75+ Best Honesty Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Most Famous Honesty Quotes

As you grew, we encouraged you to be open and direct. As you leave, never lose your honesty with those whom you speak. Catherine Pulsifer and Byron Pulsifer

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

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

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

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth. Charles Dickens

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

But the truth is that people need other people, that a good story requires more than one character. We were all made to be loved and made to be known, to find ourselves in honest relationships where those things can be reciprocated and exchanged. Jamie Tworkowski Truth

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

It is not the lie that passes through the mind, but the lie that sinks in and settles in it, that does the hurt. Francis Bacon

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

Brutal, inner honesty The three scariest words on the planet, and yet, at the same time, the very key that unlocks all the doors Ken Dahl

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

And if you learn to have those difficult conversations in a loving, honest, and responsible way, your relationships can become better than you ever thought they could. Henry Cloud

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

Often, too, with children, conformity, rather than honesty, is encouraged. I would like to see children feel free to express their emotions and, as they grow, learn how to control their impulses. Magda Gerber

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

I wish to be simple, honest, natural, frank, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected ready to say, I do not know, if so it be, to meet all men on an absolute equality to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unafraid and unabashed. Elbert Hubbard

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

It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business. Mahatma Gandhi

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

Reconciling honest doubt with deeply held faith is a paradox, something that seems unlikely, if not impossible, but turns out to be true. God makes it true. Stephen Shortridge

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

In its simplest form, communication is talking and listening; however, unless talking and listening are accompanied by honest, loving feedback on the part of the listener, little communication can take place. Dr. Gary Chapman

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 have to be able to understand what your insecurities are if you want to change them. In order to do this, you are going to have to be very honest with yourself. Jennifer N Smith

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

Always remember, everyone is hungry for praise and starving for honest appreciation! David Brandt Berg

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

Every honest researcher I know admits he’s just a professional amateur. He’s doing whatever he’s doing for the first time. That makes him an amateur. He has sense enough to know that he’s going to have a lot of trouble, so that makes him a professional. Charles Kettering

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

Working through conflict, we maintain and build a strong but flexible, honest but loving connection in our relationship. Aaron F. Steinberg

You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it. Alan Moore

If ego is the voice that tells us we’re better than we really are, we can say ego inhibits true success by preventing a direct and honest connection to the world around us. Ryan Holiday

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

Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it. Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Timothy Keller

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

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

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

Friendship is not threatened by honest criticism. It is strengthened. Charles Swindoll

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

Friendship is not threatened by honest criticism. It is strengthened. Charles Swindoll

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

If you’re not honest with yourself, how can you be truly honest with anyone else? Paul Williams

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

Where do we get the word honest? If you will study the way this word developed, you will see that it is related to honor. Honor, honesty and truth are closely related concepts. Kenneth Copeland

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Walter Scott

Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men. Herbert Hoover

Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable. Albert Camus

Healthy relationships of all kinds are usually composed of honesty, trust, and respect. Ace McCloud

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

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

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

It still takes a serious commitment and honest effort for your goals to come to fruition. Alex Altman

Honest people don’t hide their deeds. Emily Brontë

It helps people to become honest when they are treated as honest. Elijah Mcleon

Why do you guys say that, anyway? No mourners, no funerals? Why not just say good luck or be safe? We like to keep our expectations low. Leigh Bardugo

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. Thomas Jefferson

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

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

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. Marcus Tullius Cicero

All parents want their child to be honest but often forget to place emphasis on being trustworthy even though this is also a form of honesty. James R. Morrison

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

Honesty is perhaps just as important a factor in one’s communication skills as trust. Ross Elkins

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

Honesty, truth and decency all link together by loving all of these, we can improve our families, communities and our society. Estella Eliot

You should not honor men more than truth. Plato

While a relationship is typically dependent upon, both the boyfriend and girlfriend trusting each other as well as respecting and caring for one, another important factor that is vital in a successful relationship is honesty. John Franks

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

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

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

There is nothing that we can’t accomplish in honor, in God’s honor. There is no place we can’t go, no goal we can’t reach  if we keep an honorable attitude. Kenneth Copeland

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