Honesty Quotes

 Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty. 
Author: Charles Simmons
Nationality:    
 By the time Baghdad fell, the supposed reasons for the invasion, like Osama bin Laden and Saddam himself, were still missing. Despite the best efforts of the Murdoch group's poisonous coverage, and numerous false alarms, no 'weapons of mass destruction', one of the worst of the Iraq adventure's clichés, had been found, anywhere. 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. 
Author: Salvador Dali
Nationality: Spanish
b. 11 May 1904  - d. 23 January 1989
  
 Every man has his fault, and honesty is his. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control. 
Author: Donald Robert Perry Marquis
Nationality: American
b. 29 July 1878  - d. 29 December 1937
  
 Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Honesty is the best part of any art form. If you don't have that, you're kidding yourself and your listener. 
Author: Billy Joel
Nationality: American
b. 9 May 1949
  
 Honesty is the first chapter in the Book of wisdom. Let it be our endeavor to merit the character of a just nation. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you'll be so close as to be living inside each other's skins. 
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 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. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 Honesty pays, but it don't seem to pay enough to suit some people. 
Author: Kin Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. December 1868  - d.  December 1930
  
 Honesty, sincerity, and openness I esteem essential marks of a good mind. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Honesty: The best of all the lost arts. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 It is easy for a somebody to be modest, but it is difficult to be modest when one is a nobody. 
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 It was the boast of Augustus that he found Rome of brick and left it of marble. But how much nobler will be the sovereign's boast when he shall have it to say that he found law... a sealed book and left it a living letter; found it the patrimony of the rich and left it the inheritance of the poor; found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression and left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence. 
Author: Lord Henry Brougham
Nationality: English
b. December 1778  - d.  December 1868
  
 Kissing your hand may make you feel very very good but a diamond and sapphire bracelet lasts forever. 
Author: Anita Loos
Nationality: American
b. 26 April 1888  - d. 18 August 1981
  
 Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hungerness bite, nor nakedness freeze thee. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. 
Author: Harvey Fierstein
Nationality: American
b. 06 June 1952
  
 No legacy is so rich as honesty. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a poor house; as your pearl in your foul oyster. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Some parts of Bill Clinton's brain work well. The parts of his brain used to operate good judgment, honor, ethical behavior and honesty apparently just never got connected. 
Author: Ross Perot
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1930
  
 The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 The most important thing in acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made. 
Author: George Burns
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1896  - d. 9 March 1996
  
 The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in the felicity of lighting on good education. 
Author: Archimedes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 287  - d.  December 212
  
 There's one way to find out if a man is honest - ask him. If he says yes, he's a crook. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it. 
Author: Sallust
Nationality: Roman
b. December 86  - d.  December 34
  
 Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future. 
Author: Bourke Cockran
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1854  - d. 01 March 1923
  
 We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy. 
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Nationality: German
b. 22 February 1788  - d. 21 September 1860
  
 Nothing is more common on earth than to deceive and be deceived. 
Author: Johann Gottfried Seume
Nationality: German
b. 29 January 1763  - d. 13 June 1810
  
 Tear man out of his outward circumstances; and what he then is; that only is he. 
Author: Johann Gottfried Seume
Nationality: German
b. 29 January 1763  - d. 13 June 1810
  
 The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. 
Author: Zig Ziglar
Nationality: American
b. 6 November 1926
  
 The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty. 
Author: Abu Bakr
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
b. December 573  - d.  December 634
  
 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. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man's part in the real battle of life. 
Author: Henry van Dyke
Nationality: American
b. December 1852  - d.  December 1933
  
 The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.  
Author: Robert E. Lee
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1807  - d. 12 September 1870
  
 While there are manners and compliments we do not meet, we do not teach one another the lessons of honesty and sincerity that the brutes do, or of steadiness and solidity that the rocks do. The fault is commonly mutual, however; for we do not habitually demand any more of each other. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist. 
Author: Mary Kay Ash
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1918  - d. 22 November 2001
  
 Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully. 
Author: Richard David Bach
Nationality: American
b. 23 June 1936
  
 But I recognize no infallible Literatureity, even in special questions; consequently, whatever respect I may have for the honesty and the sincerity of such or such an individual, I have no absolute faith in any person. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 Honesty is the best policy. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Party honesty is party duty, and party courage is party expediency. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 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. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 Civilization has been thrust upon me and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity. 
Author: Luther Standing Bear
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1868  - d.  December 1939
  
 I'd like to introduce someone who has just come into my life. I've admired him for 35 years. He's someone who represents integrity, honesty, art, and on top of that stuff I'm actually sleeping with him. 
Author: Shirley MacLaine
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1934
  
 For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy. Get these things out in the open, describe them, attack them, ridicule them in the press, and sooner or later public opinion will sweep them away. Publicity may not be the only thing that is needed, but it is the one thing without which all other agencies will fail. 
Author: Joseph Pulitzer
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1847  - d. 29 October 1911
  
 I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten. 
Author: Thomas Otway
Nationality: English
b. 3 March 1652  - d. 14 April 1685
  
 The real reason for comedy is to hide the pain.  
Author: Wendy Wasserstein
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1950  - d. 30 January 2006
  
 I regard criticism as an art, and if in this country and in this age it is practiced with honesty, it is no more remunerative than the work of an avant-garde film artist. My dear anonymous letter writers, if you think it is so easy to be a critic, so difficult to be a poet or a painter or film experimenter, may I suggest you try both? You may discover why there are so few critics, so many poets. 
Author: Pauline Kael
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1919  - d. 3 September 2001
  
 This I Believe. By that name, we present the personal philosophies of thoughtful men and women in all walks of life. In this brief space, a banker or a butcher, a painter or a social worker, people of all kinds who need have nothing more in common than integrity, a real honesty, will write about the rules they live by, the things they have found to be the basic values in their lives. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 Train any population rationally, and they will be rational. Furnish honest and useful employments to those so trained, and such employments they will greatly prefer to dishonest or injurious occupations. It is beyond all calculation the interest of every government to provide that training and that employment; and to provide both is easily practicable. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe. 
Author: Dr. Laurence J. Peter
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 September 1919  - d. 12 February 1990
  
 If humiliation and rejection are to be the rewards of faithful and effective service in this field, what are those of us to conclude who have also served prominently in this line of work but upon whom this badge has not yet been conferred? We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that it was merit, rather than chance, that spared some of us the necessity of working in areas of activity that have now become controversial, of recording opinions people now find disagreeable, of aiding in the implementation of policies now under question. ... In no field of endeavor is it easier than in the field of foreign affairs to be honestly wrong; in no field is it harder for contemporaries to be certain they can distinguish between wisdom and folly; in no field would it be less practicable to try to insist on infallibility as a mark of fitness for office. 
Author: George Frost Kennan
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1904  - d. 17 March 2005
  
 Those who tell the young man to live well and the old man to die well is nothing but a fool, not only for what life has in happiness to both young and old, but also for one must be careful in live honestly as well as die honestly. 
Author: Epicurus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 341  - d.  December 270
  
 A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage. 
Author: William Seward Burroughs
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1914  - d. 02 August 1997
  
 At no time in the past century has public distrust of the government been so broadly distributed across the political spectrum, as it is today. 
Author: Philip Zimmermann
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1954
  
 People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 If we don't want to define ourselves by things as superficial as our appearances, we're stuck with the revolting alternative of being judged by our actions, by what we do. 
Author: Ellen de Generes
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1958
  
 But I do believe that's when you do your soul-searching. I think when you have these trials that life gives you, it is an opportunity to find out who you are. Not just who you are when everything's great, but who are you when every thing is taken away from you and you have nothing. 
Author: Ellen de Generes
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1958
  
 I think one of the turning points in my life came a few years ago. I started going to sleep at night just talking to myself, saying, "You're perfect just the way you are," because I used to beat myself up about weight and working out, and no matter what I did I never felt good about myself. I decided to accept myself and know that I am good. Just those affirmations every night changed my belief in who I was because I had been told for so long, over and over, that I was something else. That brings us to another agreement: Don't make assumptions - because we assume that when people do something or say something to you, they mean just what we think they mean. 
Author: Ellen de Generes
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1958
  
 I wish that I wasn't seen differently. I wish that people looked at me and just saw that I was a good person with a good heart. And that wants to make people laugh. And that's who I am. I also happen to be gay. And I would love to have the same rights as everybody else. I would love, I don't care if it's called marriage. I don't care if it's called, you know, domestic partnership. I don't care what it's called. I mean, there are couples that have been together, 30 years, 40 years. And all of a sudden, they lose their house, you know, the taxes kill them, because it's different because they're not married. Everything is taken away, just because. You know, with Sept. 11, there are a lot of people that lost their partner and didn't get the same benefits. It's not fair. And at the same time I know there are people watching right now saying, you know, it's sick it's wrong, it's this. And it's like, I can't convince them that I'm not sick or wrong, that there's nothing wrong with me. You know, I can live my life and hope that things change, and hope that we're protected as any other couple. 
Author: Ellen de Generes
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1958
  
 A handsome man guards his image a while; a good man will one day take on beauty. 
Author: Sappho
Nationality: Greek
b. December 630  - d.  December 570
  
 Virtue hidden hath no value. 
Author: Claudian
Nationality: Greek   
 If thou make any law or establish any custom for the general good, be the first to submit thyself thereto; then does a people show more regard for justice nor refuse submission when it has seen their author obedient to his own laws. The world shapes itself after its ruler's pattern, nor can edicts sway men's minds so much as their monarch's life; the unstable crowd ever changes along with the prince. 
Author: Claudian
Nationality: Greek   
 Honesty is the quality I value most in a friend. Not bluntness, but honesty with compassion. 
Author: Brooke Shields
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1965
  




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