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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #15 --- Sincerity
Quotations on Sincerity
Sincerity is an inward light by which one’s whole being is illuminated.
---Frederick E. Hopkins, The Acorn, Ogden, Utah, November 1908.
An ounce of sincerity is worth a ton of rhetoric.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 18, 1931.
Sincerity is the mirror of the spirit’s charity.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 7, 1946.
Nothing is more repulsive than insincerity seeking to ingratiate itself.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 8, 1959.
Sincerity in the pursuit of knowledge—or of happiness or goodness—requires a willingness to go the distance.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 15, 1959.
Sincerity is jewel with many imitations.
---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., June 10, 1922.
Sincerity is the key to the secrets of wisdom.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., Jan. 29, 1903.
Sincerity is more than a match for subtlety.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Hennessey Clipper, Hennessey, Okla., June 18, 1903.
Sincerity is only commendable when it is sincere enough to go to the root of things, and will gladly walk in all the light it can get.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Lafayette Advertiser, Lafayette, La., Sept. 27, 1890.
Genuineness is the only lasting form of genius.
---Elijah Powell Brown, The Rising Son, Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 15, 1904.
Moral sincerity is the salt of life.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Willmar Tribune, Willmar, Minn., Dec. 25, 1901.
Sincerity is the touchstone of character.
‑‑‑William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 15, 1922.
Sincerity is the salt of character.
‑‑‑Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., July 30, 1905.
You cannot wed vanity without being divorced from sincerity.
‑‑‑Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., June 13, 1909.
Insincerity undermines every other virtue.
---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 17, 1909.
Insincerity may have a pleasant sound but rings no silver bells of truth.
—Grove H. Patterson, Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, May 18, 1944.
To be sincere without taking one’s self too seriously is a mark of strength of character to be sought after.
—Adam S. Bennion, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 1917.
Insincerity undermines every other virtue. Its inward reaction is altogether evil. Truthfulness is not merely speaking the truth. It is more than that. Truthfulness is simplicity in character and sincerity in
---Thomas Van Ness, Warrensburg News, Warrensburg, N.Y., Feb. 9, 1911.
Insincerity makes a fiction out of truth.
---John Wesley Holland, Fulton Patriot, Fulton, N.Y., Nov. 13, 1930.
Insincerity sears the soul.
---John Wesley Holland, Brookfield Courier, Brookfield, N.Y., Oct. 30, 1929.
You cannot camouflage sincerity. Nothing in this world could build a wall high enough to hide honesty. We know our friends because they make us feel them. Words of explanation are futile in their presence. Thoughts from their hearts are not in quotation marks.
---George Matthew Adams, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Feb. 20, 1943.
It is by the nobility of sincerity that we can acquire serenity, the most enviable of all gifts, because it leads us nearer to that ideal of perfection, which, while we may never completely attain it, yet we may through our own sincerity discern the real and the true—cutting through the sham and pretense of insincerity.
---Earl L. “Jack” Sampson, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Sept. 2, 1950.
In the imperfection of human nature, there are those who think themselves smart in living on the truthfulness of others. The boast is sometimes made, “I pulled the wool nicely over his eyes.” The man who says this imagines that what he can win by flattery, wheedling or false pretenses of friendliness, is so much clear gain. What one looks on as gain is sometimes in truth a loss. A man who uses false pretenses to gain an end must lose his self-respect, he must be conscious of loss of honor. In the business world one is sometimes tempted to false pretenses for the sake of great gain. Such gain is purchased at the price of a greater loss. The person who descends to false pretenses for the sake of a dinner, an entertainment, a promotion or any one of many things that he desires, must seem contemptible to himself if he ever stops to think. Insincerity may deceive for a while but it always discovered at last. “Truth, like oil, will rise above water.” Good faith is needed in social life, in business, in private and public life, everywhere and from everyone. Sincerity elevates the character. It increases self-respect. “No man who loves applause more than the truth will add much to the world’s progress.”
---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 18, 1912.
To achieve success you must have a definite major goal in life. Your chances of attaining that goal will be infinitely greater if it includes a sincere wish to provide others with a better produce of services. The operative word in the sentence is "sincere." Sincerity is a trait that pays off in self-satisfaction, self-respect, and the spiritual security of a clear conscience. Sincerity is a matter of motive. Therefore, it is something that others have a right to question before granting you their time, energy or money. Before embarking on a course of action, test your sincerity yourself. Ask yourself this question: "Granted that I seek personal gain for what I am about to do, am I giving fair value in service or goods for the profit or wages I hope to make–or am I hoping to get something for nothing?" Sincerity is one of the hardest things to prove to others. But you must be prepared--and eager--to do so.
—Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, June 27, 1956.
Sincerity means self-integrity. As there is a difference between an untruth and a lie, an error and a sin, so there is a wide difference between insincerity and deception. Sincerity consists in saying and doing what one thinks ought to be said and done under varied circumstances. The sincerity of a word or act depends upon the purpose for which one is spoken and the other performed. Careless words and indifferent conduct are neither sincere nor insincere, they are simply non-sincere; they proceed from a sort of mental vacuity, that is, idle or empty mindedness; they are objectively dangerous and subjectively degenerating. Sincerity makes society possible. Sincerity is the germ of character; it is self-honesty. Sincerity of service in any form is a source of joy, and the higher the service, the greater the joy. Insincerity forbids the entrance of faith into the mind. It makes repentance impossible. The theological fate of the insincere person is exclusive comradeship with creatures of their kind; each one there to stay, until, through the pressure of this part of perdition, there comes a sincere desire for change; and with that desire, the climb begins.
—George H. Brimhall, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 1922.
Sincerity requires truth, not in words only, but in actions; not simply in conversation, but in silence; in public and in private; in matters of a negative, as well as of a positive kind. Our obligations to sincerity do not merely require that we should say nothing but what we know or esteem to be true, but, in all important cases, that we should give an account of what we think. It requires that we should disclose to others, those reservations alone excepted, which humility, justice and charity impose. No man is perfectly sincere and upright, except as his whole life and conduct is open to the inspection of his fellowmen, and the transparency of his character leaves no room for doubt, as to the general conduct of his thoughts and his principles of action. There must be no concealment, no secret reserve, save for those emotions which are too delicate for utterance, or too vague and indeterminate to be clearly expressed--and also for judgments which, having reference to particular individuals, ought ever to remain concealed within the breast, until necessity, or some paramount obligation demand their reluctant disclosure.
—Thomas Kite, The Friend, Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 15, 1845.
A virtue that is fundamental in all worthy characters is the virtue of sincerity. If that virtue be absent from character, then the soul is nothing but a hollow shell. That virtue is the keystone in the arch of all worthy character, without which keystone the arch must decay and collapse. If a man be crotchety, yet honest, he can be tolerated. If he be ignorant and prejudiced, yet honest, he can be borne with. But if a man be lacking in the fundamental virtue of sincerity, he cannot long be endured by any right thinking man. It is the sincere man that the world is ever turning for guidance and refuge. Such a man is as the spring in a desert, or as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
—George W. Truett, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, June 3, 1909.
Sincerity [is] the principle of giving to others a fair insight into our views, motives and intentions. Sincerity loves a frank, straightforward disposition; hence, it is in opposition to any hypocritical, underhanded, wire-pulling maneuvering of wily, worthless individuals who disguise their real sentiments, pretending to profess principles which they neither comprehend nor value, only in order to promote certain selfish objects. A sincere man does not mean one thing and say another, but he speaks as he feels without flattery to anyone. Thus veracity moves in the line of a straightforward integrity of purpose, endeavoring to do everything that duty requires. Let us then reflect and practice in public what we judge to be right in retirement; we will find then that our interest, our reputation, our prospects and our present and future happiness will all bear witness to the maxim that “veracity is the quintessence of honesty,” and that “honesty is the best policy.”
—Alexander Ott, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 20, 1860.
What is the secret of a winning personality? We have all observed the gracious bedside manner of a beloved physician; the warmth and attraction of a teacher, preacher, a salesman or even a stranger met for the first time. Undeniably there are people whom we encounter along the road of life who draw us to them through some personal magnetism. There are others who leave us indifferent if not utterly repelled and antagonized. The secret is to be found in the sincere approach. If you are made to feel important by another person, if that person acts as if what you have to say really means something to him, that no one else exists but you while you talk together, then that person is well-nigh irresistible. On the other hand, if you are treated coldly and casually, briefly and unconcernedly, then your response is just as unkind. Some of us are afraid of people. Others among us enjoy people. But all of us want to be liked. We want people to be glad to be with us. We crave favorable recognition. How pleasant life becomes when we are greeted with enthusiasm and delight. Obviously we must treat and greet others with sincere cordiality if we would develop an engaging personality. But a word of caution is in order here. Beware of the hypocrite who wears a false smile and tries to take you in with his false, gay front. For we cannot be entirely sure of the sincerity of a person on only one or two slim contacts. Sincerity is revealed by time and experience. Nevertheless, despite the fact that hypocrites exploit the trust of honest people, let us remember the importance of meeting others with an affable countenance and genuine respect. Sincere warmth towards people brightens the world.
—Hyman Judah Schachtel, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, June 23, 1956.
Without sincerity there can be no permanent prosperity. Men with high ideals, refusing to be swayed by money or prominence, have within them hearts of gold that beat and throb for character, usefulness, honesty, sincerity and integrity. As the majority live, so shall our nation endure. Debauchers, immoralists, hypocrites, and legalized thieves cannot build a greater nation. Our country must erect upon firmer foundations. When men learn to love their fellowmen, provide for their shortcomings, and practice the golden rule, this world will become a much better place for inhabitation.
—Howard D. Strother, The New Era, Eunice, La., March 4, 1938.
Sincerity is the keynote of character. Without it, no character, and certainly no good influence can long survive.
—Joseph O. Haymes, Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, Sept. 17, 1925.
Sincerity is a manifestation of the heart that is without ulterior motive to attract the confidence of others.
—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, May 25, 1931.
Sincerity is the wedge and energy of the ax which together split the oak of opposition. There may be knots you'll never split, but perhaps will melt away to ash in the fires of your honesty of purpose.
—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., April 14, 1925.
Moral courage springs from sincerity, the unassuming, most substantial virtue of the human soul.
—David O. McKay, Millennial Star, London, England, Aug. 8, 1940.
Sincerity is simply the assurance of honest intent in all one's doings.
—J. Stuart McMaster, Zion's Builder, Independence, Mo., June 1970.
Sincerity is closely akin to integrity, because one cannot have integrity without being sincere.
—Verl F. Scott, Westate, Denver, Colo., July 1968.
Sincerity is the very life and vitality of every word and deed. Without sincerity we have a cold formality or a fervid hypocrisy. Sincerity multiplies a man's power for good. It mitigates his defects and strengthens his excellencies.
—Elbert A. Smith, Autumn Leaves, Lamoni, Iowa, February 1913.
Insincerity is deadly; it destroys character and influence; it leads to oblivion.
—Gaines S. Dobbins, The Sunday School Builder, Nashville, Tenn., December 1955.
An insincere person thinks life is what you fake it.
—Olin Miller, Daily Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., May 21, 1935.
Sincerity is like unto honey which comes from the garden of life.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 7, 1929.
Insincerity is a canker that eats slowly and surely the reputation and character of many men who could have been really great.
—Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, April 6, 1939.
We can forgive so much in a human being if he is only sincere. For sincerity doesn’t mean that a man or woman is perfect. We can be very blundering, very imperfect, very, very far from being much that we would like to be, and what we would like to be, and what we would like to have our friends think us to be—and yet be wholly sincere.
The derivation of the word sincerity comes from two words meaning “without wax.” I once read an explanation of the word. It seems that in some country when a vase got broken, it was mended with wax and to designate a real, unbroken vase, it was a sincere vase—that is, one without wax—unbroken and whole.
So it is that the word has come to mean something genuine, whole—true in every respect.
I know many sincere people, but not a one whom I would suggest as perfect! We are all a bundle of faults and mysteries and conundrums. Some of us are difficult to get along with, to understand, and to manage. But so long as we are sincere and genuine, about everything else can be overlooked. …
When we make a major mistake, and are sorry, and do all in our power to make amends, our sincerity enlarges everything good within us.
Many, there are, who use the sacred virtue of sincerity for window dressing—but sooner or later it tags itself.
Sincerity shows in a person’s eyes, in his manner, in his entire action. Like gold, it doesn’t discolor with age or from contact with other elements. It stands true to form. A sincere friend is always the one to tie to. But if you want to keep that sincere friend, do not try to find his faults. He is probably a conscious of them as anyone who notices them.
Glory in the sincerity of your friend! Such a one is more valuable than an acre of diamonds!
---George Matthew Adams, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., July 9, 1934.
One need not endorse all that another person does in order to believe in his sincerity.
—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., April 4, 1946.
If you are a man of sincerity, you will speak more effectively than if you were eloquent.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 24, 1930.
The greatest virtues are the byproduct of sincerity.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 27, 1930.
Men must be morally sincere before they can be intellectually honest.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 28, 1933.
Nothing is so fatal to sincerity as a compromise with conscience.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 27, 1934.
Cultivate sincerity and you will always have courage.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 31, 1936.
A man is only as sincere as he is with himself.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 14, 1938.
It is a sign of sincerity when one does not count the cost to himself.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 11, 1934.
The best evidence of sincerity is our behavior when we are not being watched.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 27, 1929.
The habit of sincerity will never betray any man.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 18, 1933.
The first step to power is sincerity.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 2, 1937.
There is nothing like sincerity to give force to one’s words.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 19, 1937.
Sincerity is the one virtue the cynic cannot understand.
---Roy L. Smith, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y., Nov. 13, 1930.
Sincerity is the secret of eloquence.
---Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 15, 1917.
Trust thyself, if your compass has been set to the pole star of sincerity.
---Amboy News, Amboy, Ill., June 5, 1914.
Sincerity is to speak as we think, to do as we pretend and profess; to perform and make good what we promise; and really to be what we would seem and appear to be.
‑‑‑Zion's Herald, Boston, Mass., Jan. 3, 1906.