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  • It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship. -- Henry Ward Beecher
  • I prefer a painful truth over any blissful fantasy. -- Chelsea Manning
  • We hurt most who we love the most. Bad grammar, painful truth. -- Andy Stanley
  • The painful truth is that while we might have the illusion, none of us are free. -- Laura Anne Gilman
  • Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths. -- Criss Jami
  • Don't lie to me. Don't deceive me. Give me the truth. Even if it breaks me. A painful truth is better than a pleasant lie. -- Yasmin Mogahed
  • 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
  • It is natural to man to indulge in the illusion of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, till she transforms us into beasts. -- Patrick Henry
  • Flattery does not encourage the perfect flow of love in the vein of your relationship. Be genuine and speak out what you feel for each other without hiding the painful truth. -- Michael Bassey Johnson
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...hear rumors and go digging for the painful truth beneath the lovely lies. You believe you have a right to these things, but you don't. When someone tells you a piece of their life, they're giving you a gift, not granting you your due. -- Patrick Rothfuss
  • 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
  • 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
  • It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it. -- Patrick Henry
  • Admit at least one painful truth to yourself every day. Teach yourself to feel that life would still be worth living even if you were not immeasurably superior to all your friends. Exercises of this sort, prolonged through several years, will at last enable you to admit facts without flinching, and will, in so doing, free you from the empire of fear over a very large field. -- Bertrand Russell
  • Sometimes it's more noble to tell a small lie than to deliver a painful truth. -- Robin Williams
  • Flattery does not encourage the perfect flow of love in the vein of your relationship. Be genuine and speak out what you feel for each other without hiding the painful truth. -- Michael Bassey Johnson
  • Speaking a painful truth should be done only in love - like wielding a sword with no hilt - it should pain oneself in direct proportion to the amount of force exerted. -- Criss Jami
  • No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth. -- Martha Beck
  • I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It's a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. -- Sue Monk Kidd
  • There is never vulgarity in a whole truth, however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation. -- John Ruskin
  • I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It's a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It's not something that happens overnight. It's an evolution of the heart. -- Sue Monk Kidd
  • Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road. -- Albert Camus
  • Everyone sees something different in 'Endgame': a biblical apocalypse, a portrait of painful co-dependency, a confession of guilt and dignity in the face of death, a night of baffling hopelessness, a meaningless babble. Each interpretation reveals an absurd truth - not about the play, but about the person watching it. -- Simon McBurney
  • When part of what you're trying to get at is the truth hidden under a taboo, or when you want to nail a hypocrisy, laughter is a very useful tool. I want to show the painful side of existence, but there is no question I also want to make people laugh. -- Todd Solondz
  • Through language, we can tell the truth and hear the truth spoken, just as we can be deceived. Sometimes it's a painful realization: we can be lied to. As I write, I think of myself as putting my eye under oath, so that what I write is the truth about my characters. -- Michael Cadnum
  • I believe that mothers should tell the truth, even - no, especially - when the truth is difficult. It's always easier, and in the short term can even feel right, to pretend everything is okay, and to encourage your children to do the same. But concealment leads to shame, and of all hurts shame is the most painful. -- Ayelet Waldman
  • Painful truth is better than a pleasant lie. -- Bryant McGill
  • The truth is like a scalpel. The truth is painful. -- Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • Because even though the truth can set you free, that doesn't mean it won't be painful. -- Ally Carter
  • Control doesn't validate love; it validates the nonexistence of trust and the painful unwillingness to accept the truth. -- Shannon L. Alder
  • Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying. -- Fred Rogers
  • Abstruse and mystic thoughts you must express With painful care, but seeming easiness; For truth shines brightest thro' the plainest dress. -- Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon
  • To lose an arm or a leg would be painful, but to lose the central truth of your life feltā??fatal. -- Cassandra Clare
  • I love the truth. Whether it's painful or wonderful, it always widens my perspective and changes me. It helps move me forward. -- Madi Diaz
  • I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse. -- Oscar Wilde
  • The truth is that God is to be found in all things - even and most especially in the painful, tragic and unpleasant things. -- David Brenner
  • I'd like to be invisible. To be anonymous and see things for what they really are. The truth may be painful but it's probably useful! -- Marc Jacobs
  • The soul is "torn apart in a painful condition as long as it prefers the eternal because of its Truth but does not discard the temporal because of familiarity. -- Saint Augustine
  • If you want to live within the definition of your own truth, you have to choose to go through the initially painful and ultimately comforting process of finding it. -- David Levithan
  • Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don't forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth. -- Paula Danziger
  • Isn't it obvious in in today's world from people's preoccupation with self-medication, drug and alcohol use, rationalization and avoidance distraction that the truth doesn't just hurt, it's extremely painful. -- James Turner
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