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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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    Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

    Henry David Thoreau
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    53

    Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    80

    Honest hearts produce honest actions.

    Brigham Young
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    49

    Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

    Sophocles
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    27

    There is no right way to do something wrong.

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    14

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

    John Ruskin
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    60
    14
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    13

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

    Christian Nevell Bovee
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    30

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

    William Shakespeare
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    10

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

    Henry Fielding
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    14

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

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

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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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    20

    Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

    Don Marquis
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    22

    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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    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 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 shines like a light through your eyes.

  • 20
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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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    13

    Dare to be honest and fear no labor.

    Robert Burns
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    20

    To live outside the law, you must be honest.

    Bob Dylan
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    20

    No one can earn a million dollars honestly.

    William Jennings Bryan
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    33

    Be prepared and be honest.

    John Wooden
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    "I'm just a weapon of the god."

    Janet Morris, Chris Morris