Honesty Quotes (48) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Honesty. Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Furthermore, honesty means being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.


“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” 
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” 
~ Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” 
~ Albert Einstein

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

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

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” 
~ Thomas Jefferson

“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

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.” 
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“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

“You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.” 
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

“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

“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 avaoiding 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, Letter to My Daughter

“Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.” 
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
~ Dennis Prager

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

No legacy is so rich as honesty.
~ William Shakespeare

Expressions of affection, like putting your arm around someone's shoulder, holding hands, or giving a kiss good night, involve the principle of honesty.
~ John Bytheway

Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
~ Lao Tzu

Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life - all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.
~ Zig Ziglar

All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.
~ Dalai Lama

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

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.
~ Richard Bach

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.
~ Stephen Covey

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
~ Charles Dickens

You can defeat fear through humor, through pain, through honesty, bravery, intuition, and through love in the truest sense.
~ John Cassavetes

Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.
~ Freeman Thomas

That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.
~ Meredith Monk

Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence.
~ Lemuel K. Washburn

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

Life comes down to honesty and doing what's right. That's what's most important.
~ Bob Feller

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

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

A half truth is a whole lie. 
~ Yiddish Proverb

A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.
~ Charles Edward Montague, Disenchantment

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

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

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

Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it. 
~ Mark Twain

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

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

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, The Age of Reason

It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks lateness, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patching to repair great rents in the quotidian. 
~ John Updike

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is — "Let there be truth between us two forevermore."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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