270 Honesty Quotes That Will Make You More Confident

Here are 270 of the best honesty quotes I could find. And please remember, the more honest you are, the more self-respect you’ll gain, the more confidence you’ll develop.

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Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people. Warren Buffett

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Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones. John Lennon

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Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying. Fred Rogers

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To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. Criss Jami

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Honesty is telling the truth to ourselves and others. Integrity is living that truth. Kenneth H. Blanchard

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We are franker towards others than towards ourselves. Friedrich Nietzsche

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No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. Maya Angelou

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Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou

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If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. Marcus Aurelius

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The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest. 14th Dalai Lama

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Leading your life honestly and truthfully will create trust and friendship. 14th Dalai Lama

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Authenticity without empathy is selfish. Authenticity without boundaries is careless. Adam Grant

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There is one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says ‘yes’, you know he is crooked. Groucho Marx

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Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. Kent M. Keith

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Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile. Paulo Coelho

Honesty plus love will get you through most situations. Naval Ravikant

Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself. Naval Ravikant

When you’re dishonest with yourself, you’re disconnected from reality. You’re going to make poor decisions. You’re going to drop out of the moment and you’re going to be less happy and you’re going to be wrong. Naval Ravikant

When you face a choice between being polite and being honest, err on the side of the truth. It’s better to be disliked but respected than to be liked but disrespected. In the long run, the people we trust the most are those who have the courage to be sincere. Adam Grant

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen. Brené Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection)

Create from the heart to produce something meaningful. Speak from the heart to build solid relationships. Live from the heart to have a beautiful life. Maxime Lagacé

The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is almost the only courageous thing left to do. E.V. Lucas

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. Edgar J. Mohn

The most interesting thing you can say is the most honest. Rorty Witt

It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. Victor Hugo

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. Confucius

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Will Durant

The good I stand on is my truth and honesty. William Shakespeare

If you can’t be honest with yourself, you can’t fix yourself. Admitting you have a problem is the first step for a good reason. Ed Latimore

Authenticity is powerful because it is, by definition, impossible to fake. To lead an authentic life is to lead a truly honest life. Ed Latimore

An honest man will sometimes repeat himself. A liar can always find a surprising new angle. The truth resembles itself. @TheStoicEmperor

If you were completely honest to yourself about yourself, other people and the world, you would never get disappointed. You would liberate yourself from all the illusions and falsehoods. This would give you great power. @TheAncientSage

To live a life of honesty and integrity is a responsibility of every decent person. Noam Chomsky

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. William Faulkner

To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself; that, my friend, is very hard to do. Bruce Lee

All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not the science of honesty and goodness. Michel de Montaigne

People aren’t in awe of your sharp mind? So be it. But you have many other qualities you can’t claim to have been deprived of at birth. Display then those qualities in your own power: honesty, dignity, endurance, chastity, contentment, frugality, kindness. Marcus Aurelius

Be honest, truthful, and altruistic. If you concern yourself with taking care of others, there’ll be no room for lies, bullying and cheating. If you’re truthful you can live transparently, which will enable you to establish trust, the basis for making friends. 14th Dalai Lama

When we are committed to honesty, we help reduce the level of misunderstanding, doubt, and fear throughout society. 14th Dalai Lama

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. Abraham Lincoln

When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie. Criss Jami

The responsibility is all yours; no one can stop you from being honest or straightforward. Marcus Aurelius

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Part 2. Honesty Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Honesty Quotes (Mother Teresa, Shakespeare, Rousseau, etc.)

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To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. Mahatma Gandhi

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

Honesty is the best policy. Benjamin Franklin

Honesty first; then courage; then brains – and all are indispensable. Theodore Roosevelt

No legacy is so rich as honesty. William Shakespeare

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

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. Dr. Seuss

Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. Mother Teresa

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain

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

I think honesty is the most heroic quality one can aspire to. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

All kinds of frankness and honesty are terrible crimes in the eyes of society. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

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

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Truth builds trust. Marilyn Suttle

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

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

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

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Inspirational Honesty Quotes

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Three little duties – to try hard, to be honest, and to help ourselves and others. Ryan Holiday

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

It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty. 14th Dalai Lama

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

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

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

Honesty is not only “the first step toward greatness,” – it is greatness itself. Christian Nestell Bovee

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

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Funny And Surprising Honesty Quotes

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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

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

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

For honesty coupled to beauty, is to have honey a sauce to sugar. William Shakespeare

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

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 good conscience is a continual Christmas. Benjamin Franklin

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

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Deep Honesty Quotes (Some Will Make You Think)

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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

If you’re truly honest with yourself, you’ll disturb some people, some of the time. If you don’t, you’re a sheep. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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

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 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_

If we, as humans, are honest with ourselves, we will, with clarity and serenity, admit that we are failures. Kapil Gupta

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

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

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

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Wise Honesty Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

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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

Fools rarely say what they think, and suffer silently. The wise say what they think, and may make some suffer momentarily. Maxime Lagacé

To be honest, speak without identity. Naval Ravikant

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

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

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

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

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

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Part 3. Honesty Quotes About…

Honesty Quotes About Trust, Loyalty, Honor

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Take care that no one hates you justly. Publilius Syrus

Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. Abraham Lincoln

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. Zig Ziglar

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is – “Let there be truth between us two forevermore.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stand with lies and comfort and you build something weak. Stand with truth and honesty and you build something strong. Maxime Lagacé

Honesty is the foundation for trust; you can’t have one without the other. Unknown

A promise made is a debt unpaid. Robert W. Service

Cooperation comes from friendship, friendship comes from trust, and trust comes from kindheartedness. Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there’s no room for cheating, bullying, or exploitation; instead, you can be honest, truthful and transparent in your conduct. 14th Dalai Lama

If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy. 14th Dalai Lama

Genuine friendship is not based on money and power, but on trust, which in turn develops as a result of showing concern for other people’s well-being. In other words, friendship is founded on warm-heartedness. 14th Dalai Lama

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful. Edward R. Murrow

It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honourably. Immanuel Kant

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be, all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them. Socrates

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing. Alexander Pope

You can’t serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line. Carl Bernstein

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Honesty Quotes About Integrity, Ethics, Humility

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Success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square. Michelle Obama

Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain. Chris Karcher

Studying ethics doesn’t make you ethical. Shane Parrish

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. Albert Camus

Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus

Those who are busy can’t think clearly and honestly. Those who go slow let the truth come to them and lives in integrity. Maxime Lagacé

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. French proverb

Have integrity and demand it from others. Ray Dalio

Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur. Zig Ziglar

Ethics are not a collection of commandments and prohibitions to abide by, but a natural inner offering that can bring happiness and satisfaction to ourselves and others. 14th Dalai Lama

Honesty consists of the unwillingness to lie to others; maturity, which is equally hard to attain, consists of the unwillingness to lie to oneself. Sydney J. Harris (See also: maturity quotes)

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

The selfish reason to be ethical is that it attracts the other ethical people in the network. Naval Ravikant

[On what he looks for in in people] In business, it’s intelligence, energy, and integrity. In relationships, it’s probably honesty, which is I guess integrity again, intelligence again. Naval Ravikant

Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people. Robert Greene

A single act of honesty is often not enough. What is required is a reputation for honesty, built on a series of act. Robert Greene

Integrity and tribalism are often at odds with each other. You can either fulfill your loyalty to your party or you can stand by truth. The two are (mostly) mutually exclusive. If you want to side with truth then bear in mind that it comes with a cost. @TheAncientSage

Integrity is non-negotiable. @LifeMathMoney

Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe. Barbara De Angelis

Never rob your character to enrich your pocket. James Lendall Basford

In failing circumstances no one can be relied on to keep their integrity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. John Locke

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Honesty Quotes About Truth, Telling The Truth

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The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. Winston Churchill

The only way to tell the truth is to speak it with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard. Henry David Thoreau

Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe. Henry David Thoreau

When you feel scared, you tell lies. When you feel funny, you tell jokes. When you’re in love with your life, you tell the truth. Maxime Lagacé

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. Virginia Woolf

If anyone can refute me‚ show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective‚ I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after. Marcus Aurelius

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. Josh Billings

Do not search outside, return to yourself, truth lives in the inner man. Augustine of Hippo

Being radically truthful and radically transparent helped me and others get around our ego and blind spot barriers. Ray Dalio

People prefer pleasant sounding bullsh*t to the f*cking truth. Michael (@mmay3r)

When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback. Bill Copeland

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

Compulsive liars and compulsive truth tellers will both tend to lose friends as quickly as they make them. @TheStoicEmperor

The good part about always transparently speaking the truth is that you don’t have to keep a track of all the fake stories you’ve told people. @LifeMathMoney

The truth cuts like the sharpest knife I’ve ever known. Tomi Adeyemi

Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it. George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones)

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy

To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues. John Locke

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Honesty Quotes About Lying, Being dishonest

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Who lies for you will lie against you. John Locke

A half truth is a whole lie. Yiddish proverb

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

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks. Lin Yutang

Telling the truth seems risky in the short term, but builds something in the long term. Telling lies seems safe in the short term, but destroys everything in the long term. Maxime Lagacé

When you’re dishonest with somebody else, you’re going to be dishonest with yourself. Naval Ravikant

If someone is going around and talking about how honest they are, they’re probably dishonest. Naval Ravikant

The moment you tell somebody else something that’s not honest, you’ve lied to yourself. Then you’ll start believing your own lie. Then that will disconnect you from reality and take you down the wrong road. Naval Ravikant

Honesty doesn’t always pay, but dishonesty always costs. Michael Josephson

I never lie because I don’t fear anyone. You only lie when you’re afraid. John Gotti

If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future. Unknown

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 found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. Tad Williams

Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud. Ayn Rand

A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first. Chanakya

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

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. Unknown

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation. Saki

If human society loses the value of justice, compassion, and honesty, the next generation will face greater difficulties and more suffering. 14th Dalai Lama

I tell lies somewhere else, but not here, not in front of myself. Robert Walser

From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

With lies you may get ahead in the world – but you can never go back. Russian proverb

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Honesty Quotes About Respect, Kindness

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Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other. Benjamin E. Mays

A man must not always tell all, for that be folly; but what a man says should be what he thinks. Michel de Montaigne

There is always a way to be honest without being brutal. Arthur Dobrin

Give recognition where it is due. Complements definitely stimulate more effort and desire to improve. Be generous with honest praising. Bruce Lee

It’s wise to tell the truth. It’s even wiser to tell it kindly. Maxime Lagacé

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. Robert Brault

Kindness and compassion give rise to self-confidence, which in turn empowers us to be honest, truthful and transparent. 14h Dalai Lama

Just do good, don’t worry about the road ahead. Monk Wansong

Commit yourself to good, honest feedback. Show that you want to hear the truth and when you give feedback to others be candid but positive. Deepak Chopra

Don’t change your mind just because people are offended; change your mind if you’re wrong. Criss Jami

For truth to be heard, it must be spoken with kindness. Truth is kind only when it is spoken through your heart with sincerity. Leo Tolstoy

Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person. Saying no doesn’t make you mean. Saying no is a healthy boundary that protects your time and your energy. Be honest about who and what matters to you. Mel Robbins

Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better. Swami Vivekananda

I would combine radical honesty with an old rule that Warren Buffet has, which is praise specifically, criticize generally. Naval Ravikant

An honest person is not a nice guy. Neither is he overly polite. Nor likeable in other people’s eyes. He appears anti hero rather than a hero. People don’t like the person who challenges their ego rather than buttressing it. Therefore such a person is no one’s “friend”. @TheAncientSage

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is. G.B. Shaw

Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment. Sidney Poitier

Be honest in everything you do, even if it means the occasional difficult confrontation. @DailyZen

Love is honesty. Love is a mutual respect for one another. Simone Elkeles

Honesty is not the best policy – merely the safest. William Shakespeare

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. Tennessee Williams

Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean. Pema Chödrön

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Henry David Thoreau

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See also: Is It Better to Be Polite or Frank? (11 minutes YouTube video by The School of Life)

Honesty Quotes About Life, Relationships, Friendships

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Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie: A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby. George Herbert

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

Those who have no friends are selfish. Those who have good friends are kind. Those who have great friends are honest. Maxime Lagacé

False friendship is the worst. Avoid it at all costs. If you’re honest and straightforward and mean well, it should show in your eyes. It should be unmistakable. Marcus Aurelius

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. Robert Louis Stevenson

We need friendship, which depends on trust. And that depends on concern for others, defending their rights, and not doing them harm. 14th Dalai Lama

It’s useful to reflect not only on how anger, fear and suspicion destroy our peace of mind, but also on how peace of mind gives us the confidence to act honestly and truthfully. We are social animals and we need friends. We make friends on the basis of trust. 14th Dalai Lama

If honesty is the key to intimacy, it means we don’t have to be perfect and we don’t have to pretend to be perfect. Donald Miller

Your most important friends are people who’ll give you honest, “unpadded” feedback. @LifeMathMoney

Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of what you’re doing is as valuable as gold. Elon Musk

Living and speaking truthfully will bring you the friends you deserve at the cost of those you picked up by accident. @TheStoicEmperor

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. (Regrets of the dying, bronnieware.com)

To be true to yourself, you must risk being disliked by others for not living up to their expectation of you. Eric Peng

It’s that you are disliked by someone. It is proof that you are exercising your freedom and living in freedom, and a sign that you are living in accordance with your own principles. Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga (The Courage to be Disliked, Amazon book)

Purge your life of everything meaningless. Ruthlessly eliminate all bullshit. What survives will be revealed as the core truth of your life. If nothing survives then atleast you will know that there is no underlying meaning to your life. @TheAncientSage

You can either have your freedom or you can have others’ approval. You can’t have both. Pick one and forget the other. @TheAncientSage

Be honest about who you are, your past, the baggage you carry. Don’t project a false image to others; this creates fake relationships. @DailyZen

It’s remarkable how much conflict and drama you can remove from your life by just communicating with honesty and directness. @DailyZen

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. Paulo Coelho

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Honesty Quotes About Self-Honesty, Happiness

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

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

The Golden Key to this thing called life is rigorous self-honesty. Chuck C

The most common lies a man tells are to himself. Friedrich Nietzsche

Living an honest life starts with self-knowledge. Self-knowledge starts with closing your eyes. Maxime Lagacé (See also: meditation quotes)

Honesty pays dividends both in dollars and in peace of mind. B.C. Forbes

Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are. Ramesh Balsekar

The most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect, to look at ourselves honestly and gently. Pema Chödrön

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. Virginia Woolf

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare (See also: self-worth quotes)

Our intelligence helps us regulate our emotions. Fear, for example, is based on mistrust and a lack of self-confidence. If, on the other hand, we remain honest and truthful, open and tolerant, we will have greater self-confidence and overcome fear. 14th Dalai Lama

If you set out to cheat and deceive others you’ll be tense and anxious in case you’re found out. But if you live your life and conduct your business on the basis of truth and honesty, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence that is also a source of inner strength. 14th Dalai Lama

Affection, honesty, harmony and non-violence are qualities that yield happiness for individuals, families and society at large. 14th Dalai Lama

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill

Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. Abraham Lincoln

The ego is cunning, so you have to be very alert, very present, and totally honest with yourself to see whether you have truly relinquished your identification with a mental position and so freed yourself from your mind. Eckhart Tolle

Don’t avoid real feelings in an attempt to feel happy or positive. Let yourself feel everything, from anger to sadness to bliss. @DailyZen

Don’t lie to yourself for the sake of positivity. True spirituality is honestly confronting the truths of life with courage. @DailyZen

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize? Marcus Aurelius

My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism. Jess C Scott

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what every man wishes, that he also believes to be true. Demosthenes

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Radical acceptance is the willingness to experience ourselves and our lives as it is. Tara Brach

See also: inner peace quotes, stoic quotes

Part 4. Conclusion

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Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. W. Clement Stone

Call to action: Read How Honesty Could Make You Happier (nytimes.com)