QUOTES about HONESTY and TRUTH

Fear brings forth truth, and fewer men speak truth by virtue of their honesty. 

There is no well defined boundary line between honesty and dishonesty. The frontiers of one blend with the outside limits of the other, and he who attempts to tread this dangerous ground may be sometimes in the one domain and sometimes in the other. O. Henry

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. George Washington

The Question “Can I be honest with you?” often presages infliction of emotional pain. Colleen Swan

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Emerson

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't. Mark Twain

If men would avoid that general language and general manner in which they strive to hide all that is peculiar, and would say only what was uppermost in their own minds, after their own individual manner, every man would be interesting. Emerson

Put a rogue in the limelight and he will act like an honest man. Napoleon

Festive alcohol sometimes leads to an excess of honesty. John Donne

When asked if you like a gift, it is often better to be kind than honest. Mary Shaw

There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. Daniel Webster

Honesty is the only virtue we are born with and the first we lose. Bernice Atoll
 
Honesty is commendable alas, also the spear from the wicked tongue. Anne Herter 

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain

I had always been an honest man until my wife asked me if she looked fat in her new dress. Anon 

If ever I said in grief or pride, I'd tired of honest things, I lied. Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Who speaks the truth stabs falsehood to the heart. James Russell Lowell

An honest man is true as is the carpenters dovetail. Quentin Dunn 

A show of a certain amount of honesty is in any profession or business the surest way of growing rich. LA Bruyere

All truths that are kept silent become poisonous. Nietzsche

Doubt is the freedom of thought. Any claim to truth can be doubted. Alfred Vingy

I have no idea what the mind of a lowlife scoundrel is like, but I know what the mind of an honest man is like; it is terrifying. Abel Hermant

No human being will ever know the truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even know they had done so. Xenophanes

He that resolves to deal with none but honest men must leave off dealing. Thomas Fuller

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property. Thomas Jefferson 

Seek not abroad, for in the inner man dwells the truth. Augustine of Hippo

A truth transfixed me: for the first time I saw the truth as it is set out into song by so many poets, proclaimed as wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth - that love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Viktor E Frankl

Never explain; your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway. Elbert Hubbard

There is no permanent absolute unchangeable truth; what we should pursue is the most convenient arrangement of our ideas. Samuel Butler

Let us be true; this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and all moral authority. Henri Frederic Amiel

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

We ave to distrust each-other; it is the only defense against betrayal. Tennessee Williams

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much, and he that he is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Bible Quote

Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience. Einstein 

Nothing indeed can be a stronger presumption of falsehood than the approbation of the multitude. David Hume

Life is a paradox. Every truth has its counterpart which contradicts it; and every philosopher supplies the logic his own undoing. Elbert Hubbard

This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. Shakespeare.

Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself than straightforward and simple integrity in another. Charles Caleb Colton

Unless you are an excellent liar, it is always best to state the truth. John Shapiro 

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opponents. William Penn

Indeed, the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. Quote from John Stuart Mill

To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues. John Locke 

A disputant no more cares for the truth than the sportsman for the hare. Alexander Pope

No man will completely believe in another man, but he will absolutely believe in his ideas. Matthew Schiller

The less said the bigger the truth; the more said the less; and only opinion is left. James Calder

During his presidential campaign, those who sought to undermine Grover Cleveland accused him of having fathered a child out of wedlock. Though there was some question as to his paternity, Cleveland paid to support the child. This revelation resulted in the rhyme, “Ma, Ma, where’s my pa?” Gone to the White House, ha, ha, ha!” When asked by his staff how to deal with this scandal, Cleveland said, “Tell the truth.” Much to the chagrin of his foes, this honesty earned Cleveland a great deal of public respect, assisting him in winning the presidential election. Quote ascribed to Cleveland 


Veracity is the heart of morality. Thomas Henry Huxley 

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. Plato

How happy is he born and taught; that serves not another’s will, whose armor is his honest thought and truth, his utmost skill. Sir Henry Wotton 

Believe those who are seeking truth; doubt those who find it. Andre Gide

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 became identical. Margaret Fuller

They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth. Plato 

Conscience doth make cowards of us all. Shakespeare

A man must not always tell all, for that be folly; but what a man says should be what he thinks. Montaigne

An honest man's word is as good as his bond. Cervantes

No legacy is so rich as honesty. Shakespeare

When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute. Walter Lippmann

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange my youth. Sara Teasdale

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. Napoleon

People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. Anon

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have. Elizabeth Bowen

All truth is not to be told at all times. Thomas Fuller

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. Emerson

Truth; that long clean clear simple undeniable unchallengeable straight and shining line, on one side of which black is black and on the other white is white, has now become an angle, a point of view. William Faulkner

A man of honor should never forget what he is because he sees what others are. Baltasar Gracian

We no longer admit any other truth than that which is expedient; for there is no worse error than the truth that may weaken the arm that is fighting. Andre Gide

The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.  George Bernard Shaw

The truths of life are not discovered by us. At moments unforeseen, some gracious influence descends upon the soul, touching it to an emotion which, we know not how, the mind transmutes into thought. George Gissing

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society. Emerson

I am so honest, I believe everything I say. Hubbard

In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it. Samuel Johnson

Add a few drops of venom to a half truth and you have an absolute truth. Eric Hoffer

Compliments win friends, honesty loses them. Tagore

Do not look at my outward shape, but take what is in my hand. Proverb

I have never seen a man lost on a straight path. Proverb

Rough work, Iconoclasm; but the only way to get at truth. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde

I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into minds which were ignorant of its charms. Quote from Casanova

There is nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head. Thornton Wilder

Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it. Mark Twain

A man is not to aim at innocence, any more than he is to aim at hair, but he is to keep it. Emerson

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. Emerson

A man may be very sincere in good principles, without having good practice. Samuel Johnson

When I speak to you about myself, I am speaking to you about yourself. How is it you don't see that? Victor Hugo

Be yourself and think for yourself, and while your conclusions may not be infallible they will be nearer right than the inclusions forced upon you by those who have a personal interest in keeping you in ignorance. Elbert Hubbard

What can give us surer knowledge than our senses? With what else can we better distinguish the true from the false? Lucretius 

There is ever a slight suspicion of the burlesque about earnest good men. Emerson

Nature forever puts a premium on reality. What is done for effect is seen to be done for effect; what is done for love is felt to be done for love. A man inspires affection and honor because he was not lying in wait for these. Emerson

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great. Emerson

He who wishes to teach us a truth should not tell it to us, but simply suggest it with a brief gesture, a gesture which starts an ideal trajectory in the air along which we glide until we find ourselves at the feet of the new truth. Jose Ortega Y Gasset

To be believed make the truth unbelievable. Napoleon 

Anecdote: Gerry Sheindlin, husband of famed TV Judge Judy, for a time conducted his own similar program. During one dinner at home, he asked her if she thought his ratings were likely to approach hers. His ever forthright wife replied, “No.” When he asked why, she said between mouthfuls, “Because you're not Judge Judy.” Quoted during a TV interview

DEFINITION and MEANING
While the words “honesty” and “truth” are often seen as synonymous, there are some basic divergences between the two. Even the most revered philosophical truths are not so much absolute as subject to human interpretation. Truth may also come in various guises. Let’s look at Santa Claus as an example; who, in all his cultural equivalents, is a fallacy. Still, the global nature of this benevolent giver indicates “his” importance. 

What about the honesty of the joy parents feel when they plan and buy their children those gifts which they hope will bring the most joy? Arguably, Santa Claus is embodied, as it were, by the depth of that cherishing. In a different sense, we are not always ready to accept what we inwardly know to be true. When a friendship or relationship ends, especially when our deepest trust seems to have been violated, the pain can feel fathomless.

At the nadir of this sadness, we can tend to hold the other person as wholly to blame for the failure of the connection to last. Later, we realize and accept our own role, rather than persist in our sense of a good versus evil scenario. Yet, perhaps this demonetization  ideally short-lived, eases the healing process. Meanwhile, we can trust time to aid and urge us towards the acceptance of truth.