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  When swindlers meet a genuinely honest man, they're so astonished they regard him as a greater swindler than themselves.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  No one has yet found any substitute for honesty.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  A liar's punishment: Even he tells the truth, people don't believe him.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  When a bribe enters through the front door, honesty departs through the window.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  Honesty lasts longest.  
 -  German proverb
  

  Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.  
 -  Aesop
  

  Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence.  
 -  Andre Maurois
  

  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
  

  The man who lies to the world, is the world's slave from then on.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  Sincerity resembles a spice. Too much repels you and too little leaves you wanting.  
 -  Bill Copeland
  

  Honest hearts produce honest actions.  
 -  Brigham Young
  

  A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.  
 -  Chanakya
  

  To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.  
 -  Charles Dickens
  

  If you're really truthful with yourself, it's a wonderful guidance.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  What is dignity without honesty?  
 -  Cicero
  

  You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Even if others lie to you, it is okay. They are lying to you because they are afraid. They are afraid you will discover that they are not perfect. It is painful to take that social mask off. If others say one thing, but do another, you are lying to yourself if you don't listen to their actions.  
 -  Don Miguel Ruiz
  

  Honesty means nothing until you are tested under circumstances where you are sure you could get away with dishonesty.  
 -  Dorothy Parker
  

  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
  

  A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.  
 -  Elizabeth I
  

  Honest people don't hide their deeds.  
 -  Emily Bronte
  

  Self-mastery depends on self-honesty.  
 -  Epictetus
  

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

  Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.   
 -  Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
  

  The truth is more important than the facts.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

  A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying - to others and to yourself.  
 -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  

  Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.  
 -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  

  Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.  
 -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  

  If you matter, be honest with yourself. If your relationship matters, be honest with your partner. We have never seen dishonesty lead to happiness and intimacy.  
 -  Gay Hendricks
  

  I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.  
 -  George R. R. Martin
  

  A man that should call every thing by its right name, would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy.  
 -  George Savile
  

  It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.  
 -  George Washington
  

  Honesty is stronger medicine than sympathy, which may console but often conceals.  
 -  Gretel Ehrlich
  

  The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.  
 -  Harper Lee
  

  I can always get along with an honest man.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.  
 -  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  

  The false man is more false to himself than to any one else. He may despoil others, but himself is the chief loser. The world's scorn he might sometimes forget, but the knowledge of his own perfidy is undying.  
 -  Horace Mann
  

  If you matter, be honest with yourself. If your relationship matters, be honest with your partner. We have never seen dishonesty lead to happiness and intimacy.  
 -  Gay Hendricks
  

  I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.  
 -  George R. R. Martin
  

  A man that should call every thing by its right name, would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy.  
 -  George Savile
  

  It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.  
 -  George Washington
  

  Honesty is stronger medicine than sympathy, which may console but often conceals.  
 -  Gretel Ehrlich
  

  The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.  
 -  Harper Lee
  

  I can always get along with an honest man.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.  
 -  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  

  The false man is more false to himself than to any one else. He may despoil others, but himself is the chief loser. The world's scorn he might sometimes forget, but the knowledge of his own perfidy is undying.  
 -  Horace Mann
  

  Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.  
 -  James E. Faust
  

  An honest man nearly always thinks justly.  
 -  Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  

  To believe all men honest is folly. To believe none is something worse.  
 -  John Adams
  

  The genius of communication is the ability to be both totally honest and totally kind at the same time.  
 -  John Powell
  

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

  Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?  
 -  John Steinbeck
  

  When people tell you how honest they are, keep your hand on your wallet.  
 -  Larry Winget
  

  The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies.  
 -  Laurell K. Hamilton
  

  Anything is better than lies and deceit!  
 -  Leo Tolstoy
  

  To lie is so vile, that even if it were in speaking well of godly things it would take off something from God's grace; and Truth is so excellent, that if it praises but small things they become noble.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Those people who agree with me in believing in lying in bed as one of the greatest pleasures of life are the honest men.  
 -  Lin Yutang
  

  Ultimately a deceiver only deceives himself.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

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

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

  There's one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he's crooked.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Sincerity is the way of the heaven.  
 -  Mencius
  

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

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

  Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.  
 -  Mother Teresa
  

  As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

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

  Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Never separate the life you lead from the words you speak.  
 -  Paul Wellstone
  

  Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.  
 -  Peggy Noonan
  

  There are honest people in the world, but only because the devil considers their asking prices ridiculous.  
 -  Peter S. Beagle
  

  You should not honor men more than truth.  
 -  Plato
  

  The man who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as honesty. Possibly more.  
 -  Richard J. Needham
  

  Every man who expresses an honest thought is a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty.  
 -  Robert G. Ingersoll
  

  An honest heart possesses a kingdom.  
 -  Seneca
  

  Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.  
 -  Sigmund Freud
  

  I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.  
 -  Sir Walter Besant
  

  If you can't be honest with your friends and colleagues and loved ones, then what is life all about?  
 -  Sophie Kinsella
  

  Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.  
 -  Spencer Johnson
  

  Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  Honest men fear neither the light nor the dark.  
 -  Thomas Fuller
  

  Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  An honest enemy is always better than a friend who lies. Pay less attention to what people say and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth!  
 -  Unknown
  

  Honesty is the best policy. Unless, of course, you're posting a Facebook Profile picture.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Honesty, loyalty, safety and security; that's all a girl really wants.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Honesty is a very expensive gift; don't expect it from cheap people.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Telling the truth is the right way to act. Living with lies is harder than living a truthful life. Being truthful and honest is important.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Respect is earned, Honesty is appreciated, Love is gained and Loyalty is returned.  
 -  Unknown
  

  If you can't be honest with me, at least be honest with yourself.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Lets be honest, whenever you get a new phone; you treat it like a new born baby.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Words alone don't make a relationship of any kind, put actions of trust, honesty, kindness, empathy, and strength behind them and it will last a longtime.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Without honesty, loyalty and commitment, saying you love someone, simply means nothing.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I would rather be known in life as a honest sinner than as a lying hypocrite.  
 -  Unknown
  

  In a relationship, honesty and trust must exist. If they dont, theres no point of loving. So if you cant afford to be honest, stay single.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Without respect, love is lost. Without caring, love is boring. Without honesty, love is unhappy. Without trust, love is unstable.  
 -  Unknown
  

  To be honest, I feel like shit when you ignore me.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Never underestimate a girl's ability to find things out. It is always better to be honest because whatever you did, she will find out sooner or later. Trust me.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I wish people would be honest and say, 'Hey I'm coming into your life but I've no intentions of staying, so don't get attached.'  
 -  Unknown
  

  If you can't be straight up and honest with me, then don't be anything with me...  
 -  Unknown
  

  The best relationship is composed of an understanding girlfriend together with a loyal and honest boyfriend.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I just want an honest relationship. No lies. No mind games. No cheating.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Lying can never save us from another lie.  
 -  Vaclav Havel
  

  You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.  
 -  Virginia Woolf
  

  Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.  
 -  Walter Scott
  

  No legacy is so rich as honesty.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  

  Each time we don't say what we wanna say, we're dying.  
 -  Yoko Ono