If people were completely virtuous, they would never step aside from the truth.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
— John 3:19-21
Don’t be afraid of a person in any position, in low or high standing, whether he is a scholar or an ignorant person. If you respect all people, you should love all people, and fear no one.
— William Ellery Channing
The consequences of any good thing which you have done in your life will die as soon as you step aside from the truth. The high spirit which lives in you and which is united with you is looking all the time for good and evil.
Truth can be understood only by waiting and watching, and when you get one truth, two more will appear before you.
— John Ruskin
The truth is harmful only to evildoers. Those who do good; love the truth.