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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #5 --- Honesty & Integrity

Updated on October 4, 2015

Quotations on Honesty & Integrity

An unearned reputation for honesty is dishonesty.

—Ben J. Elston, DeRidder Enterprise, DeRidder, La., May 18, 1923.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

---Theophile Meerschaert, The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., November 1903.

Honesty is the best policeman.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Jan. 11, 1918.

Honesty is the Great Seal of character.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., July 1, 1921.

Be honest, because your personal success depends upon it. Be truthful, because the respect of your fellow men hinges upon it.

---Henry Clews, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Dec. 17, 1913.

He who breaks his word smashes himself.

---William Jennings Bryan, Canaseraga Times, Canaseraga, N.Y., Jan. 5, 1912.

Dishonesty, in its last essence, is the forsaking of permanent advantages for those that are merely temporary.

---Warwick James Price, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., March 1906.

Unless you are honest, your work will beat the stamp of insincerity and you will not be deemed trustworthy.

---Wilson Sherman Kinnear, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Dec. 19, 1913.

It may be true that honesty is the best policy; but it is undeniably true that nobody was ever really honest if that was his reason.

---Arthur T. Hadley, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., June 24, 1907.

Honest has never found a substitute.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Oct. 2, 1897.

A man may be industrious and yet he may not be honest, but a man cannot be honest in the broadest sense of the word, without being industrious.

‑‑‑R.L. Howsley, Oslo Posten, Guymon, Okla., Oct. 14, 1910.

Success without honesty is failure.

---B.C. Forbes, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 9, 1929.

Deception is a viper that bites back and forward.

Honesty is the straightforward performance of every duty and every action as conscience dictates.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Edgefield Advertiser, Edgefield, S.C., Aug. 31, 1893.

To be honest means to have honor as our goal—to provide that unsullied by chicanery or deceit for the daily inspection of the world.

---Lewis Brown, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Aug. 2, 1908.

People adept at deceiving others must first have practiced on themselves.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 5, 1959.

The prospect of an inevitable accounting bids us beware of false profits gained at the unfair expense of others.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 17, 1962.

Honest sweat makes the best skin lotion.

—Thad Adams, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Nov. 10, 1944.

Deceit carries a blinding torch which eventually the deceiver will scorch.

---George G. Benedict, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sept. 12, 1936.

Make yourself an honest man, and then you can be sure there is one less rascal in the world.

---Bill Copeland, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, June 27, 1968.

Absolute honesty requires constant vigilance, and every individual, even the most conscientious, needs to be constantly on guard lest he fall into dishonest practices.

‑‑‑Robert L. Daniel, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 28, 1938.

No man has ever lived who could be long of honor and short of honesty.

---John Wesley Holland, Livingston Republican, Geneseo, N.Y., Sept. 11, 1930.

Integrity will always be the safest way to success.

‑‑‑Louie D. Newton, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 27, 1923.

Integrity is the shortest road to success.

‑‑‑Harold K. Ross, Wheeling Register, Wheeling, W.Va., July 19, 1903.

Honesty is always the best policy, but it is not genuine honesty when pursued merely because it is the best policy, but only when the heart is honest and insists upon strict honesty in the life.

‑‑‑J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Aug. 22, 1926.

Honesty is the soundest article in the philosophy of experience. Good conduct is the surest and safest method of insuring success and comfort in life. Good pays; and it is easier in the long run than bad conduct.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, St. Joseph Gazette, St. Joseph, Mo., July 24, 1932.

I have never found any man who dishonest with other people and honest with himself.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 18, 1930.

No man is poorer than the one who has bartered honor for position.

---Roy L. Smith, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 4, 1930.

If some people thought as much about their integrity, capability and usefulness to the community as they do about their style and appearance, they would be very valuable.

---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 19, 1912.

A man’s integrity speaks for itself—and his dishonesty shouts aloud.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Aug. 23, 1939.

When you sacrifice your principles, you sacrifice yourself.

—Philip Mallory Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 25, 1947.

Dishonesty is not an accident; it is an acquisition.

—Philip Mallory Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Sept. 10, 1947.

People who practice honesty and are straight forward seldom visit the valley of suspicion.

‑‑‑Wallace H. Prigmore, Affirmative, Billings, Mont., January 1966.

Nothing is so much needed in society as a reign of honesty, and this can only come by the dethronement of selfishness, which will induce a sincere purpose in every man to promote the good will of his fellow.

---W.A. Robinson, Aurora Daily Express, Aurora, Ill., Jan. 11, 1900.

Honesty is like a red light of sincerity. It is the basic principle of character. It shows conscience on the throne and a determination to do right, come what may. An honest man thinks, speaks, acts, seeks, lives and is the truth!

‑‑‑W.C. Scott, The Bogalusa Enterprise and American, Bogalusa, La., June 5, 1931.

Veracity is truth in expression; honesty is truth in action, and sincerity is truth in thought. These three things are most worthy of possession.

‑‑‑Rasmus Thomsen, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, May 25, 1931.

An honest heart reveals itself in the face. The eye is the window of the soul. Lying lips produce a lowered look. We carry the evidences of our character in our countenances. We cannot long hide the fact of dishonest living. There is beauty as well as power in the life that is controlled by truth.

---Abram Duryee, Christian Intelligencer, New York, N.Y., June 9, 1920.

There is a big gap in the life of the man who is dishonest. You can take any kind of a tool, break a gap in its blade and try to use it. It won't work. So is a human being. Cut a gap in life in the form of dishonesty, and the surface where it works bears the track of a marred life. Dishonesty won't pay off in any case in the long run. It is a wrong way and anything made in wrong brings a loss.

‑‑‑Charles M. Hughes, Leesville Leader, Leesville, La., Aug. 25, 1949.

Honesty and truthfulness are Siamese twins. Not only are they much alike but they are inseparable. Reaching down into the very core of personality they are rooted together in such a way that hurt to one may bring death to the other. Honesty is truthfulness in material things. Truthfulness is honesty in handling facts.

---S.S. Lappin, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 13, 1943.

No man can be truly great who is not absolutely honest and sincere. He may be brilliant, but brilliancy will not of itself bring greatness. Men may admire him, but they will not trust him. Whatever endowments or qualifications a man may have, he must also possess the crowning one of integrity if he becomes actually great.

‑‑‑J. Benjamin Lawrence, Southern Baptist Home Missions, Atlanta, Ga., May 1945.

Running down through the center of every noble and true character is a deep current of steadfastness, of firmness for the right. Integrity is moral soundness, loyalty to one's ideals, firmness for the right as God gives us to see it. Integrity is the basic virtue that underlies and makes effective all the graces and virtues that adorn the lives of the truly great. Cultivate it, encourage it, practice it.

‑‑‑Bryant S. Hinckley, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 16, 1942.

An honest word is the bond of all integrity. A lie is social corruption, a microbe of a deadly disease. Sooner or later a lie destroys the dishonest business, the corrupt party, the evasive, cowardly platform or creed. The politician suicides by falsehood if he is not murdered sooner by aroused constituency. Some defend justifiable lies but such are not actual realities in life. It never pays to beat wrong with a lie. Lies are not necessary. Truth wins and saves.

‑‑‑Orlen W. Fifer, The Register and Leader, Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 24, 1910.

There are but few greater compliments that can be bestowed upon one than to say he is honest. There is probably no vice so dangerous in its arguments, and which so swiftly takes possession of its victims as dishonesty. It is insidious. Dishonesty is blighting and withering in the higher life. It destroys confidence, and saps a man’s moral power in society.

---Smith Baker, Lowell Daily Courier, Lowell, Mass., Oct. 19, 1885.

Intelligence without integrity is bad, and integrity without intelligence won’t do either; but the two qualities make a magnificent alloy. Even pure gold unless fused with copper or silver has no practical use.

---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., March 13, 1942.

Falsehood is the most widely spread over the earth and is the oldest and most virulent offshoot of selfishness; indeed it is the base of all ruin and all woe, and takes all forms and all changes to accomplish the ends of selfish desire. Hate, the antagonist of love, and falsehood, the antagonist of truth, are twin-born, begotten by the enemy of our race in that fertile soil, the heart of man. Falsehood uses deep colors upon the canvas of life by which the portrait of selfishness is brought out in all its hideous minuteness.

---Edward Y. Griggs, Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill., May 14, 1859.

There is one thing no money or influence can buy; that is the heart’s approval of a wrong deed or a questionable transaction. It will be bobbing up all along the future to remind you of your theft, of your dishonesty, or of your unfair advantage. It will take the edge off our enjoyment. It will appear like a ghost at every feast to which you sit down. No man has a right to put himself in a position where he has to cover up anything or where he must be afraid of the truth. Every man should live so that he can hold up his head, look his kind in the face without wincing, and defy the world.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., December 1905.

Integrity and industry are the best possessions which any man can have, and every man can have them. Nobody can give them to him or take them from him. He cannot acquire them by inheritance; he cannot buy them or beg them or borrow them. They belong to the individual and are his unquestioned property. He alone can part with them. They are a good thing to have and keep. They make happy homes; they achieve success in every walk of life; they have won the greatest triumphs for mankind. No man who has them ever gets into the police courts or before the grand jury. They give one moral and material power. They will bring you a comfortable living, make you respect yourself and command the respect of your fellows. They are indispensible to success. They are invincible. Every avenue of human endeavor welcomes them. They are the only keys to open with certainty the door of opportunity to struggling manhood. Employment waits on them; capital requires them; citizenship is not good without them. If you do not already have them get them.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma Farmer, Guthrie, Okla., Sept. 18, 1907.

No investment pays higher dividends than honesty. Nothing is more conducive to happiness and longevity than a clear conscience; and a clear conscience is the reward of honest living. To lay the foundation of real honest life, we must begin by being honest in small, trivial, seemingly insignificant things. He who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest on a large scale in larger things. Therefore—BE HONEST IN ALL THINGS.

---John Peter Janett, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., June 2, 1927.

Be earnest in your lives and in what you do and say; honest with your associates, but above all with your own hearts. Harbor no illusions in matters of conduct or action, but try to see everything about you as it is. For the lack of perception and of ability to act upon realities, many a life has been wrecked. Read as much as you can. Keep up with the knowledge of the times. It is impossible to act with perfect judgment unless you know what is doing, and as you will be called upon for light, your electric arc should always be in perfect connection with the central bureau of illumination. Courtesy, kindliness and neighborly helpless are not only great social virtues; they are the keys to great opportunities and are worth striving for with all earnestness and strength.

---William R. Nelson, University of Utah Chronicle, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 4, 1902.

Thrift and industry go hand in hand. Thrift and indolence are strangers. Thrift evades the necessity of contracting obligations or else finds a way to discharge them. Waste piles up debts that cannot be paid, and paves the way to dishonesty. Waste begets necessities that lead to trickery in business. Waste develops habits that often lead to violations of the laws of the country. Thrift is the mother of self-confidence. It is the first lesson to be learned in business success. It is the road that leads to worthy achievements in all lines of useful endeavor.

---John F. Easley, Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Okla., Sept. 2, 1915.

Nothing is so fatal to integrity as pretense.

—Elbert Hubbard, The Philistine, East Aurora, N.Y., June 1903.

The lifeblood of integrity is service, service that seeks first the advantage of the other fellow.

—Lamont Gundersen, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 31, 1949.

Honesty consists in the spirit of right doing first and then of the right doing itself.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, Sept. 3, 1896.

It is impossible to be half honest.

—Dan Valentine, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 25, 1956.

Only those who can be trusted under all circumstances should be called honest. These alone can be called honest within themselves.

—J.H. Funderburg, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., Jan. 6, 1940.

Dishonesty by whomsoever practiced is not only morally bad, but is seriously damaging to the security of a free people, and is, therefore, a species of disloyalty.

—J.A. Hill, Amarillo Times, Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 15, 1950.

A truthful man cannot fail to be honorable, and an honorable man is always guided by the star of truth.

—William DeWitt Hyde, Lewiston Evening Journal, Lewiston, Me., June 19, 1933.

Integrity is Ambition's wings flying down the road to success.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., July 24, 1920.

Integrity is not simply the good luck of keeping out of prison.

—Lynn W. Landrum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, April 10, 1951.

Honesty would have no use for a press agent.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 2, 1938.

A man who is not honest everywhere is not honest anywhere. A man who is not honest in everything is not honest in anything.

—Sam P. Jones, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, April 22, 1894.

Don't let your convictions and your conduct get separated. This will destroy your integrity.

—P.I. Lipsey, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Sept. 4, 1924.

Honesty never displays itself, but dishonesty is always on dress parade.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., March 15, 1922.

The first mark of an honest man is his honesty with himself.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 20, 1941.

Honesty is one of the elements of power–the honesty which comes from compulsion of character, and not as a matter of policy, in the spirit which says, "I must be honest because I must be true to myself."

—Leon Sonfield, Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, Dec. 6, 1897.

Honesty is not only the best policy, it is the only policy that can bring peace and satisfaction to every individual. Concealment of misdeeds may be possible for a time, at least, but sooner or later anyone who fails to practice those virtues of trustworthiness and fair dealing, will lose the confidence of his fellowmen and fail in those qualities that lie at the very foundation of character and progress. Men may succeed, by devious means, in taking property that does not belong to them, but such practices will destroy the moral fiber of their being. ... Rights of property cannot be made null and void without destroying the spirit and appreciation of fairness among mankind.

—Sylvester Q. Cannon, Liahona the Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., Jan. 22, 1935.

Honesty consists of: First, a thorough understanding of true service; second, the knowledge of how best to apply this understanding in one's life; and third, the actual application of this understanding to that life.

—Edgar L. Wagner, La Voz Desde El Polvo, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Oct. 10, 1958.

The greatest legacy a man can give his son or daughter is integrity. It is a hundred times better to leave children a legacy of integrity than to leave them silver and gold.

—David Holland, Beauregard Daily News, DeRidder, La., April 5, 1996.

Integrity in its fullest sense means not just honesty, but wholesome and unity within one's self and in all one's relationships with other people. This is the personal completeness which comes from honest concern for other people, from understanding people, and from having a purpose in life which gives perspective to every activity and relationship.

—George H. Quarterman, Jr., Hill Top Times, Ogden, Utah, Nov. 5, 1965.

Integrity is not available without courage and without knowing ourselves. A courageous man will keep faith in himself no matter what the obstacles.

—Hal L. Taylor, Indian Israel, Holbrook, Ariz., August 1965.

Integrity is the shortest road to success.

—Harold K. Ross, Wheeling Register, Wheeling, W.Va., July 19, 1903.

Personal honesty is always the best life insurance policy.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1920.

To have everything but honesty is to have nothing, to win by unfair tactics is stealing victory. There is no honor in such gains. Honesty generates courage to go ahead. One's faith in self should be evident to others, who will respect one for it if he is honest in it.

—C. Oren Wilson, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 18, 1930.

Boasting of being honest doesn't prove it.

Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Sept. 29, 1919.

An honest man never fails to recognize the same quality in others.

Mt. Pleasant Record, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., Nov. 24, 1933.


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