Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
A half truth is a whole lie.
When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.
-Bill CopelandWe tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.
There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.
Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie.
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
-Booker T. Washington
Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree, because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch, or you might simply get covered in sap, and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors, where it is harder to get a splinter.
When I tell any truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
Look a man in the eye and say what you really think, don't just smile at him and say what you're supposed to think.
Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
-Henry David Thoreau
To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
-George Bernard Shaw
If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
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