128+ Best Honesty Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Most Famous Honesty Quotes

Honesty saves everyone’s time. – Unknown

Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure. – James Altucher

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

A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth. – Tagalog

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A fair exchange is no robbery. – Scottish Proverb

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

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

The first step is to be honest, and then to be noble. – Winston Churchill

Truth never damages a cause that is just. – Mahatma Gandhi

A friend’s eye is a good mirror. – Gaelic

A loan though old is not a gift. – Hungarian

The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty. – Abu Bakr RA

Be honest in your life it creates positive energy. – Fathima Bibi Joosab

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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I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business. – Harvey S. Firestone

A man who never made a mistake, never made anything. – Unknown

When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable. – Jess C. Scott

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. – Ben Franklin

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

Honesty is of God and dishonesty of the devil; the devil was a liar from the beginning. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, and act with integrity. – Unknown

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

Avoid dishonest gain: no price can recompence the pangs of vice. – Ben Franklin

Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion. – Julius Caesar

Dally not with other folk’s spouses or money. – Ben Franklin

The elegance of honesty needs no adornment. – Mary Browne

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

powerful honesty quotes

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

I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have. – Stephen Chbosky

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

Don’t pretend to be something you aren’t. – Aesop

Don’t take any wooden nickels. – American

Following the path of least resistence is what makes both men and rivers crooked. – Unknown

The first step toward greatness is to be honest. – Proverb

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

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. – Albert Einstein

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

No legacy is so rich as honesty. – William Shakespeare

Honesty is the best policy. – Benjamin Franklin

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. – Paulo Coelho

True honesty is hard. Throughout my career, I’ve faced moments where I’ve needed to take an honest look at myself and face some very uncomfortable realities. – Les Brown

I admire honesty more than any other trait. – Jerry Reinsdorf

Honesty and loyalty are key. – Taylor Lautner

No matter what you do, stand up for who you are and be honest. – Bryant McGill

From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks. – Jesus Christ

Half the truth is often a whole lie. – Ben Franklin

He that first cries out “stop thief” is often he that has stolen the treasure. – William Congreve

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

Make yourself an honest man. – Thomas Carlyle

inspiring honesty quotes

Simple honesty of purpose in a man goes a long way in life, if founded on a just estimate of himself and a steady obedience to the rule he knows and feels to be right. – Samuel Smiles

It takes strength and courage to admit the truth. – Rick Riordan

Honest people don’t hide their deeds. – Emily Brontë

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, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure. – Joseph Sugarman

He that steals an egg will steal an ox. – George Herbert

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

Honesty is the best policy. – Aesop

It is better to suffer for truth than to prosper by falsehood. – Danish

Honesty has a power that very few people can handle. – Steven Aitchison

The establishment of any relationship, both individual and expert is honesty. – Alexander Mejia

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people. – Spencer Johnson

Friends are honest with each other. Even if the truth hurts.-Maggie – Sarah Dessen

Honesty prospers in every condition of life. – Friedrich Schiller

Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don’t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you. – Maya Angelou

Keep conscience clear, then never fear. – Ben Franklin

Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee. – George Chapman

Let’s get things straight. – Unknown

Be honest, brutally honest. – Lauryn Hill

I have survived. I am here. Confused, screwed up, but here. So, how can I find my way? Is there a chain saw of the soul, an ax I can take to my memories or fears? – Laurie Halse

Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths. – Criss Jami

Honesty is one of the most important parts of any marriage. – Amanda Thompson

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

It’s difficult to honest with others when you continue lying to yourself. – Carlos Wallace

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken. – Jane Austen

We have no relationship without honesty. – by Claude – Emily Giffin

I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they? – Jess C. Scott

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

Leadership is intelligence, honesty, and doing the right thing. – Julie Zeilinger

One honest relationship can be more productive than fistfuls of business cards. – Susan Cain

I’d never managed anyone before, so I don’t have a lot of experience. But I’m lucky – I have a lot of team members who have a really honest relationship with me. – Ben Silbermann

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

Making money selling manure is better than losing money selling musk. – Egyptian

No legacy is as rich as honesty. – Unknown

You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience. – Victor Hugo

Pay what you owe and what you’re worth you’ll know. – Ben Franklin

Possession is nine tenths of the law. – Unknown

People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense. – Ben Carson

Be honest, for God is the helper of honest people. Avoid telling lies since it will ruin your faith. Know that honest people are on the verge of nobility and honor, while liars are on the verge of collapse and destruction. – Imam Ali RA

Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. – Walter Anderson

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

All I’m ever looking for in my work in general is honesty and truth and people being real to themselves. – O Tillett Wright

Be a reflection of what you’d like to see in others. If you want love, give love, if you want honesty, give honesty, if you want respect, give respect. You get in return, what you give. – Unknown

I’m not rude, I’m honest. – Unknown

Honesty pays, but it don’t seem to pay enough to suit some people. – Frank McKinney

If you tell the truth, you don’t need a long memory. – Jesse Ventura

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy. – Susan Polis Schutz

Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it. – George R.R. Martin

Honest hearts produce honest actions. – Brigham Young

An honest man’s word is as good as his bond. – Unknown

Be honest with the people who love you. They deserve your honesty. – Unknown

Always tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember what you said. – Mark Twain

The best thing about telling the truth is…you don’t have to remember what you said!Unknown, thanks to Georgie Bee

The contented person can never be ruined. – Chinese

if you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone. – Richard Yates

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. – Albert Einstein

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

Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it. – Mark Twain

To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand. – William Shakespeare

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

To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it. – Leo Tolstoy

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

The sting of a reproach is the truth of it. – Ben Franklin

When a thief kisses you, count your teeth. – Yiddish

The answer is good things only happen to you if you’re good. Good? Honest is more what I mean… Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest heart. – Truman Capote

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

The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong. – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education. – John Ruskin

The truth needs so little rehearsal. – Barbara Kingsolver

My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realize how central values like these have been throughout my life. – Kate Middleton

It is better to suffer for truth than to prosper by falsehood. – Danish

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

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

You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too. – Anne Lamott

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. – Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. – William James

As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility. – Nelson Mandela

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

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

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 man is believed without an oath, for his reputation swears for him. – Eliza Cook

Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don’t think so though I’m not sure if I’d like to be and argh I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, if you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals. – Jess C Scott

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

You cannot con an honest man. – Ally Carter

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