Quotes about Honesty

HONESTY is being forthright so that people believe in my word and rely on my promises.  I tell the whole truth.

“A liar will not be believed even when he speaks the truth.”

-Aesop, philosopher & storyteller

“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, author

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

-Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”

-Sir Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.”

-William (Bill) Copeland, Australian Test cricket match umpire

“Words once spoken can never be recalled.”

-Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon, poet

“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

-Albert Einstein, physicist

“The biggest consequence to telling a lie is, it leads you to telling another one.”

-Gary King, motivational speaker

“If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.”

-Bruce Lee, martial artist & actor

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all the people all the time.”

-Abraham Lincoln, Former President of the United States

“In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

-George Orwell, author

“With lies you may get ahead in the world — but you can never go back.”

-Russian proverb

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

-William Shakespeare, playwright


“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.”

-Sophocles, philosopher

“Always tell the truth.  That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.”

-Mark Twain, Writer

“A half truth is a whole lie.”

-Yiddish proverb