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Ralph Waldo EmersonBe silly. Be honest. Be kind.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

John WoodenWell, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

George Bernard ShawI am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly tell our children that honesty is the best policy.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

NapoleonThe surest way to remain poor is to be honest.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Lao-TzuSincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Mark TwainHonesty: The best of all the lost arts.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Oscar WildeA little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ayn RandIf one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

JuvenalHonesty is admired, and starves.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

Philip SidneyThe only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

Charles Caleb ColtonNothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Stanislaw Jerzy LecAll is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Martin Luther KingMeans we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Sigmund FreudBeing entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Will DurantThe Greek might admit that honesty is the best policy, but he tries everything else first.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Thomas JeffersonThe whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Harry TrumanAlways be sincere, even if you don't mean it.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThere were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims


Funny Quotes

George CarlinHonesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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Proverbs

American proverbHonesty is the best policy.

—  American proverb

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Yiddish proverbA man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.

—  Yiddish proverb

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