175 Honesty Quotes to Inspire Authenticity and Integrity in Your Life

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Top 10 Honesty Quotes (BEST)

  1. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth. — William Faulkner
  2. Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones — John Lennon
  3. The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. — Zig Ziglar
  4. Do the right thing because it is right. — Immanuel Kant
  5. Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. — Franz Kafka
  6. You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  7. The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. — Baron de Montesquieu
  8. I'm not a handsome guy, but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Beauty is in the heart, not in the face. — Abdul Kalam
  9. Integrity gives you real freedom because you have nothing to fear since you have nothing to hide. — Zig Ziglar
  10. Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Most Famous Honesty Quotes

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Honesty: The best of all the lost arts. — Mark Twain

Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving. — James E. Faust

What is dignity without honesty? — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Honesty is better than any policy. — Immanuel Kant

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people. — Spencer Johnson

Honesty is praised and left in the cold. — Juvenal

Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? — Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it. — Mark Twain

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No legacy is so rich as honesty. — William Shakespeare

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Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself. — William Shakespeare

Short Honesty Quotes

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  • The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty. — Abu Bakr
  • Honesty is something you can't wear out. — Waylon Jennings
  • Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty. — Plato
  • Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other. — Benjamin E. Mays
  • Honesty does not always bring a response of love, but it is absolutely essential to it. — Ray Blanton
  • Every time somebody speaks of my honesty, there is someone who quivers inside me. — Albert Camus
  • It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. — Noel Coward
  • Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom. — Thomas Jefferson
  • Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. — Mother Teresa
  • I like honest men of all colors. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Honesty Image Quotes

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Honesty quote by John C. Maxwell

Speak the truth. Transparency breeds legitimacy. — John C. Maxwell

Honesty quote by Milton S. Hershey

Young man: Be honest; train yourself for useful work; love God. — Milton S. Hershey

Honesty quote Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrit
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.
Honesty quote by Mark Twain

Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it. — Mark Twain

Honesty quote by Sasha Azevedo

A true friend will tell you the truth to your face - not behind your back. — Sasha Azevedo

Honesty quote by Tennessee Williams

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. — Tennessee Williams

Honesty quote by William Shakespeare

No legacy is so rich as honesty. — William Shakespeare

Honesty quote by Diogenes

I am looking for an honest man. — Diogenes

Honesty quote by William Shakespeare

Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself. — William Shakespeare

Honesty quote by Philippe Starck

Elegance and honesty are two mandatory parameters for any human production. — Philippe Starck

Honesty quote by Waylon Jennings

Honesty is something you can't wear out. — Waylon Jennings

Honesty quote by Theresa May

The public want honesty from their politicians. Not showy gimmicks. — Theresa May

Honesty quote by Graeme Murphy

I think it requires a bit of honesty, Swan Lake. — Graeme Murphy

Honesty quote by Ian Dury

All I want for my birthday is another birthday. — Ian Dury

Honesty quote Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity.
Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity.

Loyalty And Honesty Quotes

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To me dogs are not the students, not the ones that need training. To me a dog is a teacher of life, who teaches us the principles of the most important moral values; honesty, integrity, loyalty, trust, respect and love. — Cesar Millan

You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate. — Pope John Paul II

Enterprise customers have been working together with us for a long time, they trust us, and we just keep everything open and transparent. — Eric Yuan

Honesty quote Respect is earned, Honesty is appreciated, Love is gained and Loyalty is returne
Respect is earned, Honesty is appreciated, Love is gained and Loyalty is returned.

I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. Honesty is number one, respect, and absolutely the third would have to be loyalty. — Summer Altice

I say things directly and to the point because I don’t know anything else. — Amanda Nunes

Honesty and loyalty are key. If two people can be honest with each other about everything, that's probably the biggest key to success. — Taylor Lautner

Honesty quote I respect those who tell me the truth, no matter how hard it is.
I respect those who tell me the truth, no matter how hard it is.

Now, after years of observation and enough courage to admit what I have observed, I try to plant peace if I do not want discord; to plant loyalty and honesty if I want to avoid betrayal and lies. — Maya Angelou

Again and again, I learn how much friendship enriches my life, bringing warmth, assurance, humour, inspiration, a sense of security. It depends on honesty, trust, loyalty. It's about giving. It's for sharing the good times, but also the tough times, hurt, grief, sadness. — Quentin Bryce

The necessity of loyalty between friends, the responsibility that the strong owe the infirm, the illusion of ill-gotten gain, the rewards of hard work, honesty, and trust-these are enduring truths glimpsed and judged first through the imagination, first through art. — Michael Dorris

If you're genuinely candid and expressive then you're never wrong, even when you are wrong. — Gary Giddins

Respect And Honesty Quotes

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In this respect fundamentalism has demonic traits. It destroys the humble honesty of the search for truth, it splits the conscience of its thoughtful adherents, and it makes them fanatical because they are forced to suppress elements of truth of which they are dimly aware — Paul Tillich

Real success requires respect for and faithfulness to the highest human values-honesty, integrity, self-discipline, dignity, compassion, humility, courage, personal responsibility, courtesy, and human service. — Michael E. DeBakey

In our way of working, we attach a great deal of importance to humility and honesty; With respect for human values, we promise to serve our customers with integrity. — Azim Premji

Honesty quote No legacy is so rich as honesty.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.

Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean. From the very beginning to the very end, pointing to our own hearts to discover what is true isn’t just a matter of honesty but also of compassion and respect for what we see. — Pema Chodron

Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations. — Black Elk

I don't require lust, sex, or classic beauty; I require trust, respect, and honesty. All else builds from there. — Oscar Peterson

Honesty quote Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other
Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.

Respect for the Truth is an acquired taste. — Mark Van Doren

A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else. — Jean Francois Paul de Gondi

My friendships and relationships in the conservative world are not predicated on political correctness and enforced conformity of thought. They are based, instead, on mutual respect, honesty and understanding - concepts many modern liberals should consider revisiting. — Tammy Bruce

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect. — Stephen Covey

Relationship Honesty Quotes

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Trust, honesty, humility, transparency and accountability are the building blocks of a positive reputation. Trust is the foundation of any relationship. — Mike Paul

The glue that holds all relationships together ... is trust, and trust is based on integrity. — Brian Tracy

Lies don’t end relationships the truth does. — Shannon Alder

Always tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember what you said. — Mark Twain

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess. — Josh Billings

Don't make misrepresentations to anyone you deal with. If you believe the other person may have misunderstood you, correct any misunderstanding you find exists. Honesty is integral to ethical behavior, and trustworthiness is essential for good, lasting relationships. — Buck Rodgers

Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don't think so though I'm not sure if I'd like to be and argh I don't think there's anything wrong with that, if you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals. — Jess C Scott

There are quite a few honest songwriters out there writing about relationships and their own personality traits. But for some reason, once they step out of the bedroom, their honesty doesn't seem to come with them. — Billy Bragg

The woman who bore me is no longer alive, but I seem to be her daughter in increasingly profound ways. — Johnnetta B. Cole

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. — Croft M. Pentz

Truth And Honesty Quotes

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The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. — Ernest Hemingway

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Who lies for you will lie against you. — John Locke

Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others. — Charles R. Swindoll

The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others. — Dalai Lama

People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach. — David A. Bednar

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

No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful. — Eleanor Roosevelt

If you tell the truth you do not need a good memory! — Mark Twain

People are like music, some speak the truth and others are just noise. — Bill Murray

Honesty And Integrity Quotes

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Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life - all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity. — Zig Ziglar

Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. — Dennis Prager

Stand for something. Don't quest for popularity at the expense of morality and ethics and honesty. — Howard Cosell

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. — American Proverbs

My generation's apathy. I'm disgusted with it. I'm disgusted with my own apathy too, for being spineless and not always standing up against racism, sexism and all those other -isms the counterculture has been whining about for years. — Kurt Cobain

You beat 50 percent of the people in America by working hard. You beat 40 percent by being a person of honesty and integrity and standing for something. The last 10 percent is a dogfight in the free enterprise system. — Arthur L. Williams, Jr.

We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square. — Michelle Obama

It’s better to eat salty food and speak the truth than to eat vegetarian and tell lies. — Vietnamese Proverbs

When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. — Maya Angelou

Truth allows you to live with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are. Let it be the Truth. — Oprah Winfrey

Love And Honesty Quotes

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I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't. — Marilyn Monroe

Now is the time to understand That all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child's training wheelsTo be laid aside When you finally live With veracity And love. — Hafez

"Civilization" has been thrust upon me since the days of the reservations, and it has not added one whit to my sense of justice, to my reverence for the rights of life, to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity, or to my faith in Wakan Tanka, God of the Lakotas. — Luther Standing Bear

If you play music with passion and love and honesty, then it will nourish your soul, heal your wounds and make your life worth living. Music is its own reward. — Sting

We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them. — Anais Nin

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. — Ellen Perry

We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us. — Margaret Guenther

My wife could turn to me and she may say, 'Why do you love me?' And I can with all honesty look her in the eye and say, 'Because our pheromones matched our olfactory receptors.' — Robin Ince

Truth should be in love and love in truth. — African Proverbs

Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God. — Pope John Paul II

Self Honesty Quotes

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Perfect health, sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches. — Sri Aurobindo

When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed — Ayn Rand

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. — Abraham Lincoln

They are most cheated who cheat themselves. — Danish Proverbs

To be honest, speak without identity. — Naval Ravikant

Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle. — Eric Zorn

Keep no secrets of thyself from thyself — Greek Proverbs

Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself. — Naval Ravikant

Honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time. — Dave Van Ronk

Little self-denials, little honesties, little passing words of sympathy, little nameless acts of kindness, little silent victories over favorite temptations-these are the silent threads of gold which, when woven together, gleam out so brightly in the pattern of life that God approves. — Frederic Farrar

Trust And Honesty Quotes

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Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition. — Freeman Thomas

There is always a way to be honest without being brutal. — Arthur Dobrin

Lack of trust is an enormous transaction cost, and I underestimated this when I first got into business. — Sam Bankman-Fried

Trust and honesty is an investment you put in people. — Rachel Scott

Trust everybody, but cut the cards yourself. — W. C. Fields

Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience. — Stephen Covey

If you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory. — Jesse Ventura

The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams. — Elizabeth Gilbert

I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I've never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up. — Shania Twain

Trust is the highest form of human motivation. — Stephen Covey

Emotional Honesty Quotes

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Sometimes in this life, under the stress of an exceptional emotion, people do say what they think. — Marcel Proust

Always be honest with your feelings, and don't let stuff build up. — Joe Gatto

Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man. — Paul Gray

Sometimes I wish I was poetic and subtle. I write very bold and blunt and tell it like it is. — Pink

Honesty is vulnerability. Sadly, not everyone can handle someone’s honesty. However, lying allows people to be comfortable. — Shannon Alder

We can’t hide from the truth. — Didier Deschamps

I wish that we lived in a time and a generation where people would stop viewing my honesty as overly emotional. People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don't, I'm good. I'm a man. — Drake

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. — Ernest Hemingway

I never want to listen to the songs in front of people close to me. There's an emotional honesty in that place where it's not earnest but it's vulnerable. — Yannis Philippakis

The cat has complete emotional honesty - an attribute not often found in humans. — Ernest Hemingway

Brutal Honesty Quotes

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Callie always said Luce was incapable of brutal honesty and that was why she got herself stuck in so many crappy situations with guys whom she should have just told no. — Lauren Kate

People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. — Richard J. Needham

I rap about fighting back. I make it uncomfortable by putting details to it. It might not have been politically correct but I've reached somebody; They relating to me. They relate to the brutal honesty in the rap. — Tupac Shakur

I think brutal honesty is extremely important. Don't be afraid of being up-front about your feelings and your life. I'd rather be an honest friend than a phony lover. — Minka Kelly

Every time we tell a lie, the thing we fear grows stronger. — Tad Williams

The truth brings with it a great measure of absolution, always. — R. D. Laing

I don't know if any of us are mature enough to handle the brutal honesty of what's inside other people's heads. — James Marsters

Your close men friends should be willing to challenge your mediocrity by suggesting a concrete action you can perform that will pop you out of your rut, one way or the other. And you must be willing to offer them your brutal honesty, in the same way, if you are all to grow. — David Deida

A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, repute possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie. — Charles Edward Montague

I study the Bible all week, pray to the Lord, and then I speak from my heart. It's all about brutal honesty. — Mark Driscoll

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I'll tell you what the public likes more than anything, it's the most rare commodity in the world - honesty. — Merle Haggard

Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone. — Vincent Van Gogh

Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people. — Warren Buffett

Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest — William Faulkner

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. "One word of truth outweighs the world. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Never underestimate the pain of a person, because in all honesty, everyone is struggling. some people are better at hiding it than others. — Will Smith

We are all jellyfish, too pitiful and too afraid of being disliked to be honest. — May Sarton

The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction. — Fulton J. Sheen

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. — Dalai Lama

The most important thing in business is honesty, integrity, hard work familynever forgetting where we came from. — Frank Lucas

In Conclusion

Honesty quotes often emphasize the significance of being truthful in all circumstances. They remind us that honesty is not only about telling the truth but also about being true to ourselves. Honesty involves being sincere and authentic, without deceit or falsehood. Quotes about honesty encourage individuals to embrace honesty as a core value and to prioritize it in their interactions with others. They remind us that honesty is not just a virtue but also a foundation for building strong and trustworthy relationships.

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