All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer --
"Above all, don't lie to yourself.
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie,
comes to such a pass
that he cannot distinguish the truth within him
or around him,
and so loses all respect for himself and others."
-- Dostoevski / THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV --
"Long years must pass
before the truths we have made for ourselves,
become our very flesh."
-- Paul Valery -
"A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent."
-- William Blake --
"Not the truth in whose possession any man is or thinks he is,
but the honest effort he has made to find out the truth,
is what constitutes the worth of a man."
-- George Bernard Shaw --
"My secrets cry aloud
I have no need for tongue
My heart keeps open house
My doors are widely swung."
-- Theodore Roethke --