The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 6 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).
Ever since Plato banned poetry from the Republic, statements like this have been controversial, at least in the minds of philosophers. Here, Emerson anticipates the late 20th-century work in philosophy of literature, hermeneutics, and literary theory that seeks to heal the ancient rift between philosophy and poetry.)
As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truthwhatever the truth may bethat fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.
(June Jordan (b. 1936), U.S. poet, essayist, and social critic. On Call, ch. 10 (1985).
Written in 1984.)
Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels all over the place. You can hide Truth under a doormat, but eventually the mat will rise very high with Time - forcing it to reveal all the truths it concealed.