"The sum and substance of literary as well as social morality may be expressed in three words - tell the truth. It matters not how the tongues of the critics may wag, or the voices of a partially developed and highly conventionalized society may complain, the business of the author as well as of other works upon the earth, is to say what he knows to be true, and, having said as much, to abide the result with patience."
"Truth is what is; and the seeing of what is, the realization of truth. To express what we see honestly and without subterfuge: this is morality as well as art."
from the short essay "True Art Speaks Plainly" by Theodore Dreiser, 1903