is to be truthful and sincere.


“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”

Spencer Johnson motivational author

“What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832);
philosopher, scientist, author

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962);
U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

“What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.”


“Honest men fear neither the light nor the dark.”

Dr. Thomas Fuller (1608-1661);
clergyman, writer

“You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him.”

Confucius (551-479);

“Lying can never save us from another lie.”

Vaclav Havel (1936-2011);
poet, playwright, 1st president of Czech Republic

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826);
3rd U.S. President

“Every man who expresses an honest thought is a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty.”

Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899);
orator, attorney, politician

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997);
founder of the Missionaries of Charity

“Dare to be honest and fear no labor.”

Robert Burns (1175-1796);

“An honest heart possesses a kingdom.”

Seneca (4-65);
Roman statesman, philosopher

“The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950);
playwright, Nobel Prize winner

“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 (1732-1799);
1st U.S. President

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864);

“We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.”

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662);
mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher

“Slander cannot destroy an honest man when the flood recedes the rock is there.”

Chinese Proverb

“Honest hearts produce honest actions.”

Brigham Young (1801-1877);
2nd president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

“My responsibility to myself, my neighbors, my family and the human family is to try to tell the truth.”

Toni Cade Bambara (born 1939);

“Honor lies in honest toil.”

Grover Cleveland (1837-1908);
22nd U.S. president, 24th U.S. president

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616);
dramatist, poet

“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 (1867-1957);

“To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.”

John Ruskin (1819-1900);
poet, writer, art critic

“The grateful person, being still the most severe exacter of himself, not only confesses, but proclaims, his debts.”

Robert South (1634-1716);

“The truth is more important than the facts.”

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959);

“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.”


“It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

Noel Coward (1899-1973);
playwright, composer, actor

“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 (1903-1965);
American artist

“An honest man nearly always thinks justly.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778);

“I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. ”

Alan Greenspan (born 1926);
American economist

“We all need to know what it means to be honest. Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”

James E. Faust (1920-2007);

“Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.”

Chilon of Sparta Philosopher

“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 (1732-1799);
1st U.S. President

“I will put honesty before the risk of humiliation.”

Rachel Joy Scott (1981-1999);
student, first victim of the Columbine High School massacre

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939);
founder of psychoanalytic school of psychology

“The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.”

Aristotle (384-322);

“Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach writer

“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

Socrates (469-399);

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941);

“In the final analysis, there is no other solution to a man's problems but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous utterance, and the day's good deed.”

Claire Booth Luce (1903-1987);
playwright, editor, social activist

“An honest man's word is as good as his bond.”

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616);
novelist, poet

“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616);
dramatist, poet

“Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.”

Welsh Proverb

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i enjoy watching those vidoes make some more!
bob about 1 month ago from california

The honest will embrace constructive criticism whereas the dishonest will be offended and go to great lengths to discredit the source. They will in fact expend more time and energy discrediting their critics than addressing the problem.
Dennis Dinzeo 2 months ago from Las Vegas NV

this is very truthful
zion gabourel 8 months ago from caye caulker

I would add that there are two types of people in the world; not good and evil as you might imagine, but rather those that love truth.......and those that do not. Both are capable of good and evil but those that love truth prevail because they build their estates upon rock rather than sand.
Dennis Dinzeo 9 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

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