The letter of morality kills: the spirit of morality, which is the love of right, the love of truth, an inward truthfulness of soul, a fidelity to one’s own highest nature, an aspiration after whatever things are pure, and lovely, and noble, — this it is which fills the soul through and through, at once with magnanimity and humility, at once with courage and modesty; makes us faithful without pedantry, and holy without cant and pretense.
James Freeman Clarke, The Hour Which Cometh (1868) p.20 (Unitarian, clergy, author, reformer)
Nothing from man’s hands, no law, nor constitution, can be final. Truth alone is final.
Charles Sumner (Unitarian, lawyer, abolitionist, U.S. Senator)
Poetry uses the rainbow tints for special effects, but always keeps its essential object in the purest white light of truth.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr) (Unitarian, poet, physician, editor, author, critic)
Truth has a right of way everywhere
Theodore Parker (Unitarian, Transcendentalist, reformer, abolitionist, clergy) Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Vol. 1 (1867) p.125
When error is so often repeated it becomes very important to repeat the truth; especially as good men are apt to be quiet, and selfish men are prone to be active.
Lydia Maria Child (Unitarian, author, reformer) An Appeal In Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1836) p.209
Error is always more busy than truth.
Hosea Ballou (Universalist, clergy)
Death is a mighty, universal truth.
Charles Dickens (Unitarian, author, editor, reformer)
Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehoods, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, author)
Truth without love does not seem beautiful.
James Freeman Clarke (Unitarian, reformer, clergy) Everyday Religion (1866) p.68
It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak, and another to hear.
Henry David Thoreau (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, pencil-maker, surveyor, naturalist, philosopher)