Telling a lie creates problems for the future. Telling the truth makes the problem a part of the past.
“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” ~ Emile Zola, via Ego is the Enemy
“The more honest one is, the easier it is to continue being honest, just as the more lies one has told, the more necessary it is to lie again. By their openness, people dedicated to the truth live in the open, and through the exercise of their courage to live in the open, they become free from fear.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
“If you want to resolve a dispute or come out from conflict, the very first thing is to speak the truth. If you have a headache and tell the doctor you have a stomachache, how can the doctor help? You must speak the truth. The truth will abolish fear.” ~ Ziauddin Yousafzai, I Am Malala
“I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
“Try to be transparent, clear and truthful. Even when it is difficult, and above all when it is difficult.” ~ Jean-Cyril Spinetta
“What upsets me is not that you lied to me, but that I can no longer believe you.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” ~ Albert Einstein
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditioned love will have the final word in reality.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” ~ W. Clement Stone
“Courage doesn’t always involve physical heroism in the face of death. It doesn’t always require giant leaps worthy of celebration. Sometimes, courage is the willingness to speak the truth about what you see and to own what you say.” ~ Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” ~ Buddha