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Quotations 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.

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123 47
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. Sophocles

64 22
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson

72 32
Honest hearts produce honest actions. Brigham Young

28 4
To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education. John Ruskin

44 14
Honesty prospers in every condition of life. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

38 10
No one is wise or safe, but they that are honest. Walter Raleigh

35 11
There is no right way to do something wrong.

18 2
Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit. James Allen

62 33
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. Henry David Thoreau

21 4
Honesty is a question of right or wrong, not a matter of policy.

29 11
Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance. William Shakespeare

21 5
No one can earn a million dollars honestly. William Jennings Bryan

29 12
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

36 20
Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself. William Shakespeare

23 9
Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity. Don Marquis

18 5
Dare to be honest and fear no labor. Robert Burns

18 5
You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. -- Leviticus 19:11

27 13
Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is? Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

27 13
Honesty shines like a light through your eyes.

21 8
To live outside the law, you must be honest. Bob Dylan

22 9
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

21 9
There is something greater than wealth, grander even than fame -- manhood, character, stand for success... nothing else really does. Orison Swett Marden

23 11
Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them. Christian Nevell Bovee

25 13
Be prepared and be honest. John Wooden

15 4
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

17 6
Would you want to do business with a person who was 99% honest? Sidney Madwed

17 6
Honesty is the best policy -- when there is money in it. Mark Twain

19 8
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

21 10
Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not. Henry Fielding

22 11
"I'm just a weapon of the god." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

15 5
A few honest men are better than numbers. Oliver Cromwell

13 4
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.

16 7
People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want. David Mamet

9 1
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.

12 4
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

9 2
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy. George Bernard Shaw

9 2
Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man. Richard Whately

10 3
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.

10 3
A thread will tie an honest man better than a chain a rogue.

7 1
Act in earnest and you will become earnest in all you do. William James

7 1
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world. Thomas Carlyle

9 3
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

11 5
Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control. Don Marquis

6 1
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

6 1
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. Sigmund Freud

6 1
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

9 5
Nothing resembles an honest man more than a cheat.

8 4
Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door. Vernon Howard

7 3
You've got to be honest; if you can fake that, you've got it made. George Burns

7 3
If it was true today, it might be untrue tomorrow. Janet Morris