"Truth is mighty, and must in the end prevail over mere authority." [Bloomfield-Moore, A Pioneer in an Unknown Realm]
"A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." [Max Planck]
"Have you felt truth in moments of joy? For if you have not, you have missed its meaning. Truth is not a feeling of what is right and what is wrong – these are but judgments made of man. Truth is in joy that releases you from fear. Truth is the presence of laughter as you feel the wind upon your face. Truth is every pure thought and feeling you have that reaches out to God and to your brother. You will not find it in words." [Dialogue on Awakening, fourth edition, page xxvi]
"The difference between a truth based on an opinion and on wisdom is this. Wisdom backs itself up by science; opinion gives no proof but someone's opinion. Here is the difference. Man who is under the wisdom of opinion has no idea on what his opinion are based. All controversy springs from this error." [Quimby]
Truth is the death or sting of opinions. Science of God is eternal life in this wisdom. This is the science whose light lighteth the dark dens of disease and leads the sick from their hiding places into that wisdom that will guide them through this world of opinions and land them safe on the shores of Eternal Truth. [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby]
"All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third it is accepted as self-evident." [Arthur Schopenhauer]
Q - "What is truth?"
A - "That which makes aware of the Divine within each and every activity; that is of the mental, the material, the spiritual self - and is a growth in each and every soul... What is Truth? That which makes aware to the inmost self or the soul the Divine and its purposes with that soul." Cayce (262-81)
"Wherever Truth is made manifest it gives place to that which is heaven for those that seek and love truth!" Cayce (262-87)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, speaking through his creation Sherlock Holmes, said, "When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however unlikely, must be the truth."
"A truth's initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn't the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn't flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic!" [Dresden James, Author]
"It ain't what ya don't know that hurts ya. What really puts a hurtin' on ya is what ya knows for sure, that just ain't so." [Uncle Remus]
"Truth is the unalterable, unchangeable law, ever. What is truth? Law! What is law? Love! What is love? God! What is God? Law and Love. These are as the cycle of truth itself... He is the same yesterday, today and forever - unalterable... I Am That I Am. That is true." Cayce (3574-2)
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident." [Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher, 1788-1860]
"As He has given, it will ever be found that Truth - whether in this or that schism or ism or cult - is of the One source. Are there not trees of oak, of ash, of pine? There are the needs of these for meeting this or that experience." Cayce (254-87)
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." Mark Twain
"Truth is often stranger than fiction because fiction is obliged to make sense." Mark Twain
"The main thing is to have a soul that loves the truth and harbours it where he finds it. And another thing: truth requires constant repetition, because error is being preached about us all the time, and not only by isolated individuals but by the masses. In the newspapers and encyclopedias, in schools and universities, everywhere error rides high and basks in the consciousness of having the majority on its side." Goethe
"Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained." Mahatma Mahatama Gandhi
"Truth is a growth. For what is truth today may be tomorrow only partially so, to a developing soul!" Cayce (1297-1)
"Ultimate freedom depends on knowing the ultimate truth. Truth is not what people say it is, it is what it is. And truth, quite remarkably, sets one free." Hubbard
"To know the truth is to make you free (John 8:32)! Truth is as Life, a growing consciousness in self." Cayce (323-2)
"There is no path to truth, it must come to you. Truth can come to you only when your mind and heart are simple, clear, and there is love in your heart; not if your heart is filled with the things of the mind." Krishnamurti
"Truth is a growth, and hence, an EARNING, a yearning, a growing, and is EARNED by he or she that applies that known in the manner that IS in keeping with His Will." Cayce (262-19)
"Arguments will seldom change the aspects or views of any. And truth itself needs no champion for it is of itself champion of champions... It is much easier to refrain from error - in speech or in activity - than to seek forgiveness for the word quickly spoken." Cayce (1669-1)
"It is needful for man to interpret his own experience 'The Lord thy God is One' (Mark 12:29). Each and every individual are attempting to give their interpretation, and you may be sure that each is just as sincere as the other. That they each have found something within the other is not evidence that either is wrong, or either is right. The answer is according to that each one is doing about that which answers to the first and the last command to man: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, thy mind, thy body: thy neighbor as thyself." Those who conform the nearer to that are correct. Yet, do any? Do you? Does your neighbor?" Cayce (5142-1) [See Allowing, Forgiveness]
"Half a truth is worse than a whole lie, it deceiveth even the soul." Cayce (366-1)
To Those Seeking the Truth
from Quimby, The Complete Writings, Volume I
This is written to show you how you stand in regard to this truth and how I stand in regard to you. This applies to all persons seeking after the truth. I will liken it unto a treasure in the wilderness of which you have heard and go in search of. You stand in your search with no guides but what you have seen and enjoyed. You hear of men embarking in the enterprise, but not having found it shortly return to their own opinion. You listen to their story and learn as far as they are concerned they have never seen one who has entered that land of light, where disease never comes. They all after a short time return and live and die in their own belief. This makes you feel gloomy; then one comes along saying, I have felt the warm atmosphere of the place; it invigorates me and I felt as buoyant as though I had been in the air. This gives you courage and you pray that you may be guided by this light that you see now and then dimly and so you travel on, sometimes in the dark, guided by a power that you cannot see, sometimes by the light of Wisdom and then you take courage.
Now in the darkness of the night, you hear the cries of the sick who are tormented and you halt, not knowing what to do. Then some unknown hand reaches out and in a whispering voice says, Fear not, pass forward; then come the groans of the dying and you tremble. At last the voice of the sick dies away and the light of Wisdom springs up and you see the prize you are seeking for in the darkness. So you tread lighter and lighter till you become so buoyant that you feel as though you did not weigh anything. Now you are standing in this place between opinion and Wisdom and looking at everything as you see it, but not knowing the names of things you meet. You hesitate, but you have gone so far that you cannot get back, yet not far enough to feel sure that it is the land of the living. So you are surveying the land and reasoning about it. At last, shadows will appear before your eyes and your senses will be brought into play. The shadows will take form, then life will enter. Voices like the rushing winds will salute your ears, and you will look and individuals will arise of flesh and blood. Then you will know that you have passed from death unto life; your belief is lost in sight, you will not doubt. Your grief will be turned into joy and you will see that all your misery is in opinions. And as you grow, you will see the error of the world's opinions.
I will now tell you where I am and how I am leading you along. You are in the old world or testament. I am in the new world or testament, not P. P. Quimby but this truth. It is the light that lighteth everyone that cometh into this world and to make you understand it, it takes upon itself flesh and blood. So when it speaks, it speaks not as man speaks, but it speaks the truth, not opinions. The natural man is opinion, not wisdom; the scientific man is not flesh and blood but wisdom. And where wisdom is recognized by the natural man, then the natural man is not far from the kingdom of heaven. To gain the kingdom of heaven is to gain Science. There are many kinds of science, but they are all from one great wisdom. And science is the name of that particular application of wisdom to a particular phenomenon. For instance, chemistry is the name of a wisdom reduced to practice and the practice is called science. Now man looks upon chemistry as something separate and apart from him as much as religion, while chemistry is one of the elements of his own existence, for it contains no matter. So it is with mathematics and all the sciences that ever have been developed. Man is just as large as he is wise in Science, so science is that solid that will break in pieces all opinions. There is one development of wisdom that has never been acknowledged by the natural man and when that is acknowledged, the natural man then becomes subject to a higher power. This is the Science of Wisdom whose fruits are health and happiness. This is the foundation of all other sciences. It is the rock of wisdom and man is made of it. Opinion is its servant and when the servant becomes the master, then the wicked reign and the people mourn.
It may be asked if health and happiness is a science, how can it be put into practice for the benefit of man? I answer, Just as you put into practice any other branch of wisdom for man's good. All wisdom that has been reduced or developed is the growth of the scientific man. And as wisdom is developed, it is put into practice for the happiness of man. Opinions or beliefs are the natural man, and as he dies, the spiritual or scientific man takes his place. Just as the wilderness is the natural man and civilization clears away the trees and cultivates the soil, so the natural man is full of brutal and false ideas warring against himself. And science lies and sees the wicked do wickedly till their wickedness is destroyed by the weapons of their own make. As the wisdom is developed that sees through all the evils of the world of opinion and belief, it corrects the error and establishes the truth. This changes the natural man into a man of wisdom that will see that human misery is based on an opinion. Let a person just look at himself as the image of his maker and he will see that man is a complete image of the very God he ought to worship.
I will make the one living and true man: the father, the son and the Holy Ghost. The scientific or wisdom is the father; the idea man or matter the son, or flesh and blood; the explanation of the unity is the Holy Ghost or wisdom. These three make the one living and true man. The father or wisdom will reign through the son or matter by the word or Holy Ghost till all enemies are explained through the son. Then the son shall become subject to the father or science and wisdom shall reign all in all. In the days of old, this wisdom spake through the prophets. At last, it spake through science or a wiser medium, but it has never spoken to the sick in prison. But ancient and modern philosophy has looked for the true Messiah or Wisdom that shall open the prison doors, burst the bolts and bars, break the chains of superstition and set the captive free. When this comes, there shall be a time such as was never seen before, when the priests and doctors shall hide their faces from the people to keep from being ridiculed for their superstition and ignorance. They will be set down on a level with the old Salem witchcraft. Their power shall be taken away from them and they shall be turned out to eat the fruits of their own labor. Then to be religious is to show the world that you can correct some of the diseases that have been invented by these blind guides. As man knows himself, he learns that all he is, is his life, and his senses are in his life, that opinions are mind subject to his life. His life embraces all his faculties and his happiness is in knowing that he is no part of what is seen by the eye of opinion. The world is the shadow of wisdom's amusement. All that is seen by the natural man is mind reduced to a state called matter." Quimby, October 1861
False to the Truth
"You cannot make an opinion about the truth. You can experience it, you can taste it, you can be it, but you cannot have an opinion about it, because the moment truth faces you, you are no more. The ego that used to make opinions simply disappears, just as when you bring light into a dark room the darkness disappears. In fact it was never there it was only the absence of light. The moment the light is present, how can the light and the darkness exist together?
"And your opinion is simply a barrier in finding the truth. You somehow have got the idea that fact and truth are synonymous; they are not. Sometimes the fiction is more true than the fact. Just look at the three hundred years' growth of science. Everything has changed. Aristotle's logic was a great discovery, accepted by all for almost thousand years. Now it is just garbage. Non-Aristotelian logic has taken its place; someday it will also be in the garbage.
"Man's truth - what he calls fact - has no validity. It is the blind man's idea of light. Why should I have any respect for it? And the most amazing part is: why are you disturbed? The psychology of it is very clear. When I don't pay any respect to the so-called facts, your knowledgeable mind gets disturbed. You want me to be infallible, you want me to be the greatest master in the world. Not that you are interested in me, your interest is in being the disciple of the greatest master in the world. Your desire is to belong to a master who is always respectful of facts.
"Remember, in many different contexts this will happen to you. I have said again and again, I am a fallible, ordinary man. And to be a disciple of a fallible, ordinary man is disturbing. But that simply shows your ego and its longing. You would like to make me a God, because then you become also God's disciple. Then there is a direct communication line between God and you.
"Forgive me, I am not God, and there is no one who is, no one who has ever been. It is your psychology that has created the prophets, the messiahs, the avatars. They fulfilled your desire. And naturally, it was good business: they became messiahs, and you became the special apostles of the messiah. Unless man drops this stupid psychology, it is very difficult to get rid of messiahs, prophets, great masters, because you are so insistent on being a great disciple. How can you be a great disciple if the master is fallible?
"I am trying in every way to destroy your psychology, which has dominated humanity for centuries. It has made you almost unintelligent, but the balloon of your ego goes on becoming bigger and bigger. You, your individuality, your consciousness, go on diminishing in the same proportion.
"What do you want? Should I say things which satisfy you? Or should I say things as they are, whether they satisfy you or hurt you? It is your responsibility, it is not my concern."
From the False to the Truth
Chapter title: All promise for tomorrow are lies