Goodness, Truth, and Beauty

(50 quotes)

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
Flannery O’Connor

Beauty will save the world.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Truth is not private property.
Saint Augustine

Withholding the truth of Christianity would be even more uncharitable than withholding a cure for cancer.

It is because we are standing on our heads that Christ’s philosophy seems upside-down.

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is the truth.

Aristotle

The heart has reasons the mind knows not of.
Blaise Pascal

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
G.K. Chesterton

Truth: You can throw dirt on it, but it’ll still exist.

It is easy to find truth, though it is hard to face it, and harder still to follow it.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

It is better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a pig satisfied.
John Stuart Mill

Freedom that lacks moral truth becomes its own worst enemy.
George Weigel

Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified.
G.K. Chesterton

I wish to create a church so beautiful that it would move even the hardest heart to prayer.
The unknown architect of Glastonbury Abbey

The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.
Saint John Paul the Great

The greatest kindness one can render to any man is leading him to truth.
Saint Augustine

Love without truth devolves into sentimentality. Truth without love becomes cold and calculated.
Father Robert Barron (paraphrasing Pope Benedict XVI)

The great medieval cathedrals are Bibles of stone.

Truth does not change; it is only forgotten from one generation to the next.

The truth is the truth even if no one believes it, and a lie is a lie even if everyone believes it.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Anyone who seeks truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it.
Edith Stein, also known as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Theology is simply that part of religion that requires brains.
G.K. Chesterton

If you want peace, work for justice. If you want justice, defend life. If you want life, embrace the truth – the truth revealed by God.
Saint John Paul the Great

I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever.
G.K. Chesterton

Truth has no expiration date.

People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.
George R.R. Martin

What is right is more important than who is right.
Coach John Wooden

Truth sounds like hate to those who hate truth.

I’d rather be a hypocrite than a heretic. A hypocrite knows the truth but fails to live by it. A heretic changes the truth according to how he lives.
Father Dwight Longenecker

In Catholicism there is no right or left but only orthodoxy and error.
Timothy Stanley

If you look at a thing 999 times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it for the 1000th time, you are in danger of seeing it for the first time.

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw God’s truth being attacked and remained silent.
John Calvin

Hans Urs von Balthasar maintained that the best evangelistic strategy is to capture people with the beautiful, then enchant them with the good, and then lead them to the true.
Father Robert Barron

It is better to hurt someone with the truth than to comfort him or her with a lie.
Crystalina Evert

Even if they are demanding answers, the young are not afraid of them; more to the point, they even await them.
Saint John Paul the Great

Begin with the beautiful, which leads you to the good, which leads you to the truth.
Father Robert Barron

Beauty is the arrowhead of evangelization.
Father Robert Barron

The world is God’s cathedral.

Truth draws strength from itself and not from the number of votes in its favour.
Pope Benedict XVI

The purpose of dialogue is to move closer to truth.

In contemporary America, most people are not moved by claims of truth or goodness. Relativism has made truth to be whatever you want, thereby turning the good into whatever makes you feel good. So how can you engage the average nonbeliever? How can you place him on the road that would lead him back to the Truth and the Good? Show him beauty.
Father John Cihak

Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being.
Saint Paul of the Cross

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.
Saint John Paul the Great

Who are the true philosophers? Those whose passion is to love the truth.
Plato

I did once say that to me art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith.
Pope Benedict XVI 

God didn’t give Adam and Eve the right to decide what was good and evil. He gave them the right to choose between good and evil.
Mark Hart

Speaking truth will rarely earn you friends, but it will reveal who your true friends are and who are true friends of Christ.
Mark Hart

It’s your obligation to speak the truth, and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such a poverty of truth today.
Mother Angelica

Everything we see in a Catholic church is there for a single purpose: to tell a love story.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina

Learning a little philosophy will lead you away from God, but learning a lot of philosophy will lead you back.

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