Telling the truth in writing, in journalism and in life…

Per my last entry on telling the truth, I’ve collected a few quotes on being honest in journalism, in writing and in life. Enjoy!

From one of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott:

Write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act – truth is always subversive.

From Jesus (as recorded in the book of John chapter 8 verse 32):

“If you hold to my teaching, you really are my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

From David Aikman at the World Journalism Institute:

Journalists can be self-important enough as it is without adding to their sense of worth…but it is certainly the case that, as we are true to our profession, and diligent, and as godly as God’s grace can make us, our truth-telling and truth-seeking will speak loudly to our society about God’s truth and the truths of life in every sense…We can play the role of speaking the truth to power, or speaking the truth to people who in general are unwilling to hear it.

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