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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?"

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

    John Ruskin
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    No one is wise or safe, but they that are honest.

    Walter Raleigh
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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; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.

    Richard Whately
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    Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

    Sophocles
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    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
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    You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. -- Leviticus 19:11

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

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    There is no right way to do something wrong.

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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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    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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    Honest hearts produce honest actions.

    Brigham Young
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    Dare to be honest and fear no labor.

    Robert Burns
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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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    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 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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    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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    Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.

    William Shakespeare
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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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    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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    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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    Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.

    Charles Dickens