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The Best Quotes About Honesty

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A list of the best honesty quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous honesty quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic honesty quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational honesty quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about honesty?" and "What are inspirational honesty quotes?"

This list includes notable honesty quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest honesty quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite honesty sayings get to the bottom of the list.


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    Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. Sophocles

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    Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. Henry David Thoreau

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    Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance. William Shakespeare

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    Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Honest hearts produce honest actions. Brigham Young

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    No one is wise or safe, but they that are honest. Walter Raleigh

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

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    Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself. William Shakespeare

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    To live outside the law, you must be honest. Bob Dylan

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    Be prepared and be honest. John Wooden

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    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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    If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else. Orison Swett Marden

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    Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them. Christian Nevell Bovee

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    A few honest men are better than numbers. Oliver Cromwell

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    There is no right way to do something wrong.

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    Honesty shines like a light through your eyes.

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

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

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    There is something greater than wealth, grander even than fame -- manhood, character, stand for success... nothing else really does. Orison Swett Marden

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    People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want. David Mamet

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

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    You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. -- Leviticus 19:11

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    To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education. John Ruskin

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    Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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    If you follow only one rule, let it be this one: Be yourself. The really strong boy-girl relationships are based on what people really are, not on what they pretend to be.

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    There is one way to find out if a man is honest; ask him! If he says yes you know he's crooked. Groucho Marx

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    Would you want to do business with a person who was 99% honest? Sidney Madwed

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

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    On this mounting the scaffold to be beheaded: I pray you Master Lieutenant, see me safely up, and for my coming down, let me shift for myself. To the executioner: Pick up thy spirits, Man, and be not afraid to do thy office; my neck is very short; take heed, therefore thou strike not awry, for saving of thy honesty.

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    Honesty is a question of right or wrong, not a matter of policy.

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    Dare to be honest and fear no labor. Robert Burns

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    Nothing resembles an honest man more than a cheat.

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    No one can earn a million dollars honestly. William Jennings Bryan

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    A thread will tie an honest man better than a chain a rogue.

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    Oh for someone with a heart, head and hand. Whatever they call them, what do I care, aristocrat, democrat, autocrat, just be it one that can rule and dare not lie. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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    You've got to be honest; if you can fake that, you've got it made. George Burns

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    Look a man in the eye and say what you really think, don't just smile at him and say what you're supposed to think.

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    I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it. Lee Iacocca

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    Act in earnest and you will become earnest in all you do. William James

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    Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty. Plato

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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

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    No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged. Michel de Montaigne

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    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

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

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    It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. Winston Churchill

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

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    Honesty is the best policy. Benjamin Franklin

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    From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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    An honest man is the best thing on the sod; but a mother and her babe is the noblest work of God.

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