quotations about integrity
Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straight forward and simple integrity in another.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
The great enemy of integrity is not falsehood as such but ... the attractiveness of foreign truths, truths that belong to others.
DAVID NORTON, Personal Destinies: A Philosophy of Ethical Individualism
Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon: Or Many Things in Few Words
Always stay true to yourself. Some people will like it, some people won't. Life goes on.
CARMELLO ANTHONY, Twitter post, Oct. 14, 2011
Integrity is a life that does what it does even when no one is looking. Integrity is the transparent soul, the one who sees himself honestly, and shows himself honestly.
DANA C. NEAL, A Rose Grows in the Mist
I am sure that in estimating every man's value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to John Garland Jefferson, June 15, 1792
Every man should wrap himself up in the mantle of his own integrity.
HORACE, attributed, Day's Collacon
If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.
MOLIERE, The Misanthrope
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
SAMUEL JOHNSON, The History of Rasselas
A little integrity is better than any career.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Conduct of Life
The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.
DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Every one admits how praiseworthy it is in a prince to keep faith, and to live with integrity and not with craft. Nevertheless our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account, and have known how to circumvent the intellect of men by craft, and in the end have overcome those who have relied on their word.
NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, The Prince
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.
DON MIGUEL RUIZ, The Four Agreements
Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.
VANESSA REDGRAVE, attributed, Good-bye Baby and Amen
Men of integrity are generally pretty obstinate, in adhering to an opinion once adopted.
WILLIAM COBBETT, Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Essays
I shall not be deprived ... of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Colonel Bassett, Jun. 19, 1775
On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate.
BUCKMINSTER FULLER, Critical Path
In looking for someone to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. But the most important is integrity, because if they don't have that, the other two qualities, intelligence and energy, are going to kill you.
WARREN BUFFET, The Tao of Warren Buffet