80+ Honesty Quotes That Will Remind You to Stay True

H. L. Mencken Quote: 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.
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.
H. L. Mencken
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson
A man can never hope to be more than he is if he is not first honest about what he isn’t.
Don Williams Jr.
An honest man nearly always thinks justly.
Rousseau
The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.
Merry Browne
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
He that loseth his honesty hath nothing else to lose.
John Lyly
Marcus Aurelius Quote: If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
Marcus Aurelius
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Abraham Lincoln
To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.
Edward R. Murrow
Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.
Emily Dickinson
Next to a sincere compliment, I think I like a well-deserved and honest rebuke.
William Feather
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. 
Henry David Thoreau
Honest hearts produce honest actions.
Brigham Young
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.
Edgar J. Mohn
Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.
Mark Twain
Honesty is fearing a negative response and telling the truth anyway.
Michelle C. Ustaszeki
Friedrich Schiller Quote: Honesty prospers in every condition of life.
Honesty prospers in every condition of life.
Friedrich Schiller
The truth brings with it a great measure of absolution, always.
R. D. Laing
Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
Spencer Johnson
What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Winston Churchill
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
Thomas Jefferson
Honesty is something you can’t wear out.
Waylon Jennings
If the truth doesn't save us, what does that say about us? 
Lois McMaster Bujold
Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it.
Mark Twain
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
Gandhi
It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society.  When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. 
Thomas Paine
William Thackeray Quote: Follow your honest convictions and be strong.
Follow your honest convictions and be strong.
William Thackeray
Honest is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.
Don Marquis
Every one of us lives his life just once; if we are honest, to live once is enough.
Greta Garbo
Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence.
Lemuel K. Washburn
No honest man will argue on every side.
Sophocles
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
When truth is divided, errors multiply.
Eli Siegel
A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.
Arthur Brisbane
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
William Shakespeare
Mark Twain Quote: Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.
Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.
Mark Twain
Supporting the truth, even when it is unpopular, shows the capacity for honesty and integrity.
Steve Brunkhorst
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded.
Alexander Pope
Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you lie, even with a little white lie, these are strong forces pushing you toward failure.
Joseph Sugarman
Honest people don't hide their deeds.
Emily Bronte
When we are not honest, we are cut off from a significant resource of ourselves, a vital dimension that is necessary for unity and wholeness.
Clark Moustakas
Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
Lao Tzu
German Proverb: A clean mouth and an honest hand 
      Will take a man through any land.
A clean mouth and an honest hand
Will take a man through any land.
German Proverb
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain
Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.
Stephen Vincent Benet
There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.
Arthur Dobrin
One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.
Benjamin Disraeli
Where is the dignity unless there is honesty?
Cicero
Paulo Coelho Quote: No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes.
No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes.
Paulo Coelho
I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I would replace the quality of sincerity with honesty, since one can hold a conviction sincerely without examining it, while honesty would require that one subject one's convictions to frequent scrutiny.
Christopher Phillips
There is one way to find out if a man is honest. Ask him! If he says yes, you know he's crooked.
Groucho Marx
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
Honesty is being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone.
Federico Fellini
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
George Bernard Shaw
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
Sophocles
Honesty does not always bring a response of love, but it is absolutely essential to it.
Ray Blanton
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
Socrates
Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.
Austin O’Malley
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
A true friend will tell you the truth to your face, not behind your back.
Sasha Azevedo
Dare to be true nothing can need a lie: A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.
George Herbert
The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy
Robert E. Lee
When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.
Bill Copeland
Who lies for you will lie against you.
Bosnian Proverb
Most of us are honest all the time, and all of us are honest most of the time.
Charles Mathias
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.
Winston Churchill
Honesty is all you need.
Cass Eliot
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
Aristotle
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott
Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. 
Eleanor Roosevelt
A half truth is a whole lie.
Yiddish Proverb
Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others.
Chuck Swindoll
No such thing as a man willing to be honest - that would be like a blind man willing to see.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
Sigmund Freud
He is not an honest man who has burned his tongue and does not tell the company that the soup is hot.
Proverb
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.
Mary MacCracken
Men are disposed to live honestly, if the means of doing so are open to them.
Thomas Jefferson
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


The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid.
John Gotti
When in doubt, tell the truth.
Mark Twain
Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
Mary Kay Ash
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington
An honest man is still an unmov'd rock,
Wash'd whiter, but not shaken with the shock:
Whose heart conceives no sinister device;
Fearless he plays with flames, and treads on ice.
Robert Davenport
The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known, but tries to hide them, is unfit to walk the highway of truth.
James Allen



Recommended Reads for 2018 »