Honesty quotes and sayings

Falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.
Thomas Jefferson

It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
Jerome K. Jerome

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.
Jewish Proverb

I would seriously question whether anybody is really foolish enough to really say what they mean. Sometimes I think that civilization as we know it would kind of break down if we all were completely honest.
Elizabeth Hurley

Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie.
Robert Brault

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
Robert Brault

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

Industry, economy, honesty, and kindness form a quartet of virtues that will never be improved upon.
James Oliver

One lie will destroy a whole reputation for integrity.
Baltasar Gracián

The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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

Always tell the truth. Even if you have to make it up.
Anonymous

I’d rather be hurt by your honesty, than pleased by your lies.
Anonymous

Integrity is the core of our character.
L. Lionel Kendrick

Integrity has no need of rules.
Albert Camus

honest men are few when it comes to themselves.
Mark Twain

The important things are children, honesty, integrity and faith.
Andy Williams

The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
Thomas Jefferson

Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise today.
Proverb

The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
Sir Francis Bacon

Honesty is very sexy.
Valerie Bertinelli

True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt.
Garth Brooks

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

As you grew, we encouraged you to be open and direct. As you leave, never lose your honesty with those whom you speak.
Catherine & Byron Pulsifer

In no direction that we turn do we find ease or comfort. If we are honest and if we have the will to win we find only danger, hard work and iron resolution.
Wendell L. Willkie

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

When somebody lies, somebody loses.
Stephanie Ericsson

Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical.
Margaret Fuller

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
Frederick Douglass

No mask like open truth to cover lies, As to go naked is the best disguise.
William Congreve

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln

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

A good writer of history is a guy who is suspicious. Suspicion marks the real difference between the man who wants to write honest history and the one who’d rather write a good story.
Jim Bishop

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

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

Observe, I do not mean to suggest that the custom of lying has suffered any decay or interruption — no, for the Lie, as Virtue, as Principle, is eternal; the Lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man’s best and surest friend, is immortal, and cannot perish from the earth while this club remains. My complaint, simply concerns the decay of the art of lying. No high-minded man, no man of right feeling, can contemplate the lumbering and slovenly lying of the present day without grieving to see a noble art so prostituted. … If this finest of the fine art arts had everywhere received the attention, encouragement, and conscientious practice and development which this club has devoted to it, I should not need to utter this lament, or cry a single tear. I do not say this to flatter. I say it in a spirit of just and appreciative recognition.
Mark Twain

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is more to American politics than fat cats and their political friends. There are serious-minded liberals who fight the good fight on many issues, ecologically oriented politicians who remain true to their cause, and honest people of every political stripe who are not beholden to any wealthy people. But there are not enough of them, and they are often worn down by the constant pressure from lobbyists, lawyers and conventional politicians.
G. William Domhoff

It is a great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual, he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all it’s good dispositions.
Thomas Jefferson

I always tell it like it is is the long way of saying, I’m a jerk.
Michael Lipsey

Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
Don Marquis

There is no crime more infamous than the violation of truth. It is apparent that men can be social beings no longer than they believe each other. When speech is employed only as the vehicle of falsehood, every man must disunite himself from others, inhabit his own cave and seek prey only for himself.
Dr. Samuel Johnson

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
Marcus Aurelius

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.
Plato

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

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier)

The young man turned to him with a disarming candour, which instantly put him on his guard.
Saki

I like honesty and fair play.
Marcus Garvey

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

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

You can’t make wrong work.
Gerald Waterhouse

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

I keep six honest serving men: They taught me all I knew: Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
Mark Twain

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.
M. Henry

Always tell the truth. If you can’t always tell the truth, don’t lie.
Anonymous

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.
A. P. Gouthey

The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can.
John Gardner