An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.

Thomas Jefferson

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

William Shakespeare

Every man has his fault, and honesty is his.

William Shakespeare

Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.

William Shakespeare

I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an old man and no honester than I.

William Shakespeare

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.

Kin Hubbard

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.

Samuel Butler

Every one of us lives his life just once; if we are honest, to live once is enough.

Greta Garbo

Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?


Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.

Stephen Vincent Benet

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.

Don Marquis

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.

Arthur C. Clarke

Every act of dishonesty has at least two victims: the one we think of as the victim, and the perpetrator as well. Each little dishonesty makes another little rotten spot somewhere in the perpetrator's psyche.

Lesley Conger

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

Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time.

Sam Rayburn

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth--anonymously and posthumously.

Thomas Sowell

Honesty is the best image.

Tom Wilson

I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul.

Mary Ellen Mark

The honester the man, the worse luck.

John Ray

When something that honest is said it usually needs a few minutes of silence to dissipate.

Pamela Ribon

You must pay for conformity. All goes well as long as you run with conformists. But you, who are honest men in other particulars, know that there is alive somewhere a man whose honesty reaches to this point also, that he shall not kneel to false gods, and, on the day when you meet him, you sink into the class of counterfeits.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Honest hearts produce honest actions.

Brigham Young

Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.

Walter Anderson

Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence.

Lemuel K. Washburn

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

Mark Twain

When in doubt, tell the truth.

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

A man can never hope to be more than he is if he is not first honest about what he isn't.

Don Williams, Jr

In no direction that we turn do we find ease or comfort. If we are honest and if we have the will to win we find only danger, hard work and iron resolution.

Wendell L. Willkie

The day is for honest men, the night for thieves.


I would seriously question whether anybody is really foolish enough to really say what they mean. Sometimes I think that civilization as we know it would kind of break down if we all were completely honest.

Elizabeth Hurley

I am whatever you say I am; if I wasn't, then why would you say I am.


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

We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

George Bernard Shaw

The most boring thing in the entire world is nudity. The second most boring thing is honesty.

Chuck Palahniuk

They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.


To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.

John Ruskin

Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you'll be so close as to be living inside each other's skins.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

George F. Burns

Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence.

Ayn Rand

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.

Salvador Dali

The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.

Merry Browne

But we cannot support a group that has not been upright with us. We need honesty to have dialogue.

Luke Howe

Truth might be unattainable, but honesty is not.

Stephen Watson

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

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

George Carlin

I wouldn't blame or place fault on anyone, having honesty and integrity is everyone's' job.

Fran Cohen

It's his honesty, ... I'd trust him with my life. He has so much integrity. He's a credit to racing.

David Spears

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson

In all honesty, it was one of the better games I've seen Whitney pitch in her career here. She was hitting her spots.

Randy Osnes

Honesty is being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone.

Federico Fellini

That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.

Meredith Monk

Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you're in.

Richard Jeni

It's honesty. You may not agree with him, but you know where he stands.

Rosemary Thompson

I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.

Jessamyn West

A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.

Lawrence G. Lovasik

This was a case of competing values. Honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility and compassion, these values drive our actions.

Peggy Kerns

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.


John's film is very brave. Its honesty is very, very powerful, and he's one of the few artists trying to do something we haven't seen before.

Bob Kurtz

Kauai Jr. golf teaches you about honesty and integrity about the game. It helps you to become a better person and you build up a lot of good characteristics.

Rachel Kyono

Acting is all about truth and honesty, and the sensitivity that's capable of transporting you.

Thomas Kretschmann

Honesty is probably the sexiest thing a man can give to a woman.

Debra Messing

For nowaday deference gets you friends, honesty gets you hated.


Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.

Judith Martin

The governor and myself are concerned about honesty and integrity in government and we will do everything within my power to make sure that that is achieved.

Dave Neil

Everyone knows his honesty and his war record and they trust him.

Dan Tate

Honesty buys you nothing at all in this school.

Colin Quinn

The whole idea of my music now is honesty and really being who I am. It's not really something I decide, and it's not something that you learn.

Jim Brickman

The overall system is almost incompatible with honesty.

James Mcgregor

He came out and said he's not a good recruiter, but his best quality is honesty, that he would never lie to his players.

Darren Rogers

In all honesty, I don't have any regrets about the game. Especially, when the boys didn't give up. They were fighting right until the end. This was a great high school basketball game.

Doug Nofziger

I never thought I'd be in this position. I hold myself to a high standard of integrity and honesty.

Mark Swartz

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


The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

Groucho Marx

Whether you agree or disagree with him, the president has taken a pounding on perceptions of his honesty.

Karlyn Bowman

Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.

George Saunders

Honesty. It's such a lonely word.

Billy Joel

It's a gentleman's game based on honesty. Still, we require that someone see the golfer hit the shot.

James Bowen

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 Franklin

The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.

Scott Hamilton

Nobody ever questioned your honesty. I have never thought of you as less than an honest person.

Gene Cisewski

He is a man of great personal power, honor and honesty. I saw in him a really good man who would make a great president.

Dennis Haysbert

And so much honesty. People go to school for years and years to get that kind of honesty.

Callie Thorne

Everything, on one level or another, gets covered. You never lose the honesty of the storytelling.

John Doyle

Honesty for me works.

Deepa Mehta

Concentration is my motto - first honesty, then industry, then concentration.

Andrew Carnegie

Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.

Laura Riding

Our owners don't want us to lose the honesty of our brand, how we do business without haggling. But they do want a different more dramatic look and feel.

Jill Lajdziak

The true measure of life is not length, but honesty.

John Lyly

Kentucky lost one of its finest citizens. Fred was the epitome of honesty, decency, basic goodness and plain old common sense.

Gov. Brereton Jones

One of his consistent traits, both critics and admirers would say, is that his honesty and integrity were second to none.

Patrick Cox

In all honesty I hope they're in because if they're not we're probably not. They've beaten us two out of three times so they deserve to go, even though both of them were on their home floor. They deserve to go as much as we deserve to go.

Randy Lambert

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.

Noel Coward

And, in all honesty, the Beatles were fascinated by the journalists' immaturity.

Larry Kane

In all honesty, I should not have been so blind to this, this so-called holiday.

Michael Czugaj