Honesty Quotes

30 of the best book quotes about honesty
  1. #1
    I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I’ve tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied.
  2. #2
    “If you didn’t sign it,” said the King, “that only makes the matter worse. You must have meant some mischief, or else you’d have signed your name like an honest man.”
  3. #3
    “There is no other way of guarding oneself from flatterers except letting men understand that to tell you the truth does not offend you.”
  4. #4
    “He lay down upon a sumptuous divan, and proceeded to instruct himself with honest zeal.”
  5. #5
    “Honest people don’t hide their deeds.”
  6. #6
    “This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
  7. #7
    “When in doubt, tell the truth.”
  8. #8
    “No one does [play fair] if they think they can get away with it.”
  9. #9
    “Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”
  10. #10
    “Be honest with yourself about what you’re blowing off.”
  1. #11
    “Fair is foul, and foul is fair, hover through fog and filthy air.”
  2. #12
    “I’m honest and tell people right to their faces what I think, even when it’s not very flattering. I want to be honest; I think it gets you further and also makes you feel better about yourself.”
  3. #13
    “To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.”
  4. #14
    “Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.”
  5. #15
    “To a criminal, honesty is foolish.”
  6. #16
    He should be careful. It’s dangerous to be an honest man.
  7. #17
    They had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes.
  8. #18
    “How strange it is that people of honest feelings and sensibilty, who would not take advantage of a man born without arms or legs or eyes—how such people think nothing of abusing a man with low intelligence.”
  9. #19
    “When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em.”
  10. #20
    “You can’t pray a lie – I found that out.”
  1. #21
    “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.”
  2. #22
    “Now for every one there should be some one to whom one can speak frankly, for all the valor that one could have one becomes very alone.”
  3. #23
    “Therefore, another prologue must tell he is not a lion”
  4. #24
    “It’s better to be sworn to an honest fool than to a lying scholar.”
  5. #25
    “Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.”
  6. #26
    “I’ll be bad; but anyway not a liar, a cheat.”
  7. #27
    “Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.”
  8. #28
    “Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak . . . ”
  9. #29
    “Of the affairs of love ... my only advice is to be honest. That’s your most powerful tool to unlock a heart or gain forgiveness.”
  10. #30
    “You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt.”
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