Honesty, It's Not Just A Word

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Honesty Quotes and Sayings

  • A half truth is a whole lie. - Yiddish Proverb
  • Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson
  • Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child. - Mary MacCracken
  • Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread. - Josh Billings
  • Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented. - George Braque
  • No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. - Abraham Lincoln
  • The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale. - Authur C. Clarke
  • Of all feats of skill, the most difficult is that of being honest. - Comtesse Diane
  • If falsehood, like truth, had but one face, we would be more on equal terms. For we would consider the contrary of what the liar said to be certain. But the opposite of truth has a hundred thousand faces and an infinite field. - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
  • No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. - Frank McKinney Hubbard
  • Being entirely honest with oneself is good exercise. - Sigmund Freud
  • Men are disposed to live honestly, if the means of doing so are open to them. - Thomas Jefferson
  • 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
  • Truth fears no questions. - Unknown
  • 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. - George Washington
  • Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Tips to help you be more honest

  • accept responsibility for your actions, don't blame others.
  • Think before you give a dishonest answer.
  • Be careful of how and when you exaggerated.
  • Do not indulge in little white lies.
  • Be honest about your feelings
  • Make a commitment to be honest.
  • Don't twist the truth or leave something out.
  • Think of others.
  • When you know about a lie and don't let someone know the lie will continue to live.
  • Think before you use sarcasm or irony.
  • Face issues as they arise.
  • Think before you try to give an explanation or reason for behavior
  • Admit when you have made a mistake.
  • Ask yourself silently what the best way to answer is.
  • When you catch yourself telling a lie, stop, and then tell the truth.
  • If you are thinking about lying, think of the consequences.
  • Reward yourself for sticking to the truth especially when it was hard.


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Reasons to be honest

  • Telling the truth the first time will usually keep you from getting into as much trouble as you would if you start out with a lie.
  • People will trust you more if you are known for telling the truth.
  • You won't have to keep telling lies to keep your story straight.
  • You won't have to remember what you said. If you tell the truth all you have to remember is what happened.
  • Telling the truth lets everyone know what actually happened. It keeps misunderstandings, confusion and conflict at a minimum.
  • You gain the reputation for being a truthful person - this is a very good thing.
  • Telling the truth keeps innocent people from being blamed or punished.
  • If you have the reputation for lying you may not believed someday when you need help.
  • Telling the truth makes you feel secure and peaceful within yourself.


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Dishonesty Quotes and Sayings

  • Every act of dishonesty has at least two victims: the one we think of as the victim, and the perpetrator as well. Each little dishonesty makes another little rotten spot somewhere in the perpetrator's psyche. - Lesley Conger
  • What is dishonestly got is dishonestly squandered. - Cicero
  • Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night. - Robert C. Edwards
  • Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. - Luke 16:10
  • The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty. - Abu Bakr
  • Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, if it were able. -George Bancroft
  • False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. - Socretes
  • Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. - Proverbs 19:11


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Awesome tips and quotes. I savor these. Great words to live by. There's one more to capture.

Speak the truth in love. It may not always be easy, but truth spoken in love doesn't hurt a person. It is meant to help & support them.

Thanks for sharing these.


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duffsmom 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Very enjoyable read.


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ShyeAnne 5 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

Honesty rocks. Good article. Thank you for sharing.

Make it a great day!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

What a beautiful saying FaithDream. Thank you for sharing it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

duffsmom, I glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

ShyAnne, I agree Honesty Rocks! Unfortunately it seems that less and less people believe that.

Everyday is a good day if you let it be. :)


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi,

A great hub with some great gems.

I vote up all the way.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Eiddwen. I appreciate the comment and rating.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Enjoyed the article, thanks for sharing it. I look forward to reading your other hubs.

Best Wishes,

- Kamalesh


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dearabbysmom 5 years ago from Indiana

You are so right...establishing a policy of personal honesty makes life easier all the way around. It's true that you then don't have to remember what you said, you just say what happened! Many gems here, thank you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

I'm glad you enjoyed it Kamalesh050. Thanks you for the kind words.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

dearabbysmom, I have to be honest. I would never remember what I said, the memory seems to be failing. :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Excellent hub about honesty and I really enjoyed all the quotes. Life does seem to run a lot smoother if we tell the truth all the time. Rated up.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Isn't that the truth Pameloa. You don't have to work so hard to remember every little thing you've said and you feel better about yourself.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

kkg,

"when a man lies he murders some part of the world, These are the pale deaths which men misscall our lives..."

Hettfield, J


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I love the quote by Walter Anderson, great tips and honesty always pays off! voted up.


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JAILTALK 5 years ago from Oregon

Neat hub.....I love quotes and thought you might like a couple of these.

On someone's business card-Cowboy Poetry-Honest Lies Told

Don't Let the truth get in the way of a good story.-Fisherman.

(Though these aren't representations of Honest). Maybe in next hub!

I am the most honest person you will ever meet, my problem is my memory fails me so I have to admit,....some times I have to tell people,I can't remember for fear of not getting all of the details right. But if I do tell you a story, you can bet it happened that way!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

tom, not only some part of the world but some part of himself. Great quote.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Movie Master, I think he is right, the first risk we need to take is to be honest with ourselves. It can be incredibly hard to be honest with yourself for some people. Thanks for the rating.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

JAILTALK, great quotes. The second one just goes to prove what I say. You have to have a tremendous memory to remember all that you have said, especially if it's not exactly true.

I do like the Fisherman quote - it sounds so like a fisherman.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Most important is to be honest with ourselves.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

I agree dahoglund. Thanks for the comment.


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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

Great hub, this was a wonderful write.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks pinkchic. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Well done! Love posts like this, especially when they generate great comments.

Would like to link this hub to my truth quotes hub. Please let me know if you have any objection. Thanks.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

RTalloni, I have no objections. In fact, I appreciate you wanting to link. Thanks you.


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bernieadkins 5 years ago from Virginia

I especially like the first one - a half truth is a whole lie.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

bernieadkins, I think people think that a half a lie is not as bad. Whoops - wrong.


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia

A great collection of quotes on this subject, and good tips too!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks stricktlydating. Thanks for reading.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Love this hub! My mother raised me to be honest. And when a "white lie" is needed, she taught me to think about something I could say that would be truthful and not hurtful. Honesty shows the character of a person. My husband is one of the honest people I have ever known personally. Sometimes, he is too honest. Great reminder! :-)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub and I got a lot of motivation from "honesty tips and quotes". You have done a great job in helping more people with this hub. Rated up!

Prasetio:)


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

wonderful hub. a lot of good info and advice. and yes, there is such a thing as being too honest. After causing some hurt feelings, i quickly learned that too much honesty is almost as bad as telling a little lie. Although those little white lies, are not as painful as some of my honesty has been. LOL


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Jo, Honesty is one of the most important values you can teach a person. There seems to be a woeful lack of it recently. Your mother is a wise woman. Lucky ou, you have found an honest mate.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

how true d.william, unfortunately sometimes being too honest can hurt someones feelings. I think the other person isn't always ready to hear the truth. And too, sometimes we have to buffer what we say, make it a little more palatable.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

This hub for me was Church... LOL... Great tips and food for thought. I voted up straight across the board. I do. I love your hubs.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

J. B. Honesty is the first thing I taught my girls. Without it you can't learn the rest. Thank you for you ratings.


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KateWest 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Wish more people had similar beliefs.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

A great hub - oh how I hate people who lie! Why do they do it? They always get caught in the end! I love Abraham Lincoln's quote - 'No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.' Oh so true!!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

So do I Kate West. Thanks for reading.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

acaetnna, I agree with old Honest Abe. I don't think there is a person in the world that has a good enough memory to get away with lying indefinately.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Love it! I must come back and read this again! Voted Awesome!!!


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

"The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale." hahaha I like this one the best! So true. Sometimes it's easier for many people to be honest to others than to themselves.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

drpastorcarlotta, I love that you love it. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Om, you are absolutely right. Some of us spend a lot of wasted time being dishonest with ourselves. :)


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia

Love your quotes on this subject, as well as your tips!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

strictly dating, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I love doing the quotes hubs.


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d.william 11 months ago from Somewhere in the south

What a great hub. Everything is so true. I have always been "honest to a fault". When i was supervisor i never hesitated to give compliments where they were due, on the other side of that coin i never sugar coated a criticism either. The funniest thing i have heard is when politicians actually say: "don't confuse me with the facts". If you have watched any of the current presidential campaigning you will see this attitude by the majority of them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 11 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

d.william isn't that the truth.

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