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Wise Quotes about Honesty

May you find great value in these Honesty quotes and sayings.

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

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Only good comes from being honest and true.
Only harm and suffering cone from falsehood.
It doesn't always feel as if good comes from truth and honesty,
but, in the long run, it does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it.
- Mark Twain

I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business.
- Harvey S. Firestone

 

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return.
It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
- Arthur C. Clarke

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.
- Charles Baudelaire

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Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess,
and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
- Josh Billings

Give your time and efforts freely or not at all.
When you are tempted to say,
"Oh, if I have to, I'll skip my golf game
and watch my daughter play soccer," don't do it.
Either generate the heart-felt emotion
to make the free-will gift,
"I'd love to watch your game today, Sandy,"
or the honesty to decline the request gracefully.
Martyrdom doesn't create happiness
for any of the parties involved.
An honest, "No" is preferable to a coerced "Yes."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And so it's inescapable and people who proclaim scrupulous
honesty can only proclaim that if they don't examine
closely the things they believe.
- Todd Rundgren

I have built my reputation on honesty,
I have sometimes been too honest.
- David Blunkett

Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty
is always the best policy.
It is not.
- Dean Inge

Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed
by that maxim is not an honest man.
- Richard Whately

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
- John Ruskin

But I love honesty, and, therefore; do I make great account of facts.
- Gerrit Smith

Anything well written with good language and clarity
and honesty is worth doing.
It comes out of the same tradition as Shakespeare.
- Michael Moriarty

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
- Plutarch

I like honesty and fair play.
- Marcus Garvey

He that loseth his honesty hath nothing else to lose.
- John Lyly

Coming out is a means of redefining oneself,
of claiming membership in a lifestyle and a social
order with distinct values.
Chief among these values is honesty.
- Lance Loud

Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.
- George Saunders

Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence.
- Lemuel K. Washburn

That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity.
So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone,
to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.
- Meredith Monk

Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity.
- Michel de Montaigne

Both politicians and journalists face situations which
strain their honesty and humanity.
My opinion is that politicians on the average stand
up somewhat better than journalists.
- John McCarthy

Honesty is very sexy.
- Valerie Bertinelli

The person who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality
quite as much as the honesty.
Possibly more.
- Richard J. Needham

Honesty is the cornerstone of all success,
without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
- Mary Kay Ash

Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty
and he will receive you into his favor.
- Henry Fielding

Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.
- Stephen Vincent Benet

Confidence...
thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations,
on faithful protection and on unselfish performance.
Without them it cannot live.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

And, because there was an honesty about all that was going on.
It connected with the people in the street.
- Ben E. King

All stories should have some honesty and truth in them,
otherwise you're just playing about.
- Nigel Kneale

If money, education, and honesty will not bring to me as much privilege,
as much equality as they bring to any American citizen,
then they are to me a curse, and not a blessing.
- John Hope

Honesty is the most single most important factor having
a direct bearing on the final success of an individual,
corporation, or product.
- Ed McMahon

I feel honesty always works.
- Bobby Unser

A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can
be cured only by the honesty of humility.
- Lawrence G. Lovasik

Washington's entire honesty of mind and his fearless
look into the face of all facts are qualities which
can never go out of fashion and which we should all do well to imitate.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

In all my public and private acts as your president,
I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor
with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end.
- Gerald R. Ford

Acting is all about truth and honesty,
and the sensitivity that's capable of transporting you.
- Thomas Kretschmann

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything.
I am strongly in favor of common sense,
common honesty, and common decency.
This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
- H. L. Mencken

Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty.
When I am honest I never feel stupid.
And when I am honest I am automatically humble.
- Hugh Prather

It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
- Noel Coward

Three simple words - freedom, justice and honesty.
These sum up what the Liberal Democrats stand for.
- Charles Kennedy

Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor
that I find irresistible,
as a contemporary poet.
- Robert Morgan

All men profess honesty as long as they can.
To believe all men honest would be folly.
To believe none so is something worse.
- John Quincy Adams

I'd much rather have the honesty than not.
Because if you will say what's on your mind and get it off your chest,
then the sooner I can prove you wrong!
- Garth Brooks

TV is a major force in our lives - a FORCE.
It must be handled very carefully, both its censure
and its artistic honesty.
- Bill Bixby

I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please
than by the honesty of trying to hurt.
- Jessamyn West

Honesty is all you need.
- Cass Elliot

They envy the distinction I have won;
let them therefore,
envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
- Sallust

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
- Plato

All pro sports, as well as the NCAA,
should thank God every day we have sports betting here...
We have the only agency in the world that regulates the honesty of games.
- Meyer Lansky

If you write songs and if you write music that's very sincere and very honest,
it's pop music, but it is pop music with a lot of honesty and a lot of heart.
- Jon Secada

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to
its possessor unless it is kept under control.
- Don Marquis

Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions,
comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.
- Freeman Thomas

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
- Kin Hubbard

The high road is always respected.
Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.
- Scott Hamilton

I am a very conscientious golfer.
I count every stroke.
I learned to play that way.
That is the only way I can play.
It taught me to be honest.
There is no greater virtue than honesty.
- Martin Sheen

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
- Thomas Jefferson

Concentration is my motto - first honesty,
then industry, then concentration.
- Andrew Carnegie

There is indeed a inherently honesty to it.
- Ben Edwards

An autobiography is not about pictures;
it's about the stories; it's about honesty and as much
truth as you can tell without coming too close to other people's privacy.
- Boris Becker

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked
by honesty and how few by deceit.
- Noel Coward

A friend to honesty and a foe to crime.
- Allan Pinkerton

The first question at that time in poetry was simply the question of honesty,
of sincerity.
- George Oppen

Intellectual honesty is the quality that the public
in free countries always has expected of historians;
much more than that it does not expect,
nor often get.
- Samuel E. Morison

Acting is all about honesty.
If you can fake that, you've got it made.
- George Burns

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty,
character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.
- Zig Ziglar

More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning,
compassion, love of others, honesty,
and discipline applied with understanding.
- Paul D. Boyer

Honesty will never break you.
- Kate Hudson


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