Honesty Quotes

Most popular honesty quotes

When in doubt, tell the truth.
I try to get rid of people who always confidently answer questions about which they don't have any real knowledge.
Honesty is the best policy.
What is more arrogant than honesty?
To be honest, one must be inconsistent.
An honest man's the noblest work of God.
An honest God is the noblest work of man.
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

funny proverbs truth

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
It takes two to speak truth—one to speak and another to hear.


All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Put a rogue in the limelight and he will act like an honest man.
In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.

kindness lies relationships

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

morals truth

Don't call a man honest just because he never had the chance to steal.
— Yiddish saying


He's an honest man - you could shoot craps with him over the telephone.
Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.

candor friendship

There are numerous layers of honesty, and the deepest should not have a monopoly.
Honesty is stronger medicine than sympathy, which may console but often conceals.


"Honesty" without compassion and understanding is not honesty, but subtle hostility.
In short, honesty is more than a moral principle. It is also a major economic factor.
Honesty is the best policy, but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.
It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.


The man who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality as much as the honesty. Possibly more.

human nature

Every man who expresses an honest thought is a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty.
Remember Louis Vincenti's rule: 'Tell the truth, and you won't have to remember your lies.'
Absolute honesty is as absurd an abstraction as an absolute temperature or an absolute value.
Always tell the truth. You may make a hole in one when you're alone on the golf course someday.
The man who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as the honesty. Possibly more.


When people speak with brutal honesty, what is most remembered is the brutality, not the honesty.


People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.
Deceiving someone for his own good is a responsibility that should be shouldered only by the gods.
There's one way to find out if a man is honest - ask him. If he says, 'Yes,' you know he is a crook.
He is not an honest man who has burned his tongue and does not tell the company that the soup is hot.
— Yugoslavian proverb

helping others proverbs

Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.


It is useless to try to hold some people to anything they say while they're madly in love, drunk, or running for office.

funny politicians

Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
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.