Honesty Quotes and Sayings

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. ~Thomas Jefferson

Be sincere and true to your word, serious and careful in your actions; and you will get along even among barbarians. But if you are not sincere and untrustworthy in your speech, frivolous and careless in your actions, how will you get along even among your own neighbors? When standing, see these principles in front of you; in your carriage see them on the yoke. Then you may be sure to get along. ~Confucius

If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow. ~Chinese proverb

A few honest men are better than numbers. ~Oliver Cromwell

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

No legacy is so rich as honesty. ~William Shakespeare

He that loseth his honesty hath nothing else to lose. ~John Lyly

Honesty is telling the truth to ourselves and others. Integrity is living that truth. ~Ken Blanchard

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

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

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offense; a vain man, in order that it may. ~William Hazlitt

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. ~Virginia Woolf

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. ~Alan Simpson

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

A “No” uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a “Yes” merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. ~Mohandas Gandhi

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