Quotations on Honesty

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All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
- John Quincy Adams
(Keywords: Men, Honesty, Folly)

Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
- Mary Kay Ash
(Keywords: Success, Honesty, Ability, Confidence)

The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Truth, Honesty, Dishonesty, Falsehood)

But I recognize no infallible authority, even in special questions; consequently, whatever respect I may have for the honesty and the sincerity of such or such an individual, I have no absolute faith in any person.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Faith, Honesty, Authority, May, Questions, Respect, Sincerity)

In all honesty, at that time, I never saw myself as an author... I was just a Mom in a state of panic, trying to enter a short story contest to win the prize money in order to keep the lights on in my home.
- Leslie Banks
(Keywords: Home, Mom, Money, Time, Honesty, Order, State, Trying)

An autobiography is not about pictures; it's about the stories; it's about honesty and as much truth as you can tell without coming too close to other people's privacy.
- Boris Becker
(Keywords: Truth, People, Honesty, Autobiography, Privacy)

In LA I was watching At the Movies with Ebert and Roper, it was, nice to see them differentiate between the subject matter and the art form of making the film, and they both gave it thumbs up, and I was kind of pleased at their honesty as far as reviewers go.
- Michael Berryman
(Keywords: Art, Movies, Honesty, Film)

More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning, compassion, love of others, honesty, and discipline applied with understanding.
- Paul D. Boyer
(Keywords: Love, Father, Discipline, Honesty, Compassion, Example, Understanding, Word)

True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt.
- Garth Brooks
(Keywords: Life, Music, Honesty, Country, Country music, Sincerity)

The main thing in acting is honesty, to feel the humanity and get to the essence of the character. You can't put anything into a character that you haven't got within you.
- Genevieve Bujold
(Keywords: Character, Honesty, Acting, Humanity)

Living in Washington, you can't take politics too seriously. I draw the line at honesty. I have no time for political hacks who say things they don't believe because they get paid to.
- Tucker Carlson
(Keywords: Politics, Time, Honesty, Living, Washington)

It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
- Noel Coward
(Keywords: People, Honesty, Deceit)

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
- Noel Coward
(Keywords: People, Honesty, Deceit)

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali
(Keywords: Art, Honesty, Possibility, Cheating)

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.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Men, Trust, Idea, Honesty, Day, Dishonesty, Nonsense, Quantity, Will)

When I do documentaries, my best information ends up on the cutting-room floor. People have trouble dealing with sexual honesty.
- Betty Dodson
(Keywords: People, Honesty, Information, Trouble)

In all my public and private acts as your president, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end.
- Gerald R. Ford
(Keywords: Policy, Honesty, Candor, Confidence, End, President, Public)

I believe honesty comes across in music because for people that music isn't just something to dance to. For people for whom music is something that they feel, they understand what I'm talking about.
- Willa Ford
(Keywords: Music, People, Dance, Honesty, Talking)

Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical.
- Margaret Fuller
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Policy, Heart, Honesty, Honor, Maxim, Public, Sense, Trade)

Surely the President can agree with us, that theft from government is not good. I know it's bold. It's out on the edge. I know from a Chicago-Springfield background it's hard to fully grasp that honesty could be part of government.
- Newt Gingrich
(Keywords: Government, Honesty, Chicago, President, Theft)

Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Keywords: Brother, Honesty, Accuracy, Dishonesty)

If money, education, and honesty will not bring to me as much privilege, as much equality as they bring to any American citizen, then they are to me a curse, and not a blessing.
- John Hope
(Keywords: Equality, Education, Money, Honesty, American, Privilege, Will)

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Wisdom, Honesty, First)

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Power, Courage, Honesty, Wealth, Will)

There's a place for all types of country music as long as there is honesty and realness and a real human experience for the fans.
- Wynonna Judd
(Keywords: Experience, Music, Honesty, Country, Country music, Fans)

Acting is all about truth and honesty, and the sensitivity that's capable of transporting you.
- Thomas Kretschmann
(Keywords: Truth, Honesty, Acting, Sensitivity)

I think all those artists are artists who are appreciated because you believe their words and you appreciate their honesty in their music. If you don't appreciate the honesty in the music, the beat can be fly as hell but you'll never give an emcee props.
- Talib Kweli
(Keywords: Music, Honesty, Artists, Hell, Words)

All pro sports, as well as the NCAA, should thank God every day we have sports betting here... We have the only agency in the world that regulates the honesty of games.
- Meyer Lansky
(Keywords: Sports, God, Honesty, Day, Games, World)

The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.
- Robert E. Lee
(Keywords: Policy, Honesty, Conviction, Criticism, Man, Right, Saying)

A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.
- Lawrence G. Lovasik
(Keywords: Superiority, Honesty, Humility, Sarcastic)

The true measure of life is not length, but honesty.
- John Lyly
(Keywords: Life, Honesty, Measure)

I'd like to introduce someone who has just come into my life. I've admired him for 35 years. He's someone who represents integrity, honesty, art, and on top of that stuff I'm actually sleeping with him.
- Shirley MacLaine
(Keywords: Art, Life, Honesty, Integrity, Years)

As a governor and senator, John Chafee set the standard for honesty and decency that the rest of us on our best days could only dream to emulate.
- John McCain
(Keywords: Dream, Honesty, Decency, Rest)

In my time, we served with noble and ethical leaders: Gerry Ford, Bob Michael, John Rhodes, men of impeccable honesty. We didn't have anybody locked up for a violation of ethics.
- Pete McCloskey
(Keywords: Men, Time, Honesty, Ethics)

Men are as we have always known them, neither better nor worse from the hearts of rogues there springs a latent honesty, from the depths of honest men there emerges a brutish appetite - a thirst for extermination, a desire for blood.
- Frederica Montseny
(Keywords: Men, Honesty, Appetite, Blood, Desire)

Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor that I find irresistible, as a contemporary poet.
- Robert Morgan
(Keywords: Humor, Honesty, Sense)

With honesty of purpose, balance, a respect for tradition, courage, and, above all, a philosophy of life, any young person who embraces the historical profession will find it rich in rewards and durable in satisfaction.
- Samuel E. Morison
(Keywords: Life, Courage, Honesty, Purpose, Balance, Philosophy, Profession, Respect, Satisfaction, Tradition, Will)

Intellectual honesty is the quality that the public in free countries always has expected of historians; much more than that it does not expect, nor often get.
- Samuel E. Morison
(Keywords: Quality, Honesty, Countries, Historians, Public)

You frighten a lot of scientists. If they say that climate is not changing, they lose their research grants. And some people cannot afford that; they become silent, or a few of us speak up, because we think that it's for the honesty of science, that we have to do it.
- Nils-Axel Morner
(Keywords: Science, People, Honesty, Climate, Research, Scientists)

My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief. Making sure that in this transition, which will be even more of a transition for the girls... that they are settled and that they know they will continue to be the center of our universe.
- Michelle Obama
(Keywords: Mom, Honesty, First, Girls, Job, Universe, Will)

The first question at that time in poetry was simply the question of honesty, of sincerity.
- George Oppen
(Keywords: Poetry, Time, Honesty, First, Question, Sincerity)

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
(Keywords: Life, Love, God, Honesty, Day, Grace, Help, Loyalty, Promise, Today, Want, Will, Words)

For many decades now - and certainly during my adult life in academe - the Western intellectual world has not been convinced that theology is a pursuit that can be engaged in with intellectual honesty and integrity.
- Arthur Peacocke
(Keywords: Life, Honesty, Integrity, Now, Pursuit, Theology, World)

Especially when you deal with comedy, you have got to be really honest because it's the honesty and the spontaneity that causes people to chuckle, that catches people.
- Austin Peck
(Keywords: People, Honesty, Causes, Comedy, Spontaneity)

A friend to honesty and a foe to crime.
- Allan Pinkerton
(Keywords: Friend, Honesty, Crime)

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
- Plutarch
(Keywords: Education, Lie, Honesty, Virtue, Spring)

Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.
- Adrienne Rich
(Keywords: Work, Art, Truth, Honesty, Cheating)

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
(Keywords: Time, Honesty, Hurt, Self)

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
- John Ruskin
(Keywords: Education, Honesty, Beginning, Children)

I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Food, Time, Sex, People, Honesty, Living, Words)



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