Quotes: On Honesty

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
-Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit

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

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. Honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
-Spencer Johnson

“Honest hearts product honest actions.”
-Brigham Young

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”
-William Shakespeare

“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
-Socrates

The Five Levels of Truth-Telling: First, you tell the truth to yourself about yourself. Then you tell the truth to yourself about another. At the third level, you tell the truth about yourself to another. Then you tell your truth about another to that other. And finally, you tell the truth to everyone about everything.”
-Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God (Book 2)

“The biggest consequence to telling a lie is, it leads you to telling another one.”
-Gary King

“Every man has his fault, and honesty is his.”
-William Shakespeare

“Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.”
-Mark Twain

“As they always say, honesty is the best policy.”

“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

“Lie to a liar, for lies are his coin. Steal from a thief, for that is easy: lay a trap for a trickster at his first attempt. But beware of an honest man.”
-Arab Proverb

“It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the Truth and expose lies.”
-Noam Chomsky

“One of the hardest things in this world is to admit that you were wrong; and nothing is more helpful in resolving it than its frank admission.”
-Benjamin Disraeli

“It pays to be honest, but slow pay.”
-Proverb

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all the people all the time.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“Honesty pays, but it don’t seem to pay enough to suit some people”
-Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard

“The more you lie, the less people will believe you when you tell the truth.”

“I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.”
-Margaret Mead

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