Honesty Quotes

Find hundreds of quotations about honesty. A number of experts, ranging from criminals to writers, judges, historians, psychologists and others have commented about lying, cheating, stealing, and, of course, plain old telling the truth. Honestly is not just addressed in spoken words, but also in the actions one takes to back up what they say; one can't exist without the other. This list of quotations also touches upon character, as honestly is a trait that is very much admired in society. Learn what experts as well as society at large thinks about lying, telling the truth and deceit below. After going through this list you are bound to see what a great character trait it is to be honest!

Repairing Broken Trust- Swedish Proverb

What breaks in a moment may take years to mend.       Swedish Proverb
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You Are Cheating Yourself-Cyc Jouzy

In your mind you are cheating somebody, but in reality you are cheating yourself. Cyc Jouzy
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Once a cheater, always a repeater-Melissa Edwards

Once a cheater, always a repeater. Melissa Edwards
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Ability To Cheat- Assegid Habtewold

Some people have the innate ability to cheat artfully during dating, interview... Once they're in, they completely change and become different that they leave you to wonder whether you have ever met them before. Assegid Habtewold
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Win By Cheating- Sophocles

I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating. Sophocles
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Chase after the truth like all hell -Clarence Darrow

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.      Clarence Darrow
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Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking- J.C. Watts

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught J.C. Watts
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Dr. Margaret Paul- When Trust is Broken

When trust is broken, it does not need to be the end of a relationship. Much can be learned from staying in a relationship and learning from the conflict situation.      Dr. Margaret Paul
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Amir Riveroll- What People Gain From Lying

What do people gain from lying? Besides losing: your respect, your dignity, your reputation, and those who love you. I guess those few minutes of satisfaction, smiling behind your lies, are soon well worth a lifetime of a regretful guilty conscience.      Amir Riveroll
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Doe Zantamata-Rebuilding trust when it’s been broken

Rebuilding trust when it's been broken is not dependent only on the person who has broken it, or how many times they can prove they are honest. It depends on the person who has decided not to trust anymore. Though they may be totally justified in their decision not to
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Mark Twain- Being Good At Lying

One ought always to lie, when one can do good by it. Mark Twain
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Suzy Kassem- Be Proud of Truth

Truth does not sit in a cave and hide like a lie. It wanders around proudly and roars loudly like a lion. Suzy Kassem
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Tom Robbins- Telling The Greatest Lie

You may tell the greatest lies and wear a brilliant disguise, but you can't escape the eyes of the one who sees right through you.      Tom Robbins
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Ana Monnar-Rather Hear An Ugly Truth

I'd rather hear an ugly truth, rather than an obscure lie. Ana Monnar
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Sarah J. Maas- The Best Lies Are Mixed With Truth

The best lies were always mixed with truth.      Sarah J. Maas
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George R.R. Martin- Half Truth Are Better Than Lies

Half-truths are worth more than outright lies.      George R.R. Martin
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Jodi Picoult-Falling For Lies

That's the crazy thing about lies. You start to fall for them, yourself. Jodi Picoult
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Martin Luther King Jr-A lie cannot live.

A lie cannot live.      Martin Luther King Jr.
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Seth Adam Brown-Hate Being Lied To

For people who say they hate being lied to, just start telling them nothing but the pure truth--about everything. That will teach them.      Seth Adam Brown
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Alexander Pope- Twenty More Lies To Maintain One

He who tells a lie, is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.      Alexander Pope
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Richard Jeni- Honesty is the Key To Relationships

Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you’re in.      Richard Jeni
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Lemony Snicket On Siblings Fight

Siblings that say they never fight are most definitely hiding something Lemony Snicket
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Kina Grannis– Being in a Relationship And Finding Love

"In finding love, I think it's important to be patient. In being in a relationship, I think it's important to be honest, to communicate, to respect and trust, and to strive to give more than you take." -Kina Grannis Other quotes to explore:
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Zig Ziglar- On Success

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty.
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Yiddish Proverb On Being Deceitful

"A clock that stands still is better than one that goes wrong."
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German Proverb On Lies

"A lie becomes true when one believes it."
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Dutch Proverb on Fairness

"The world likes to be cheated."
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Harold Duarte-Bernhardt

Trust is involved in all the basic elements of a healthy relationship: namely, love (respect and consideration for another person), communication, commitment and honesty.     
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Walter Anderson- Once Trust is Broken

Trust is like a vase.. once it's broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be same again. Walter Anderson
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Frances Ward Weller

A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself.
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Robert Brault

Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie.
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Sicilian Proverb

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
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John Boyd

If a man asks me for my loyalty...I will give him my honesty. If a man asks me for my honesty...I will give him my loyalty!      
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General Colin Powell

Loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this state, stimulates me. But once a decision is made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.     
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unknown

A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.
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Spencer Johnson

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
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Aesop Quote On Fooling People

You can fool people some of the time, but you can't fool them all of the time.      Aesop 
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Yiddish

When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.      
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Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

The sting of a reproach is the truth of it.      
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Chinese (on conscience)

The contented person can never be ruined.      
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Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Pay what you owe and what you're worth you'll know.      
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unknown – tell the truth for a legacy

No legacy is as rich as honesty. Simple quote - Stay honest, and that is the best legacy you can ever leave.
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George Chapman (c.1559-1634)

Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.      
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Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Keep conscience clear, then never fear.      
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Danish Proverb On Comparable Worth

It is better to suffer for truth than to prosper by falsehood.   Danish Proverb    
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Sir Edwin Sandys Quote On Honesty

Honesty is the best policy.   Sir Edwin Sandys     
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George Herbert (1593-1633)

He that steals an egg will steal an ox.      
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William Congreve On Stealing and Thiefs

He that first cries out "stop thief" is often he that has stolen the treasure.    William Congreve   
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Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Half the truth is often a whole lie.      
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American (on authenticity)

Don't take any wooden nickels.      
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Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Dally not with other folk's spouses or money.      
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Julius Caesar (c.102-44 BC)

Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.      
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Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Avoid dishonest gain: no price can recompence the pangs of vice.      
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Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.      
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unknown

A man who never made a mistake, never made anything.      
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Hungarian (on indebtedness)

A loan though old is not a gift.     
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Gaelic (on friendship)

A friend's eye is a good mirror.      
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Scottish Proverb On Fairness

A fair exchange is no robbery.       Scottish Proverb
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Tagalog Filipino Quote On Clear Conscience Being More Valuable Than Wealth

A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.   Tagalog Filipino     
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Alexander Pope- An Excuse is Worst Than Lie

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded. Alexander Pope
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Aldous Huxley Quote On Convincing Excuses

Several excuses are always less convincing than one. Aldous Huxley  
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Stephen Covey

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.
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Meredith Monk

That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.     
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Vanessa Marcil

What makes a woman beautiful is her loyalty to and her friendships with other women, and her honesty with men.     
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Frederick Lenz

Personal power is really the issue. It is only through tremendous attention to detail that you will be able to gain personal power and searing self-honesty.     
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Mark Twain- Man being liars

Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies. Mark Twain
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Scott Hamilton- Honesty and integrity

The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded. Scott Hamilton
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John Bytheway

Expressions of affection, like putting your arm around someone's shoulder, holding hands, or giving a kiss good night, involve the principle of honesty.
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Zig Ziglar- The Foundation For Success

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty. Zig Ziglar
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Diane von Furstenberg, fashion icon

What allowed me to survive is that I was always honest and I truly believed in what I did." 
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George Burns- Acting is about Honesty

Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made. George Burns
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Frank Lloyd Wright- Choosing Between Arrogance and Humility

Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change. Frank Lloyd Wright
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 Andrew Carley Quote On Appreciating Honesty

Instead of people being put off by honesty, I had the experience of those I wanted in my life appreciating my earnestness.  Andrew Carley
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