quotations about honesty
An honest man's the noblest work of God.
ALEXANDER POPE, Essay on Man
The truth is never dangerous. Except when told.
PHILIP MOELLER, Helena's Husband
People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.
RICHARD J. NEEDHAM, attributed, The Harper Book of Quotations
Honesty is such a lonely word.
Everyone is so untrue.
Honesty is hardly ever heard.
And mostly what I need from you.
BILLY JOEL, "Honesty"
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Nathaniel Macon, Jan. 12, 1819
Take note, take note, O world,
To be direct and honest is not safe.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello
I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address to the People of the United States
I'd rather get bad news from an honest man than lies from a flatterer.
URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Other Wind
Sometimes in this life, under the stress of an exceptional emotion, people do say what they think.
MARCEL PROUST, The Guermantes Way
Honesty is the poor man's pork and the rich man's pudding.
Make yourself an honest man, and you can be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
THOMAS CARLYLE, attributed, Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting of Progressive Friends, 1887
There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats;
For I am arm'd so strong in honesty,
That they pass by me as the idle wind,
Which I respect not.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Julius Caesar
Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten.
THOMAS OTWAY, Venice Preserved
No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE, The Essays of Montaigne
Honesty is the best policy.
AESOP, "The Horse and the Groom", Aesop's Fables
I'm going to tell it like it is. I hope you can take it like it is.
MALCOLM X, speech at founding rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, Jun. 28, 1964
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, Revolutionary Road
I meant what I said and I said what I meant.
DR. SEUSS, Horton Hatches the Egg
There is no well-defined boundary between honesty and dishonesty. The frontiers of one blend with the outside limits of the other, and he who attempts to tread this dangerous ground may be sometimes in one domain and sometimes in the other so the only safe road is the broad highway that leads straight through and has been well defined by line and comopass.
O. HENRY, "Bexar Script No. 2692", Rolling Stones
Honesty is still the best policy, but nowadays there are less policy-holders than there used to be.
EVAN ESAR, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes