By too much altercation truth is lost.

Every truth is not to be told.Italian.

Face to face the truth comes out.

Fair fall truth and daylight.

From the fool and the drunkard you may learn the truth.Modern Greek.

Great is truth, and mighty above all things.Bible.

He must keep a sharp lookout who would speak the truth.Danish.

He that does not speak truth to me, does not believe me when I speak the truth.

He that follows truth too near will have dirt kicked in his face.

He who conceals an useful truth is equally guilty with the propagator of the injurious falsehood.Augustine.

He who does not fully speak the truth is a traitor to it.Latin.

If it is not true, it ought to be.Italian.

If we reject the truth we seal our own perdition.J. M. Mason.

In too much disputing truth is lost.French.

In truth is right.Turkish.

Is not the truth better banished out of nine cities?Turkish.

It is impossible to sin against charity when we do not against truth.

It is true that a’ men say.

It is truth that makes a man angry.Italian.

It takes a good many shovelfuls of earth to bury the truth.German.

No crime is more infamous than the violation of truth.Dr. Johnson.

None but a fool distasteful truth will tell.Dryden.

Not all that is true is to be spoken.Portuguese.

Obsequiousness begets friends; truth, hatred.Terence.

Oil and truth will get uppermost at last.

One must not say all that is true.German.

People praise truth, but invite lying to be their guest.

Sooner or later the truth comes to light.Dutch.

Speak the truth and shame the devil.Italian.

Tell your friend a lie and if he keep it secret tell him the truth.Spanish, Portuguese.

That is most true which we least care to hear.

That is true which all men say.

That which is probable is the greatest enemy to truth.

The language of truth is simple.Seneca.

The truth is mighty and will prevail.

The truth is the best advocate.

The truths we least like to hear are those which it is most to our advantage to know.

The truth will out.

The usefulest truths are the plainest.

Though malice may darken truth, it cannot put it out.

’Tis possible if true.French.

To discover truth by telling a falsehood.Spanish.

To withhold truth is to bury gold.Danish.

Truth and honesty have no need of loud protestations.

Truth and oil always come to the surface.Spanish, Portuguese.

Truth begets hatred.Latin.

Truth can never be confirmed enough,
Though doubts did ever sleep.Shakespeare.

Truth conquers all things.Latin.

Truth creeps not in corners.German.

Truth crushed to earth shall rise again,
The eternal years of God are hers;
But error, wounded, writhes in pain,
And dies among his worshippers.Bryant.

Truth fears on colors.

Truth finds foes where it makes none.

Truth finds no asylum.German.

Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne.Lowell.

Truth gives a short answer; lies go round about.German.

Truth gives wings to strength.Motto of the Irish Earl of Belvedere.

Truth has a handsome countenance but torn garments.German.

Truth hates delays.Seneca.

Truth hath always a fast bottom.

Truth hath a quiet breast.Shakespeare.

Truth ill timed is as bad as a lie.German.

Truth is a means not an end.

Truth is above everything else, though truth is not always agreeable.Hans Andersen.

Truth is always straightforward.Sophocles.

Truth is always strange, stranger than fiction.Byron.

Truth is afraid of nothing but concealment.

Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.Milton.

Truth is better than gold.Arabian.

Truth is bitter food.Danish.

Truth is God’s daughter.Spanish.

Truth is heavy, few therefore can bear it.Hebrew.

Truth is lost in too much debating.Dutch.

Truth is mighty and will prevail.Latin.

Truth is not truth to the false.Benjamin Disraeli.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Truth is the best buckler.

Truth is the club that knocks down and kills everybody.French.

Truth is the daughter of time.German, Dutch.

Truth is the foundation of all knowledge, and the cement of all societies.Dryden.

Truth is the highest thing that may kepe.Chaucer.

Truth is the spring of heroic virtue.Pindar.

Truth is the water of life.German.

Truth is truth to the end of the reckoning.Shakespeare.

Truth itself doth flow in wine. (In vino veritas.)

Truth knows no fear,
While praise earned without it is purchased too dear.Scribleomania.

Truth lies at the bottom of a well.

Truth like the sun submits to be obscured, but unlike the sun only for a time.

Truth makes all things plain.Shakespeare.

Truth makes the devil blush.

Truth makes the tongue smart.German.

Truth may be blamed but shall never be shamed.

Truth may be suppressed but not strangled.German.

Truth may languish but can never perish.Italian.

Truth may sometimes come out of the devil’s mouth.

Truth must be seasoned to make it palatable.Danish.

Truth needs no memory.

Truth needs not many words but a false tale a large preamble.

Truth never fears investigation.

Truth never grows old.

Truth never perishes.Seneca.

Truth never was indebted to a lie.Young.

Truth seeks no corner.Latin.

Truth shines brighter clad in verse.Swift.

Truth should not always be revealed.

Truth stretches but does not break.Don Quixote.

Truth is truth to the end of the reckoning.

Truth will sometimes break out unlocked for.

Truth and roses have thorns about them.

Truth’s best ornament is nakedness.

Truth’s cloak is often lined with lies.

Truths too fine spun are subtle fooleries.

What is true is not always probable.

When anger blinds the eyes truth disappears.

When you have to fool the world, tell the truth.Bismarck.

Whoever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?Milton.