Top Honesty Quotes

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1. "Honesty is not always the bestpolicy when it hurts theperson you care about themost and pushes them away."
Author: Alison G. Bailey
2. "Then in the interest of full honesty, I really wish you'd kiss me right now."
Author: Ann Aguirre
3. "When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed."
Author: Ayn Rand
4. "Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one's consciousness can permit the faking of existence."
Author: Ayn Rand
5. "The book was blunt and had an honesty about it, whereas the movie was just a beautiful lie."
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
6. "The novels I love, the ones I remember, the ones I re-read, have an empathetic human quality, or 'emotional truth'. This quality is difficult to fully define, but I always recognise it when I see it: it is different from honesty and more resilient than fact, something that exists not in the kind of fiction that explains but in the kind that shows."
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. "My honesty tumbled forward, breathless: "I like the idea of people seeing you like this with me." "Yeah?" "I don't know that I wanted this before I met you." He fell over me, heavy and warm. "I'd give you anything you wanted. I love how you transform when I'm fucking you and watching. When I'm taking pictures, you lose your mysterious little shield and open up, like your finally breathing."
Author: Christina Lauren
8. "Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?"
Author: Cicero
9. "Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty is always the best policy. It is not."
Author: Dean Inge
10. "Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions."
Author: Dean Koontz
11. "No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful."
Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
12. "...and there is such honesty and innocence to her voice I want to hold her. The bedside lamplight is a rich golden color, and it is falling on her face in a way that makes it seem gilded. For a moment, L.D. looks to me like an angel. Another case of illusion only being the larger truth."
Author: Elizabeth Berg
13. "Trust is the foundation for a strong and successful relationship. If the foundation is weak, the relationship will experience dishonesty, failed promises and can lead to self- destruction, whereas a strong foundation for a successful relationship is based on trust. All promises are made with efforts to keep them."
Author: Ellen J. Barrier
14. "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."
Author: Federica Montseny
15. "There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness."
Author: Frank Ocean
16. "People want to work with somebody who feels shame, who worries about the perceptions of others. Dishonesty is something we don't like in others."
Author: Frans De Waal
17. "Honestly, every person, every individual has a process, and my philosophy, whether it's an actor or an animator, is you try to understand the process that person has so you can get the most out of them, but I think you have to sort of manipulate that process with honesty."
Author: Gore Verbinski
18. "In the midst of a turbulent, often chaotic, life we are called to reach out, with courageous honesty to our innermost self, with relentless care to our fellow human beings, and with increasing prayer to our God."
Author: Henri J.M. Nouwen
19. "Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time."
Author: Horace Mann
20. "There is emotion in the hug, and there is respect and a form of love. Emotion that comes from honesty, respect that comes from challenge, and the form of love that exists between people whose minds have touched, whose hearts have touched, whose souls have touched. Our minds touched. Our hearts touched. Our souls touched.We separate."
Author: James Frey
21. "Honesty is always good, except when it's better to lie."
Author: James Patterson
22. "He that loseth his honesty hath nothing else to lose."
Author: John Lyly
23. "The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomiants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. (Cannery Row)"
Author: John Steinbeck
24. "The Paradoxical CommandmentsPeople are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.Love them anyway.If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.Do good anyway.If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.Succeed anyway.The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.Do good anyway.Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.Be honest and frank anyway.The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.Think big anyway.People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.Fight for a few underdogs anyway.What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.Build anyway.People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.Help people anyway.Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.Give the world the best you have anyway."
Author: Kent M. Keith
25. "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."
Author: Lauren Kate
26. "Regardless of the moral issue, dishonesty in advertising has proved very unprofitable."
Author: Leo Burnett
27. "The acquisition by dishonest means and cunning,' said Levin, feeling that he was incapable of clearly defining the borderline between honesty and dishonesty. 'Like the profits made by banks,' he went on. 'This is evil, I mean, the acquisition of enormous fortunes without work, as it used to be with the spirit monopolists. Only the form has changed. Le roi est mort, vive le roi! Hardly were the monopolies abolished before railways and banks appeared: just another way of making money without work."
Author: Leo Tolstoy
28. "But I respected his instincts as a killer and I liked the honesty of the man. And who was I to judge? I'd F'ed a necromancer and killed a Pope within the space of a week" Jorg/Mark Lawrence"
Author: Mark Lawrence
29. "Every writer on this planet THINKS he is a great writer (why waste your entire life writing when you believe you are mediocre?) but its deemed socially unacceptable to actually speak out such thoughts. So, modesty is always a public concept and not an inner one. For that reason alone 'modesty' can actually be said to be the product of a large ego, for the ego is primarily concerned with survival and society rewards this dishonesty and tends to punish honesty (see Camus)"
Author: Martinus Hendrikus Benders
30. "When hiding ourselves behind religiosity becomes the order of the day, grace is left by the wayside; without being honest about our own sin, we will never show compassion toward others. If we are to adorn ourselves with anything, it should be with compassion and honesty—the foundations of connecting to our community."
Author: Matt Litton
31. "Birds don't need bridges to cross precipices and honourable men with honesty wings to cross precipices of slander."
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
32. "Anything well written with good language and clarity and honesty is worth doing. It comes out of the same tradition as Shakespeare."
Author: Michael Moriarty
33. "Tyrants are willing to commit to anything…including mass murder to maintain their domination over every human being alive. They abuse the lives of the people they are entrusted with by the perverse dictates that they, themselves, would never live by. And they feel justified in this by their own self-righteous elite morality, which sets them high above everyone else in their own minds.You and I, however, are made of quite different stuff. Our words are filled with our true beliefs and backed by the honesty of our actions. We take great pride in not only who we are…but overcoming the struggle it took to make us this way. We are men and women of character…principles…and courage!"
Author: R.G. Risch
34. "Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully."
Author: Richard Bach
35. "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."
Author: Robert E. Lee
36. "So everything lets us down, including curiosity and honesty and what we love best. Yes, said the voice, but cheer up, it's fun in the end."
Author: Roberto Bolaño
37. "My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons."
Author: Roger Moore
38. "We can use doubt to self analyze. A measure of doubt can help us to attain self-honesty. But, like too much water, too much doubt will also destroy us."
Author: Ruben Papian
39. "Honesty has always been an integral part of my operation, really."
Author: Russell Brand
40. "I had often wondered how to best decolonize my people... It must be done one human being at a time. Without that kind of help, Western society does not allow people to come to terms with their feelings. With honesty and therapy, my people can be made whole again."
Author: Russell Means
41. "She turned to Frizz. "So you understand the problem? You can't let Tally know about Radical Honesty. There's no telling what she'll do if she finds out you could ruin her plans." Frizz's eyebrows rose. "So let me get this straight, Aya-chan. You want me, a person who can't lie, to lie about the fact that I can't lie?""We need another plan," Hiro said."
Author: Scott Westerfeld
42. "Honesty is a heart that betrays itself for a dream, a moment, a kiss."
Author: Shannon L. Alder
43. "I'm very unpredictable. Very, very impulsive. Extremely. Absolutely! Sometimes I don't know what I want to do from one day to the next. I can't enjoy anything premeditated; I just do it as I feel it. But whatever I do is motivated by honesty."
Author: Sharon Tate
44. "Life demands honesty, the ability to face, admit, and express oneself."
Author: Starhawk
45. "THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA(1929) the 'honesty' of documentary as compared with fiction film, the 'perfection' of the cinematic eye compared with human eye."
Author: Steven Jay Schneider
46. "Honor is honesty to what is, not blind duty to what you wish to be."
Author: Terry Goodkind
47. "Truth is female, since truth is beauty rather than handsomeness; this, Ridcully reflected as the council grumbled in, would certainly explain the saying that a lie could run around the world before Truth has got its, correction, her boots on, since she would have to choose which pair - the idea that any woman in a position to choose would have just one pair of boots being beyond rational belief.Indeed, as a goddess she would have lots of shoes, and thus many choices: comfy shoes for home truths, hobnail boots for unpleasant truths, simple clogs for universal truths and possibly some kind of slipper for self-evident truth.More important right now was what kind of truth he was going to have to impart to his colleagues, and he decided not on the whole truth, but instead on nothing but the truth, which dispensed with the need for honesty."
Author: Terry Pratchett
48. "Hard to trust honesty of inconsistent person."
Author: Toba Beta
49. "Honesty is very sexy."
Author: Valerie Bertinelli
50. "Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life … all areas of life."
Author: Zig Ziglar

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