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Honesty Quotes

There are two great forces in this world — good and evil; and no man is worth his salt unless he has lost and won battle for a principle.

P. Gouthey


An honest man’s the noblest work of God.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British Poet, Critic, Translator)


Honesty is the best policy.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)


You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. [Leviticus 19:11]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.

Billy Graham (1918-, American Evangelist)


To live outside the law, you must be honest.

Bob Dylan (1941-, American Musician, Singer, Songwriter)


Honest hearts produce honest actions.

Brigham Young (1801-1877, American Mormon Leader)


If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

Cardinal De Richelieu (1585-1642, French Statesman)


The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful must take himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable, renascent errors.

Charles Peguy (1873-1914, French Poet, Philosopher)


Prefer a loss to dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.

Chilo (560 BC, Greek Sage)


Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them.

Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904, American Author, Lawyer)


When we are not honest, we are cut off from a significant resource of ourselves, a vital dimension that is necessary for unity and wholeness.

Clark Moustakas (Humanistic Psychologist)


Successful people have cultivated the habit of never denying to themselves their true feelings and attitudes. They have no need for pretenses.

David Harold Fink


People may or may not say what they mean… but they always say something designed to get what they want.

David Mamet (1947-, American Playwright)


Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

Don Marquis (1878-1937, American Humorist, Journalist)


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

Don Marquis (1878-1937, American Humorist, Journalist)


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

Ed Mcmahon (American TV Host)


You can never lose anything that really belongs to you, and you can’t keep that which belongs to someone else.

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945, American Psychic Medium)


How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people.

Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940, American Author)


No such thing as a man willing to be honest –that would be like a blind man willing to see.

Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American Writer)


Nothing resembles an honest man more than a cheat.

French Proverb


If honesty did not exist, we ought to invent it as the best means of getting rich.

Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau (1749-1791, French Revolutionary Politician, Orator)


We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist)


You’ve got to be honest; if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

George Burns (1896-1996, American Comedy Actor)


They’re only truly great who are truly good.

George Chapman (1557-1634, British Dramatist, Translator, Poet)


I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

George Washington (1732-1799, First President of the USA)


You can’t make wrong work.

Gerald Waterhouse


There is one way to find out if a man is honest; ask him! If he says yes you know he’s crooked.

Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American Comic Actor)


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

Henri Nouwen (Christian Author)


Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)


Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British Novelist, Dramatist)


From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German Philosopher)


Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.

James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American Essayist, Author of “As a Man Thinketh”)


Honesty prospers in every condition of life.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German Dramatist, Poet, Historian)


Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist)


There is no twilight zone of honesty in business. A thing is right or it’s wrong. It’s black or it’s white.

John F. Dodge


The true measure of life is not length, but honesty.

John Lyly (1554-1606, British Writer)


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

John Ruskin (1819-1900, British Critic, Social Theorist)


Be prepared and be honest.

John Wooden (1910-, American Basketball Coach)


Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you lie, even with a little white lie, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure.

Joseph Sugarman (American Businessman)


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 (1815-1885, American Humorist, Lecturer)


When you accept yourself completely you do not have to maintain a phony front, drive yourself to “achieve” or feel insecure if people tune-in to you and what you are doing.

Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American Author)


Do not do what you would undo if caught.

Leah Arendt


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 (1924-, American Businessman, Former CEO of Chrysler)



The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.

Leo Buscaglia (American Expert on Love, Lecturer, Author)


Morality may consist solely in the courage of making a choice.

Leon Blum (1872-1950, French Statesman and Prime Minister)


Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is doing a public service.

Leslie Stephen


Oh for someone with a heart, head and hand. Whatever they call them, what do I care, aristocrat, democrat, autocrat, just be it one that can rule and dare not lie. 

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British Poet)


That which is won ill, will never wear well, for there is a curse attends it which will waste it. The same corrupt dispositions which incline men to sinful ways of getting, will incline them to the like sinful ways of spending.



Honesty is the best policy — when there is money in it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer)


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

Mary Kay Ash (American Businesswoman, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.

Merry Browne


No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged.

Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French Philosopher, Essayist)


Understand this law and you will then know, beyond room for the slightest doubt, that you are constantly punishing yourself for every wrong you commit and rewarding yourself for every act of constructive conduct in which you indulge.

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American Speaker, Motivational Writer, “Think and Grow Rich”)


No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American Novelist, Short Story Writer)


A few honest men are better than numbers.

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658, Parliamentarian General, Lord Protector of England)


To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American Author, Founder of Success Magazine)


If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American Author, Founder of Success Magazine)


There is something greater than wealth, grander even than fame — manhood, character, stand for success… nothing else really does.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American Author, Founder of Success Magazine)


A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.

Ovid (43 BC-18 AD, Roman Poet)


It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.

Ovid (43 BC-18 AD, Roman Poet)


Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty.

Plato (427-347 BC, Greek Philosopher)


Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)


It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)


People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.

Richard J. Needham


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

Richard Whately (1787-1863, British Prelate, Writer)


Dare to be honest and fear no labor.

Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish Poet)


I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.

Sam Houston (1793-1863, American Soldier, Statesman)



A thread will tie an honest man better than a chain a rogue.

Scottish Proverb


Would you want to do business with a person who was 99% honest?

Sidney Madwed (American Speaker, Consultant, Author, Poet)


Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian Physician – Founder of Psychoanalysis)


No one is wise or safe, but they that are honest.

Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British Courtier, Navigator, Writer)


Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek Tragic Poet)


Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.

Stephen Vincent Benet (1989-1943, American Novelist, Poet)


Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.

Steve Landesberg


Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author)


Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, Third President of the USA)


Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten.

Thomas Otway (1652-1685, British Dramatist)


I grew up in New York, and I have that in me, that be-honest-at-all-costs, don’t

b.s. me attitude. I say, “If you’ve got something to say about me, say it to my face. And then we’ll either talk about it or fight about it.”

Tim Robbins (1958-, American Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Writer)


Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door.

Vernon Howard (19?-1992, American Author, Speaker)


Act in earnest and you will become earnest in all you do.

William James (1842-1910, American Psychologist, Professor, Author)


No one can earn a million dollars honestly.

William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925, American Lawyer, Politician)


Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor)


Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor)


It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British Statesman, Prime Minister)

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