Honesty is one of the greatest qualities of character that a human being can possess. It is a true compromise between your behavior and your relationship with other people.
We have all been hurt at some point by a secret, a distorted truth, a lie or the discovery of something that should have been spoken openly. Dishonesty hurts because it undermines the relationship, breaks trust and is the opposite of intimacy.
An honest person is free of tension, remorse and bad conscience. If we know that we have fulfilled our commitments and promises with people sincerely and honestly, we are not worried about the results. If we have doubts, then we will generate tension, worry, stress and anxiety.
Famous quotes about truth and honesty
The man who does not fear the truth, has nothing to fear from lies. Francis Bacon
The elegance of honesty does not need ornaments. Merry Browne
The hardest fall a man can make is to fall on his own deception. Ambrose Bierce
A lie can run around the world six times, while the truth is still trying to put on pants. Mark Twain
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Let it be our effort to deserve the character of a just nation. Thomas Jefferson
You can doubt what you see, but not the words of an honest man. Anatole France
With lies you can get ahead in the world, but you can never go back. Russian proverb
I prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; The one brings pain in the moment, the other forever. Chilton
Honesty is mostly less profitable than dishonesty. Plato
One of the most notable differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only seven lives. Mark Twain
The most dangerous falsehoods are moderately distorted truths. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
A falsehood ruins a thousand truths. African proverb
Dare to tell the truth: nothing can need a lie, not even a fault. George herbert
The truth of an issue will always haunt you, no matter how secret the hiding place is.
The best measure of a man's honesty is not his tax return. It is the zero setting on your bathroom scale. Arthur C. Clarke
Do not do what you would do if you get caught. Leah Arendt
Integrity is telling me the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people. Spencer johnson
Believing in something and not living it is dishonest. Gandhi
I hope he always possesses enough firmness and virtue to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. George Washington
Honesty is not something to flirt with. We must be married to it. Anon
A lie cannot live in peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain
It's hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know you would lie if you were in his place. Henry Louis Mencken
No man has enough memory to be a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln
Of all the animals, man is the only one who lies. Mark Twain
The truth requires action. Mason Weaver
There is no twilight zone of honesty in business. One thing is right or wrong. It is black or white. John F. Dodge
Honest hearts produce honest actions. Brigham Young
Whoever lies for you will lie against you. Bosnian proverb
No man, for a considerable period of time, can use one face for himself and another for the crowd, without finally being confused by what may be true. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Although I am not naturally honest, sometimes I am by chance. William Shakespeare
Making your children capable of being honest is the beginning of education. John ruskin
We tell lies when we are afraid ... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be discovered about us. But every time we tell a lie, what we fear becomes stronger. Tad Williams
There is no truth that fears or wants to hide from everyone. Thomas Jefferson
Whenever you are honest and are guided by honesty, a force of success will drive you towards greater success. Every time you lie, even with a little white lie, there will be forces that will push you toward failure. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive! Sir Walter Scott
I have a higher and greater standard of principles than that of George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I will not. Mark Twain
Honesty is the rarest wealth that anyone can possess. Josh Billings
I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Tell people what you are trying to achieve and what you are willing to sacrifice to achieve it. Lee Iacocca
It takes two to lie, one that lies and one that listens. Homer Simpson
Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the writing is honest, it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
Make yourself an honest man, and then you can be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world. Thomas Carlyle
A half truth is a lie. Yiddish proverb
A lie will easily take you out of a wound and yet, in a strange and beautiful way, ecstasy possesses you when you have accepted the wound and left aside the lie. Charles Edward Montague
Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon become blind. Austin O'Malley
A truth that is said with bad intention, overcomes all the lies you can invent. William Blake
I always told the truth. If you can't always tell the truth, don't lie.
I am a great believer in the 'mirror test'. The only thing that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there, that you have done everything possible. John mckay
When the truth is divided, the errors multiply. Eli Siegel
There is no well-defined limit between honesty and dishonesty. The borders of the one are mixed with the limits of the other, and the one who tries to step on this dangerous terrain, can sometimes be in one domain and sometimes in the other. O. Henry
Almost all the sincere truth that is said in the world is made by children. Oliver Wendell
The truth brings with it a great measure of absolution, always. RD Laing
Men occasionally stumble upon the truth, but most of them get up and hurry as if nothing had happened. Winston churchill
Respect for the truth is an acquired taste. Mark Van Doren
Truth is more important than facts. Frank Lloyd Wright
Like all valuable goods, the truth is often falsified. James Cardinal Gibbons
The smallest initial deviation of the truth is multiplied later by one thousand. Aristotle
If falsehood, like truth, had only one face, we would be more equal. Because we would consider the opposite of what the liar said. But the opposite of the truth has a hundred thousand faces and an infinite field. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
A lie has speed, but the truth is perseverance. Edgar J. Mohn
He who is not sure of his memory should not undertake the office of lying. Michel de Montaigne
Beware the half truth. You may have the wrong half.
The truth is something so strange that it is a pleasure to say it. Emily Dickinson
There is no mask like the truth open to cover lies, as going naked is the best costume. William Congreve
The cruelest lies are often told in silence. Adlai Stevenson
The truth is the only thing that is worth having and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are eliminated, facing it is almost the only brave thing left to do. EV Lucas
The highest agreement we can make with our neighbor is: "Let there be truth between the two of us forever." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A lie can take care of the present, but it has no future.
The truth is not afraid of the questions.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson
Honesty pays, but does not seem to pay enough to satisfy some people. FM Hubbard
Often, the safest way to convey information is to tell the truth. Mark Twain
Man is less himself when he speaks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde
The truth needs little essay. Barbara Kingsolver