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Honesty Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Honesty

Please enjoy these Honesty Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty;
inaccuracy,
of dishonesty.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

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

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

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

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

As a governor and senator, John Chafee set the standard
for honesty and decency that the rest of us on our
best days could only dream to emulate.
- John McCain

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

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

With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty.
But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

In all honesty, I'm not able to talk about contracts.
It's nothing with 'American Idol' in particular,
it's just things I really need to take care of in my life.
- Mario Vazquez

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

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

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

The most important thing in acting is honesty.
If you can fake that, you've got it made.
- George Burns

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

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

Art, whose honesty must work through artifice,
cannot avoid cheating truth.
- Adrienne Rich

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

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

When I do documentaries, my best information ends up
on the cutting-room floor.
People have trouble dealing with sexual honesty.
- Betty Dodson

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.
- Richard Bach

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

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

Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting
you to your face without expecting redress.
- Judith Martin

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

I'm a firm believer in absolute honesty.
- Frank Langella

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

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

Not really in all honesty because until you take control
of your own health and go to your own doctor and have
your own doctor tell you what's going to work for you.
- Star Jones

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

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

Especially when you deal with comedy,
you have got to be really honest because it's the honesty
and the spontaneity that causes people to chuckle,
that catches people.
- Austin Peck

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

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

The main thing in acting is honesty,
to feel the humanity and get to the essence of the character.
You can't put anything into a character that you haven't got within you.
- Genevieve Bujold

Honesty is the cruelest game of all,
because not only can you hurt someone -
and hurt them to the bone -
you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time.
- Dave Van Ronk

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

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

I feel honesty always works.
- Bobby Unser

In my time, we served with noble and ethical leaders:
Gerry Ford,
Bob Michael, John Rhodes, men of impeccable honesty.
We didn't have anybody locked up for a violation of ethics.
- Pete McCloskey

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

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

I think the greatest rogues are they who talk most of their honesty.
- Anthony Trollope

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

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

Honesty prospers in every condition of life.
- Friedrich Schiller

I think it has most to do with the way in which a story is told,
whether it feels real either via the music of the telling
or the 'honesty' of the story.
- Chris Ware

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

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

Honesty may be the best policy,
but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination,
dishonesty is the second-best policy.
- George Carlin

Sexuality is a big issue, but there are others -
how much you commit to a relationship,
to social obligation, to honesty and being honest with yourself.
- Ang Lee

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

Honesty is as much saying everything as it is saying what is true.
- Richard Snelling

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

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

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

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


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