We All Need Integrity

Quotes and Sayings

  • Integrity is the essence of everything successful. - Buckminster Fuller
  • A life lived with integrity - even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come. - Denis Waitley
  • Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do. - Don Galer
  • If everyone were clothed in integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless. - Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin)
  • Integrity can be difficult to maintain in a word that demands you change with the wind. - Byron Pulsifer
  • Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but you you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing. - Henry Kravis
  • If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow what we had done. - John Lubbock
  • Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. - W. Clement Stone
  • With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. - Keshavan Nair
  • Integrity is keeping a commitment even after circumstances have changed. - David Jeremiah
  • Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not. - Oprah Winfrey
  • Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will. - Olive Cromwell
  • What lies behind of us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. - Confucius
  • Try to find the path of lest resistance and use it without harming others.Live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings. - Steven Seagal
  • If you want to take the meaning of the word integrity and reduce it to it's simplest terms, you'd conclude that a man of integrity is a promise keeper. When he gives you his word you can take it to the bank. His word is good. - Bill McCartney
  • If you are not living in joy, you are out of integrity with your soul. - Michael Beckwith
  • There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics. - Mahatma Gandhi
  • The only reason should be a burden to you is if you enjoy being dishonest. - Sam Storms
  • There is no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. - Samuel Johnson
  • Integrity: A name is the blueprint of the thing we call character. You ask, What's in a name? I answer, Just about everything you do. - Morris Mandel
  • One of the truest test of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised. - Chinua Achebe
  • Your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you're going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time, and it is built from the history of your words and actions. - Maria Razumich-Zec
  • Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing, either you have it or you don't. - Pete Scotese
  • Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. - W. Clement Stone
  • Strive for integrity - that means knowing your values in life and behaving in a way that is consistent with these values. - Unknown
  • Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be. - George Santayana



What is Integrity?

Integrity is the most important of all the core values. It is a combination of many values. Integrity is the foundation of a good character. Integrity is being honest with yourself. Doing what you say you are going to do and believing in what you say you believe in. Being honest when you'd rather not. Respecting yourself and others and showing compassion to all beings. Doing what's right rather than doing what easy. Integrity is many things to many people.


Key traits of integrity:

  • honesty
  • self respect
  • reliability
  • character
  • morality
  • compassion
  • courage
  • respect


Developing Integrity:

  • list the values most important to you
  • study people known to have integrity
  • accept responsibitity for your mistakes
  • honor commitments
  • be consistent
  • keep promises
  • be truthful
  • forgive others mistakes



Integrity Quotes From Hubbers

I recently stated a forum about integrity. The question was: What does integrity mean to you? I just had to share the comments, they were so great. Our hubbers have heaps of integrity.

  • To adhere to a set of morals, or principles, in a complete and undivided way. Regardless of the opinions of those around you, and without compromise to get along, or get ahead. - TMMason

  • Being forthright and honest, always doing what is right in the eyes of God and your own conscience. - Cardista
  • For me it is an internal journey where I am integrated as a person and there is no conflict with my internal belief system and my actions. - sofs
  • Being true to yourself and your own beliefs. - Jonathan Janco
  • I've always taken integrity to mean congruency between words and actions. - Greg Sage
  • Integrity is something nobody can take from you. Yet it is a choice to be a person of integrity. Having integrity means you can hold your head up and stand tall no matter what. - Theresa Kennedy
  • Honesty and the courage to stand up for what is right, no matter what. - mega1

  • Being true to yourself and your own beliefs. - Uninvited Writer
  • Integrity is doing the right thing whether or not anyone is watching you. - Carolyn2008
  • Anyway, to me it's being trustworthy, "solidly of good character", honest, and always trying to do what one thinks is the right thing to do (in terms of having "good character"). - Lisa HW

Lisa HW had a longer comment and all of it was terrific. I wish I could include it all.

Thank you all for your wonderful descriptions of what integrity means to you.


Sources


I used several different websites to compile the quotes and sayings in this hub. Including but not limited to:

houseofquotes.com

worldofquotes.com

joyofquotes.com

great-quotes.com

motivational-inspirational-corner.com



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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I fear for the integrity of the government now.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

awesome well done and stumbled for good measure.


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northweststarr 5 years ago from Washington State

Voted up. Integrity is not valued as much as it should be. Clerks get annoyed with you when you try to give back the extra change they give you now! People are shocked when you hand them money they dropped. I'm only 28 and I know how much things have changed just in my lifetime. Most people won't go out of their way for anyone else, much less give them a hand. It's too bad our society rewards iniquity instead of integrity. We need more ying in our yang.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

dahoglund, I know what you mean. It's nice to hear from you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Rebecca E. Thanks for the rating and stumble.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

northweststarr, how true. It's sad how people in general have changed. My thoughts about it all is to keep doing what you are doing - help people, be honest, and keep that good character.


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northweststarr 5 years ago from Washington State

Who said I had good character? Just wishing everybody else did...lol


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

northweststarr, I can tell by your writing. :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I agree that integrity is of utmost importance. I like all the sources you used to put together a very good hub.


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northweststarr 5 years ago from Washington State

Ty KKGal! I think that's one of the nicest compliments I've received about my writing. Great hub! Thank you.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Hello Koffee Gals..

This was really good! I think this should be considered evergreen! I love the quote

"Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you."

I am going to add this one to my collections. Thank you for such a wonderful read! Blessings!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Pamela99, integrity is the leader of all the core values. Thanks for your kind words.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

northweststarr, I wounld't have said it if I didn't mean it. You're welcome. :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Jo, you have chosen my favorite quote. I think it says it all. Thanks for reading.


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SUSIE DUZY 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

I love collecting quotes. I save them to use in my writing.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

SUSIE, I love quotes too. I hope you found some you can use.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Either you have it or you don't - soooo true. I love quotes. Thanks for these. Yay - and rated way up!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

How true, BKCreative. Thanks for the rating.


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CountryCityWoman 5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

What a unique concept - integrity. And it works.

Thanks for the quotes. Rated up of course!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

CountyCityWoman, I know, who would have thought it? Thanks for reading and the rating.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

I completely agree with you,integrity is a principle core value. This is a stunning article and I adore your quotes. Voting up and pressing those buttons too.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks acaetnna. It's so hard to convience the children I teach, well some of them anyway. It really is important. If you have integrity, the rest follows.


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Karen N 5 years ago from United States

It's unfortunate, but times have changed and integrity doesn't seem to be as important as it once was.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Karen N, how true, how sad.


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cowtowngirl77 5 years ago

There is not much integrity in the business world these days. It is all about greed.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

cowtowngirl77, I'm afraid you are mostly correct. I do think however, there must be a few people out there with integrity that are in business.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I LOVE THIS HUB!!!! Enjoy the quotes! Voted-Up!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you drpastorcarlotta, I wish more people understood the importance of having integrity.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is an extremely powerful one. I definitely voted up. Rock on forever!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks IntegrityYes. Love your name.

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