Honesty

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. -Thomas Jefferson

Every lie is two lies, the lie we tell others and the lie we tell ourselves to justify it. –Robert Brault

“A half truth is a whole lie.” ~ Yiddish Proverb

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

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”― Spencer Johnson

“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”― James E Faust

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”-William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

“It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.”― Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

“Honest people don’t hide their deeds.”― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.–Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

The honest man falls prey to guilt and conscience far more often than the dishonest one. Even when he has acted honorably. Kapil Gupta

Be honest with yourself. Base your preferences and beliefs on your deepest sense of self. Don’t be swayed by social pressures or a need for affirmation. Uncover your purest ‘you’ through questioning yourself and challenging yourself. @DailyZen

Accuracy is twin brother to honesty, and inaccuracy to dishonesty. Nathaniel Hawthorne

To be honest, speak without identity. Naval Ravikant

Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking. Leo Tolstoy

An honest thinker will highlight and confront the most intimidating counterargument. A dishonest thinker will seek out the most ludicrous counterargument and pretend it is the only counterargument. @TheStoicEmperor

Learning is easier if you are honest about your own ignorance. People want to seem “in the know.” They try to signal that they are intelligent and informed. This is often counterproductive. Insecurity is the enemy of learning. A master knows how to be a beginner. @TheStoicEmperor

Great conversation flows easily with those that are deeply committed to the truth. They attack or defend a position out of honesty, not ego. They seek illumination, not point scoring. They will ruthlessly challenge the accuracy of your mental map of the world. Invaluable. @TheStoicEmperor

The real honesty is a responsibility to the present moment. It needs tremendous awareness. You have to be honest to the present moment, not to the past, not to the future. Rajneesh

Honesty is the cornerstone of character. The honest man or woman seeks not merely to avoid criminal or illegal acts, but to be scrupulously fair, upright, fearless in both action and expression. B.C. Forbes

The good four. Honest with ourselves and with whatever is friend to us; courageous toward the enemy; generous toward the vanquished; polite-always that is how the four cardinal virtues want us. Friedrich Nietzsche

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. Aristotle

Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water. Miguel de Cervantes

In the short run, lying is easy and honesty is hard. In the long run, honesty is easy and lying is hard. What you choose today makes your tomorrow. Shane Parrish

If you really want to be happy, you have to be present. One of the core tenets of being present is to be completely honest at all times. Naval Ravikant

What radical honesty just means is that I want to be free. Part of being free means that I can say what I think and think what I say. Naval Ravikant

If a man examines his life with rare and uncommon honesty, he comes to realize that it is, at once, an empty, societal charade. There is nothing within it that is of any genuine significance. Kapil Gupta

Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you. Ernest Hemingway

When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed. Ayn Rand

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

If we, as humans, are honest with ourselves, we will, with clarity and serenity, admit that we are failures. Kapil GuptaIf you’re not honest with the world, you can’t really be honest with yourself. Joe Norman

People who constantly signal how honest they are rarely are actually honest. People who constantly signal how authentic they are rarely are actually authentic. Authentic does not have to constantly remind you that it’s authentic. @LifeMathMoney

It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. Noël Coward

To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart. Charles Dickens

Sincerity is irrelevant in a society where many believe their own lies. @orangebook_

To be truly positive in the eyes of some, you have to risk appearing negative in the eyes of others. Criss Jami (Killosophy)

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. Ernest Hemingway

And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too. Khaled Hosseini

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

If we were all given by magic the power to read each other’s thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships. Bertrand Russell

Anyone around whom I can’t be fully honest, I don’t want to be around. Naval Ravikant

I want to be able to just be me. I never want to be in an environment or around people where I have to watch what I say. Naval Ravikant

Honesty is an active verb, not a passive noun. Go out of your way to be truthful, beginning with the things that you say to yourself. Joe Tye

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you prefer to not play the game and to always be honest and upfront, do not complain when others call you obnoxious and arrogant. Robert Greene

When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed. Ayn Rand

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. Plato

Be kind and honest, and harmful poisons will turn sweet inside you. Rumi

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. Henry Adams

When you truly honest with yourself some people won’t like you. Maxime Lagacé

Directness and honesty may give you relief, but they also stir up antagonism. Robert Greene

Most of what I say is complete truth. My edit button is broken. Myra McEntire

Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children. Oliver Wendell

It is a great compliment for an honest person to be mistaken for a crook by a crook. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on. Winston Churchill

He who is not sure of his memory, should not undertake the trade of lying. Michel de Montaigne

A good conscience is a continual Christmas. Benjamin Franklin

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. Henry Louis Mencken

People are like music, some speak the truth and others are just noise. Bill Murray

Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it. Mark Twain

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. Mark Twain

If honesty were suddenly introduced into American life, the whole system would collapse. George Carlin

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

Honesty is not only “the first step toward greatness,” – it is greatness itself. Christian Nestell
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May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children. Rainer Maria Rilke

Be honest about where you are at so that you can get to where you want to be. Joyce Meyer
When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. Audre Lorde

If you keep hiding your true self, your life becomes like slow death. Once you become free from the lies and the hiding of yourself, then life becomes vibrant again. Ziggy Marley

On the whole, and by and large, if a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right. Terry Pratchett

When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret. Shannon L. Alder

There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness. Frank Ocean

Honesty is the most single most important factor having a direct bearing on the final success of an individual, corporation, or product. Ed McMahon

Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue. Bell Hooks

Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist. Mary Kay Ash

We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone. Roy T. Bennett

We have to put effort into being honest, truthful and compassionate towards others. 14th Dalai Lama

If in day to day life you lead a good life, honestly, with love, compassion, and less selfishness, then automatically you will find peace. 14th Dalai Lama

If you want to save time, be honest. If you want to save your life, be courageous. Maxime Lagacé

The function and duty of a human being, a “quality” human being, that is, is the sincere and honest development of potential and self-actualization. Bruce Lee

Three little duties – to try hard, to be honest, and to help ourselves and others. Ryan Holiday
It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty. 14th Dalai Lama

Art is to beauty what honor is to honesty. Winston Churchill

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. Sophocles

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

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

If you want to get free, you have to first get honest. Joyce Meyer

Just try, try to be right here, open, honest, straight. Ram Dass

A little candor never leaves me. It is what protects me. Antonio Porchia

Spontaneity is total sincerity. Alan Watts

An honest man is always a child. Socrates

If you want to be trusted, be honest. Unknown

An honest man’s the noblest work of God. Alexander Pope

Truth fears no questions. Unknown

You can’t lie to your soul. Irvine Welsh

Frankness invites frankness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be honest rather than clever. Maxime Lagacé

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Clarity is a gift of honesty. @AmuseChimp

Honesty saves everyone’s time. Unknown

Truth builds trust. Marilyn Suttle

The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others. 14th Dalai Lama

You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience. Victor Hugo (Les Misérables)

Unless you’re ashamed of yourself now and then, you’re not honest. William Faulkner

Each time we don’t say what we wanna say, we’re dying. Yoko Ono

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. George Washington

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

There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start. Ronald Reagan

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde