Can you handle the truth?
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Can you handle the truth?

Can you handle the truth? By that I mean, can you be truthful about yourself, other people, and human nature? Does your high sensitivity affect your relationship to truth? Below are some thought-provoking quotes on truth:

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
― Gloria Steinem

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.”
― Stephanie Klein, Straight Up and Dirty: A Memoir

“So you’re always honest,” I said.
“Aren’t you?”
“No,” I told him. “I’m not.”
“Well, that’s good to know, I guess.”
“I’m not saying I’m a liar,” I told him. He raised his eyebrows.
“That’s not how I meant it, anyways.”
“How’d you mean it, then?”
“I just…I don’t always say what I feel.”
“Why not?”
“Because the truth sometimes hurts,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said. “So do lies, though.”
― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
― Virginia Woolf

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”
― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”
― Maya Angelou

“The truth doesn’t always set you free; people prefer to believe prettier, neatly wrapped lies.”
― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
― Gautama Buddha

“Why lie? It always comes back to haunt you.” — Cliff Harwin

What are you thoughts on truth? Do any of the quotes above resonate with you? If so, which ones, and why? I’m interested in any comments that you have.

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