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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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Honest hearts produce honest actions. Brigham Young

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

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

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Be prepared and be honest. John Wooden

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Honesty prospers in every condition of life. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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Honesty shines like a light through your eyes.

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

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

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

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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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Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is? Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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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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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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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"I'm just a weapon of the god." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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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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There is no right way to do something wrong.

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

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A few honest men are better than numbers. Oliver Cromwell

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

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

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Nothing resembles an honest man more than a cheat.

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

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

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

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Dare to be honest and fear no labor. Robert Burns

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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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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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Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist. Mary Kay Ash

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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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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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No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit. James Allen

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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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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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To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success. Orison Swett Marden

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