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Journaling Prompts

Two sides to every story or "that's not the way I remember it":

The Rashomon effect is the effect of the subjectivity of perception on  recollection, by which observers of an event are able to produce substantially  different but equally plausible accounts of it. It is named for Akira Kurosawa's  film Rashomon, in which a crime witnessed by four individuals is described in  four mutually contradictory ways.

Have you experienced the rashomon effect? Do you have a recollection of an event or chain of events where someone else involved has a completely different understanding of the same event?

Reality- Face the Facts:

Have you ever been confused about whether you were living in reality about a situation? What happened when you had to face facts and accept a truth that you didn't like? Or what might happen if you do need to accept a truth about the future?

Undisputed Champion:

If you had to be totally honest, what is it you’re best at, without being modest. It could even be something you're not proud of but still ‘excel’ at. No one would disagree that you're the undisputed champion of ______ (fill in the blank). Is tehre one great thing and one not-so-great thing you're good at? Are they related, two sides of a coin?

Honesty and Integrity:

Have you ever lied in an important situation? Have you cheated on a test, in a relationship? Is there such a thing as white lies, ones that don’t hold much weight? When if ever can a lie be justified? How do you feel about someone lying to you?

True North:

What or whom can you believe in above all else? Is there someone or something that stands alone as a beacon of truth (and justice and the American What belief or idea serves as your ‘true north’ and does it serve you or hold you back? How can you tell when you are veering from your path?


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The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

Albert Einstein


Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

Albert Einstein


Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.



There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.



I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."

Abraham Lincoln


If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain


The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Winston Churchill


Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.

Mahatma Gandhi


Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

Mahatma Gandhi


When in doubt tell the truth.

Mark Twain


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Oscar Wilde


Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.



The object of the superior man is truth.



The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Oscar Wilde


There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

Maya Angelou


He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

Thomas Jefferson


There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.

Thomas Jefferson


We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

John F. Kennedy


The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.

John F. Kennedy


All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.

Friedrich Nietzsche


All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Half a truth is often a great lie.

Benjamin Franklin


The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.



When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Khalil Gibran


Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'

Khalil Gibran


Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.

Khalil Gibran


Tell the children the truth.

Bob Marley


Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.

George Washington


Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.

George Carlin


The words of truth are always paradoxical.

Lao Tzu


When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.

Lao Tzu


Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

Henry David Thoreau


It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.

Henry David Thoreau


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


For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.



The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.



Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.

Edgar Allan Poe


It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.

Edgar Allan Poe


The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.

Oprah Winfrey


Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.



To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.



Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.



I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.



Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

Swami Vivekananda


The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

Ayn Rand


I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

Harry S. Truman


The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.

Franklin D. Roosevelt


In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell


There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.

Charles Dickens


The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.



Peace if possible, truth at all costs.

Martin Luther


Wisdom is found only in truth.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

Albert Camus


How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

Albert Camus


All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer


I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.
Jiddu Krishnamurti


Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.

Emily Dickinson


The best mind-altering drug is the truth.
Lily Tomlin


When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
William Blake

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.
Albert Schweitzer


I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
H. L. Mencken


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