Quotes on Honesty

I learned years ago not to doze off or leave my wallet lying around in the presence of people who tell me that they are more moral than others. Carl Rowan Quote Details

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I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain (what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an "Honest Man." George Washington Quote Details

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I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false is guilty of falsehood, and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him. Abraham Lincoln Quote Details

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If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain Quote Details

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

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Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? Cicero Quote Details

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The universe does not favor the greedy, the dishonest, the vicious, although on the mere surface it may sometimes appear to do so; it helps the honest, the magnanimous, the virtuous. All the great Teachers of the ages have declared this in varying forms, and to prove and know it a man has but to persist in making himself more and more virtuous by lifting up his thoughts. James Allen Quote Details

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This above all, to thine own self be true; and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare Quote Details

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Our willingness to openly reveal our feelings in our argument nearly always builds our credibility. Gerry Spence Quote Details

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To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. Edward Murrow Quote Details

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It is better to have a thief than a liar working for you, because at least you can watch a thief. Larry Winget Quote Details

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I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it. Lee Iacocca Quote Details

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I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. Alan Greenspan Quote Details

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Let him who would be happy for a day go to the barber; for a week, marry a wife; for a month, buy him a new horse; for a year, build him a new house; for all his lifetime, be an honest man. Thomas Fuller Quote Details

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Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night. Robert Edwards Quote Details

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Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children. Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote Details

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Honesty is like food. Both are necessary, but too much of either creates discomfort. Scott Adams Quote Details

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There's only one story in life for which you'll have every answer: the truth. If you live an exemplary life, and do what you're supposed to do, you walk down the block and you don't worry if someone is tapping you on the shoulder asking a question. Bob Hurley Quote Details

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I don't think telling the truth ever gets anyone in trouble in the long run. Maybe the day after, but not in the long run. Steve Spurrier Quote Details

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Honesty is telling the truth - in other words, conforming our words to reality. Integrity is conforming reality to our words - in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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He who dares not offend cannot be honest. Thomas Paine Quote Details

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The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. Anne Lindbergh Quote Details

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I think track records are very important. If you start early trying to have a perfect one in some simple thing like honesty, you're well on your way to success in this world. Charlie Munger Quote Details

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Trickery and treachery are the practices of fools that have not the wits enough to be honest. Benjamin Franklin Quote Details

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I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind. David Ricardo Quote Details

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Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense. Steve Landesberg Quote Details

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Ordinary fools are all right; you can talk to them, and try to help them out. But pompous fools—guys who are fools and are covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus—THAT, I CANNOT STAND! An ordinary fool isn't a faker; an honest fool is all right. But a dishonest fool is terrible! Richard Feynman Quote Details

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Honesty is more than telling the truth. It means not keeping secrets. Not only does secrecy isolate people from each other, but when you're hiding something, it's rarely good. It's usually something about which you are embarrassed or ashamed. It is a weakness. Meg Meeker Quote Details

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Honest people are a refuge: You know they mean what they say; you know they will not say one thing to your face and another behind your back; you know they will tell you when they think you have failed—and for this reason their praise cannot be mistaken for mere flattery. Sam Harris Quote Details

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Lying is, almost by definition, a refusal to cooperate with others. It condenses a lack of trust and trustworthiness into a single act. It is both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood. To lie is to recoil from relationship. Sam Harris Quote Details

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By lying, we deny others a view of the world as it is. Our dishonesty not only influences the choices they make, it often determines the choices they can make—and in ways we cannot always predict. Every lie is a direct assault upon the autonomy of those we lie to. Sam Harris Quote Details

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[A] willingness to be honest—especially about truths that one might be expected to conceal—often leads to much more gratifying exchanges with other human beings. Sam Harris Quote Details

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