162 Bitter Truth Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Bitter Truth Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Truth is not always a pleasant thing. — George C. Scott

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. — Denis Diderot

But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie. — Khaled Hosseini

I prefer a painful truth over any blissful fantasy. — Chelsea Manning

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. — Lao Tzu

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. — Lao Tzu

The beauty of truth: whether it is bad or good, it is liberating. — Paulo Coelho

The truth hurts, but silence kills. — Mark Twain

Too much truth is uncouth. — Franklin Pierce Adams

Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy. — Carl Sagan

Short Bitter Truth Quotes

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  • The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie. — Ann Landers
  • Nothing tastes bitterer than the truth. — Yiddish Proverbs
  • It's like I know what I gotta say, I just don't know how to say it to you. — Drake
  • Education beats the beauty and the youth. — Chanakya
  • Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness. — Henry David Thoreau
  • Most jokes state a bitter truth. — Larry Gelbart
  • A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it. — Tacitus
  • Truth seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • While truth is always bitter, pleasantness waits upon evildoing. — St. Jerome
  • Laughter makes the bitter swallowing of truth, for some, a little easier. — Bill Hicks

Bitter Truth Image Quotes

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Bitter truth quote by Drake

It's like I know what I gotta say, I just don't know how to say it to you. — Drake

Bitter truth quote Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it hope. Feed it trut
Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it hope. Feed it truth. Feed it with love.

Say Bitter Truth Quotes

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Apparently people don't like the truth, but I do like it; I like it because it upsets a lot of people. If you show them enough times that their arguments are bullshit, then maybe just once, one of them will say, 'Oh! Wait a minute - I was wrong.' I live for that happening. Rare, I assure you — Lemmy Kilmister

If it is true that only misfortune can awaken a man's soul, it is a bitter truth, one that is hard to hear and accept, and it is only natural that many people deny it and say it is better for a man to live on in a trance than to wake up to torture. — Maxim Gorky

People can choose between the sweet lie or the bitter truth. I say the bitter truth, but many people don't want to hear it. — Avigdor Lieberman

Bitter truth quote The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that sp
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.

Any time you are with anyone or think of anyone you must say to yourself: I am dying and this person too is dying, attempting the while to experience the truth of the words you are saying. If every one of you agrees to practice this, bitterness will die out, harmony will arise. — Anthony De Mello

God has given us speech in order that we may say pleasant things to our friends, and tell bitter truths to our enemies. — Heinrich Heine

Say the truth even if it may be bitter. — Muhammad

Bitter truth quote No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.
No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.

Is it treason to say the truth? A bitter truth, but no less true for that. — George R. R. Martin

Truth Is Bitter Quotes

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It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness. — Robert Menzies

There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth. — Chanakya

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness. — Henry David Thoreau

Bitter truth quote Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.
Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.

We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us. — Denis Diderot

Ridicule may be the evidence of with or bitterness and may gratify a little mind, or an ungenerous temper, but it is no test of reason or truth. — Tryon Edwards

The smallest atom of truth represents some man's bitter toil and agony; for every ponderable chunk of it there is a brave truth-seeker's grave upon some lonely ash-dump and a soul roasting in hell. — H. L. Mencken

Bitter truth quote There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealous
There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.

According to convention there is a sweet and a bitter, a hot and a cold, and according to convention, there is an order. In truth, there are atoms and a void. — Democritus

Children come running to the truth But you've got to peel the skin to get the fruit And while one's living high another's grieving But what's sweet by morning is bitter by the evening Oh - What's sweet by morning is bitter by the evening. — Ben Harper

So don't be tempted by the shiny apple Don't you eat of a bitter fruit Hunger only for a taste of justice Hunger only for a world of truth 'Cause all that you have is your soul. — Tracy Chapman

O thou that pinest in the imprisonment of the Actual, and criest bitterly to the gods for a kingdom wherein to rule and create, know this for a truth: the thing thou seekest is already here, "here or nowhere," couldst thou only see. — Thomas Carlyle

Painful Truth Quotes

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Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He's sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped. — Charles Stanley

I still believe that standing up for the truth of God is the greatest thing in the world. This is the end (purpose) of life. The end of life is not to be happy. The end of life is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain. The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Bitter truth quote Never lie to someone who trusts you and never trust someone who lies to you.
Never lie to someone who trusts you and never trust someone who lies to you.

When you are sad or in pain or sick or you witness any cremation then you actually learn the many truths of life. — Neem Karoli Baba

It all begins when you accept the thought passing through your head as absolute truth. The longer you hold on to this thought, the more you prolong the pain. — Mo Gawdat

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

Bitter truth quote I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than normal and bitter.
I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than normal and bitter.

Nothing hurts like the truth. — American Proverbs

The truth hurts. — Filipino Proverbs

Tagore once said - art has to be beautiful, but, before that, it has to be truthful. Now, what is truth? There is no eternal truth. Every artist has to learn private truth though a painful private process. And that is what he has to convey. — Ritwik Ghatak

This morning, you have a choice. You can lay in the dark replaying the awful events of the week, or you can turn the light on and read God's Word-His truth-which is the best thing to do when lies are swarming and painful thoughts are attacking like a bunch of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. — Lysa TerKeurst

Harsh Truth Quotes

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I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice... I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard. — William Lloyd Garrison

Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie. — Robert Breault

Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it. — Timothy Keller

Bitter truth quote Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.

The truth is harsh." Anubis said. "Spirits come to the Hall of Judgement all the time, and they cannot let go of their lies. They deny their faults, their true feelings, their mistakes.......right up until Ammit devours their souls for eternity. It takes strength and courage to admit the truth. — Rick Riordan

As sure as water's wet and days are long and a friend will always disappoint you in the end. — Neil Gaiman

I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice. — William Lloyd Garrison

Bitter truth quote Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.
Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.

Inevitably we look upon society, so kind to you, so harsh to us, as an ill-fitting form that distorts the truth; deforms the mind; fetters the will. — Virginia Woolf

Dear me. Such harsh truths so early in the morning cannot be good for the digestion. — Cassandra Clare

Along with judging myself harshly, I'd also always seen the truth of goodness in me. — Tara Brach

Any one who is much talked of be much maligned. This seems to be a harsh conclusion; but when you consider how much more given men are to depreciate than to appreciate, you will acknowledge that there is some truth in the saying. — Arthur Helps

Truth Hurts Quotes

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The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. — Bob Marley

If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you're not worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. — Bob Marley

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If the truth shall kill them, let them die. — Ayn Rand

Bitter truth quote A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesnt' become
A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesnt' become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.

It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. — Adrian Rogers

The truth is... everything counts. Everything. Everything we do and everything we say. Everything helps or hurts; everything adds to or takes away from someone else. — Countee Cullen

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Hurt me with the truth,don't comfort me with a lie. — Rihanna

Bitter truth quote Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

It is better to disappoint people with the truth than to appease them with a lie. — Simon Sinek

Sometimes the truth hurts. It hurts because they have a weakness - and I exploit weakness. — Conor McGregor

If you want the happy tomorrows, you need the truths that hurt today. — Andrew Tate

A friend tells the truth even when it hurts. — Turkish Proverbs

Bitter Words Quotes

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If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted. — Amy Carmichael

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. — Solomon

Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their own image on men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer. — Blaise Pascal

To use bitter words, when kind words are at hand, Is like picking unripe fruit when the ripe fruit is there. — Thiruvalluvar

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. — Victor Hugo

Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss The brave man with a sword — Oscar Wilde

If words had flavors, hers would be bitter almonds and coffee grounds. — Jodi Picoult

Good medicine is bitter to the mouth, but has an effect on the disease. Faithful words hurt one's ears, but have value for one's conduct. — Takeda Nobushige

I am a messenger who will bring back word from the men who are fighting (WWI) to those who want the war to go on forever. Feeble, inarticulate will be my message, but it will have a bitter truth and may it burn their lousy souls. — Paul Nash

Nature in darkness groans and men are bound to sullen contemplation in the night: restless they turn on beds of sorrow; in their inmost brain feeling the crushing wheels, they rise, they write the bitter words of stern philosophy and knead the bread of knowledge with tears and groans. — William Blake

Bitter Quotes

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I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than normal and bitter. — Paulo Coelho

I found out that the things that hurt us the most can become the fuel and the catalyst that propel us toward our destiny. It will either make you bitter or it will make you better. — T. D. Jakes

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

No good water comes from a muddy spring. No sweet fruit comes from a bitter seed. — Jose Rizal

The reason why China suffers bitterly from endless wars is because of the existence of feudal lords and kings. — Qin Shi Huang

Lord, grant that anger or other bitterness does not reign over us, but that your grace, genuine kindness, loyalty, and every kind of friendliness, generosity, and gentleness may reign in us. Amen — Martin Luther

Those who march with us will certainly face abuse, misunderstanding, bitter animosity, and possibly the ferocity of struggle and of danger. In return, we can only offer to them the deep belief that they are fighting that a great land may live. — Oswald Mosley

Our life is full of brokenness - broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God's faithful presence in our lives. — Henri Nouwen

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False friends are worse than bitter enemies. — Scottish Proverbs

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Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet. — Proverbs

Unpleasant Truth Quotes

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We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life. — C. S. Lewis

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day. — C. S. Lewis

To act honestly- even at the risk of saying the unpleasant truth, or of saying no and causing distress to others- if done with intelligence and tact, is the kindest thing to do because it respects our own integrity and acknowledges in others the capacity to be competent and mature. — Piero Ferrucci

One should not hurt others even by words. One must not speak an unpleasant truth unnecessarily. — Sarada Devi

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne. — Quentin Crisp

The modern mind dislikes gold because it blurts out unpleasant truths. — Joseph A. Schumpeter

There came a time in everyone’s life when they realized that in spite of how hard they’d been running from themselves, everywhere they went, there they were: Addictions and compulsions were nothing but marching bands of distraction, masking truths that were unpleasant, but ultimately undeniable. — J.R. Ward

No matter how much we ask after the truth, self-awareness is often unpleasant. We do not feel kindly toward the Truthsayer. — Frank Herbert

Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth. — Benjamin Disraeli

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. — Lillian Hellman

Truth Is Painful Quotes

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Existence is this, I thought, a start of joy, a stab of pain, an intense pleasure, veins that pulse under the skin, there is no other truth to tell. — Elena Ferrante

Pain is inevitable, from this perspective, but suffering is an optional extra, resulting from our attachments, which represent our attempt to try to deny the unavoidable truth that everything is impermanent. — Oliver Burkeman

I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk throught the rain. — Audre Lorde

We may have to face God's truth about our pain--it is real, but we must be careful not to get God and life mixed up. God does not cause the pain and sorrow. He suffers with us and desires to comfort us as only he can. — Jill Briscoe

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

In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken..." — Carl Sagan

Ours is a society of denial that conditions us to protect ourselves from any direct difficulty and discomfort. We expend enormous energy denying our insecurity, fighting pain, death and loss and hiding from the basic truths of the natural world and of our own nature. — Jack Kornfield

The truth that many people never understand until it is too late is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer. — Thomas Merton

It is not insult from another that causes you pain. It is the part of your mind that agrees with the insult. Agree only with the truth about you, and you are free. — Alan Cohen

Evil people hate the light because it reveals themselves to themselves. ... They will destroy the light, the goodness, the love in order to avoid the pain of self-awareness. ... [E]vil is laziness carried to its ultimate, extraordinary extreme. — M. Scott Peck

Hard Truths Quotes

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My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. To tell the truth, there's hardly a difference. — Harry S. Truman

I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion we can ever know. — Bill W.

Our love grows soft if it is not strengthened by truth, and our truth grows hard if it is not softened by love. — John Stott

Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies. — Jim Morrison

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. Why is truth so hard to believe?Maya Angelou

They must find it hard to take Truth for authority who have so long mistaken Authority for Truth. — Gerald Massey

If you don't have time, the truth is, you don't have priorities. Think harder; don't work harder. — Tim Ferriss

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. — Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. — H. L. Mencken

"Integrative" simply means that this approach attempts to include as many important truths from as many disciplines as possible-from East as well as the West, from premodern and modern and postmodern, from the hard sciences of physics to the tender sciences of spirituality. — Ken Wilber

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The poor tell us who we are, the prophets tell us who we could be, so we hide the poor, and kill the prophets. — Philip Berrigan

The search for truth takes you where the evidence leads you, even if, at first, you don't want to go there. — Bart D. Ehrman

Now in the light of past and present events the bitter truth must be spoken. We feared too little and we hoped too much. We underestimated the bestiality of the enemy; we overestimtaed the humanity, the wisdom, the sense of justice of our friends. — Chaim Weizmann

Many of you have already found out, and others will find out in the course of their lives, that truth eludes us if we do not concentrate our attention totally on it's pursuit. But even while it eludes us, the illusion of knowing it still lingers and leads to many misunderstandings. Also, truth seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

So rather than face the bitter truth, China has placed severe restrictions on the Internet and enlisted America's high-tech companies as their Internet police. — Tom Lantos

What wretched doings come from the ardor of fame; the love of truth alone would never make one man attack another bitterly. — Charles Darwin

Just because other people think something, that doesn't make it true. Maybe there's some truth in that, but it's unsatisfying, bitter-tasting truth. — Cynthia Lord

Let us not search for the guilty ones only among others, let us speak the bitter truth: we are all guilty ... each and every one of us. — Maxim Gorky

She gave up beauty in her tender youth, gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways; she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity, and chose the bitter truth. — Christina Rossetti

The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture. — Richard J. Foster

I've learned of life this bitter truth Hope not between the crumbling walls Of mankind's gratitude to find repose, But rather, Build within thy own soul Fortresses! — Georgia Douglas Johnson

Souls in heathen darkness lying, where no light has broken through, souls that Jesus bought by dying, whom his soul in travail knew.... Haste, o haste and spread the tidings, let no shore be left untrod, no lost brother's bitter chidings haunt us from the further sod; tell the heathen all the precious truths of God. — Cecil Frances Alexander

Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the field of battle. — James A. Baldwin

Captain Lone Wolf Gonzaullas was one of a kind. I'm sure he would agree to this truth, If you continuously compete with others, you will become bitter. If you constantly compete with yourself, you can become great. — Jack White

Words can be said in bitterness and anger, and often there seems to be an element of truth in the nastiness. And words don't go away, they just echo around. — Jane Goodall

Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field. — James Baldwin

Better one bite at forty, of truths bitter rind, than the hot wine that gushed from the vintage of twenty. — James Russell Lowell

Let every one of us cultivate, in every word that issues from our mouth, absolute truth. I say cultivate, because to very few people - as may be noticed of most young children - does truth, this rigid, literal veracity, come by nature. To many, even who love it and prize it dearly in others, it comes only after the self-control, watchfulness, and bitter experience of years. — Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

It is a damned sight easier to start wars than to end them. This truth has been stated for as long and as often as it has been ignored. High time and thank God, we are at least moving toward de-escalation in Vietnam. The road to extrication will be long, painful, bitter. But it must be trod. We are so bogged down in Vietnam that we cannot respond effectively anywhere else in the world to a military power play except through atomic bombardment. — Malcolm Forbes

Give heed to the cause of the holy Roman Church, mother of all churches and teacher of the faith, whom you by the order of God, have consecrated by your blood. Against the Roman Church, you warned, lying teachers are rising, introducing ruinous sects, and drawing upon themselves speedy doom. Their tongues are fire, a restless evil, full of deadly poison. They have bitter zeal, contention in their hearts, and boast and lie against the truth. — Pope Leo X

Some pious men may find this truth unorthodox and bitter: But Nature, Chance, and Time ensure survival of the fitter! — Robert Charles Wilson

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