Why Honesty Is Best Policy Quotes

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What is Honesty? And why is honesty the best policy? We will find the answers from these quotes.

Here is Merrian-Webster’s definition of Honesty, it is defined  “As fairness and straightforwardness of conduct or adherence to the facts. We have to understand through these quotes why Honesty has to be the best policy to uphold in all our human relationships.

Also, the Oxford English Dictionary defines Honesty as “The quality of being honest”, the quality of being honest. Honest is, in turn, defined as “Free of deceit, truthful and sincere. Morally correct or virtuous…

It is equally important for us to examine ourselves, and ask, how honest are we to ourselves and to others? As entrepreneurs, leaders, of various fields, do we really make honesty our best policy, the foundation of our operations? What of in our personal lives?

I sincerely, admire people who are honest. People who are real, genuine, and authentic. If you have dealt with some dishonest people, and fall victim to their schemes,  you will realize why it is very important to deal with men of character and conscience.

Dishonesty is the synonym of honesty right? And we say that a person is dishonest when the person is partly feigned, fake, forged, and fictitious. In this article, I will keep it as simple and straightforward as it can be. Because the word is starving and hurting because of dishonest human beings, in both positions of authority and at every level.

We are living at a time when you no longer take anything at its face value. At a time, you find it very hard to believe who is telling the truth or lying to you with a straight face. We are living at a time when it seems as if wicked, and dishonest people are manufactured and supplied to the society to corrupt the system than ever before. I say than ever before, considering the effect of our technological advancements with its merits and demerits.

Let me use this post to draw our minds back to what honesty means, and why we need it seriously. As a result, I have carefully selected some valuable quotes to remind and challenge us of why we must practice honesty. So let us explore the valuable quotes carefully and thoughtfully selected:

Thomas Jefferson, said this about Honesty, “Honesty is the first chapter in the of wisdom.”

William Shakespeare at his era, said this about Honesty, “Honesty is the best policy, which means, if you keep your honesty and I keep mine we are whole, safe and in for success.

Shakespeare also stated that “No legacy is so rich as honesty.”  And that’s why people of faith should be ambassadors of truth, honesty, integrity, no matter how others normalize bad acts. Let us shine the light in the midst of darkness.

 Be Honest with What You Make People Believe

Khaled Hosseini, once said that, “When you tell a lie, that you’ve stolen ones right to the truth.”

Talulah Riley beautifully put the concept of honesty this way, “ I believe in honest and integrity, having a belief system that you’ve thought through and then stick to. I believe in being creative and contributing, and I believe in taking a stand against injustice that you encounter in everyday life and not being idle in that respect.” I hope that speaks to your mind!

Niko Kovac, has this to say, “Empathy is important, openness, honesty and an understanding for others.”

Abu Bakar, has this to say about Honesty, “The great truth is honesty and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.”

Tabatha Coffee, had this to say, “We have to stand up for what we believe in, even when we might not be popular for it. Honesty starts with being ourselves, authentic and true to who we are and what we believe in, and that may not always be popular, but it will always let you follow your dreams and your heart.”

The Trend Today Is Attack on Decency

Raja K. told us that, “When the norm is decency, other virtues can thrive: integrity, honesty, compassion, kindness, and trust.”

John Quincy Adams, in hhttp://www.greatexpectations.org/resources/life-principles/honesty/quotes-on-honesty/is time, said this about honesty, “All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.”

Mother Teresa, during her time, says this about Honesty, “Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.”

And Zig Ziglar stated this, :The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty.”

James E. Faust, has this to say about Honesty, “Honesty is more that not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”

Julie Zeilinger, said that “Leadership is intelligence, honesty, and doing the right thing.”

The Need for Honesty Is at Alarming Rate Now

Ben Carson, the great surgeon said that, “People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense.”

Imam Ali RA said this, “Be honest, for God is the helper of honest people. Avoid telling lies since it will ruin your faith. Know that honest people are on the verge of nobility and honor, while liars are on the verge of collapse and destruction.”

“Be a reflection of what you’d like to see in others. If you want love, give love, if you want honesty, give honesty, if you want respect, give respect. You get in return what you give.”  Anonymous

ATGW has this to say, “Be honest with yourself and never settle for a life that is not true to who you are.”

Never Be Afraid to Be Honest and to Stand for What Is True

William Faulkner said that “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.”

Nelson Mandela, a role model of leadership and justice, said that “As I have said, the first is, Honesty Always Pays, At Last, to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

George Washington had this to say to America and to the world, “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

Naval Ravikant said this, “I want to be able to just be me. I never want to be in an environment or around people where I have to watch what I say.”  And he also, said that “Anyone around whom I can’t be fully honest, I don’t want to be around.” Today, what do we do, see, and feel?

Ronald Reagan, American Favorite president said this, “There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build you on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.”

Bertrand Russell said that “If we were all given by magic the power to read each other’s thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships.”

Mahat Mathagandi said that “To believe in something and not to live it, is dishonest.”

2 thoughts on “Why Honesty Is Best Policy Quotes”

  1. This has been a wonderful read. Honesty is the foundation for trust. In my way of viewing things, honesty leads to a fulfilling, free life. Honesty is not just about telling the truth. It’s about being real with yourself and others about who you are, what you want and what you need to live your most authentic life.

    1. Hi Ann, I’m glad that you stopped by; and thanks for your valuable comment. You stated it very well, by saying that “Honesty is not just about telling the truth, but it is equally about being real to yourself and others about who you are. Many people don’t realize that self-deceit is the worst deceit. Being real and honest, helps you to be free to live your life with contentment and freedom. A lot to learn from those quotes. 

      Hope you check back next week.

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