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Quotations about honesty

Charles DickensTo 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

Bernard BaruchBe who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

 - Bernard Baruch

Laura Ingalls WilderThe way we live and your schools are much different now, so many changes have made living and learning easier. But the real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.

 - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Banana YpshimotoI never tell my boyfriend that I'm busy when I'm not. No matter how effective they are, cheap techniques like that just don't agree with me. So it's always okay, it's always all right. In my opinion the surest way to hook a man is to be as open with him as possible.

 - Banana Yoshimoto

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.

 - Ernest Hemingway

Richard FeynmanOrdinary fools are alright; you can talk to them and try to help them out. But pompous fools -- guys who are fools and covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus – THAT, I CANNOT STAND! An ordinary fool isn't a faker; an honest fool is alright. But a dishonest fool is terrible!

 - Richard Feynman

Henry Brooks AdamsNo one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

 - Henry Brooks Adams

Ayn RandPeople think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I've learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one's reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one's master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person's view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world's slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.

 - Ayn Rand

It was a false maxim of Domitian that he who would gain the people of Rome must promise all things and perform nothing. For when a man is known to be false in his word, instead of a column, which he might be by keeping it, for others to rest upon, he becomes a reed, which no man will vouchsafe to lean upon. Like a floating island, when we come next day to seek it, it is carried from the place we left it in, and, instead of earth to build upon, we find nothing but inconstant and deceiving waves.

 - Owen Feltham

For this is my maxim. I hold that the party receiving an obligation should ever remember it, the party conferring should forget it immediately, if the one is to act with honesty, the other without meanness. To remind and speak of your own bounties is next door to reproaching.

 - Demosthenes

Louis KronenbergerMost people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety. They want answers that are, in effect, escapes.

 - Louis Kronenberger

Groucho MarxThere is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "yes," you know he is crooked.

 - Groucho Marx

Jane AustenBe honest and poor, by all means -- but I shall not envy you; I do not much think I shall even respect you. I have a much greater respect for those that are honest and rich.

 - Jane Austen

Randy PauschHow do you get people to help you? You can't get there alone. People have to help you and I do believe in karma. I believe in paybacks. You get people to help you by telling the truth. Being earnest. I'll take an earnest person over a hip person every day, because hip is short term. Earnest is long term. Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself.

 - Randy Pausch