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Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people.

Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it'll always get you the right ones.

Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying.

Honesty is telling the truth to ourselves and others. Integrity is living that truth.

We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.

Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest.

Leading your life honestly and truthfully will create trust and friendship.

Authenticity without empathy is selfish. Authenticity without boundaries is careless.

There is one way to find out if a man is honest - ask him. If he says 'yes', you know he is crooked.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. Kent M.

Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.

Honesty plus love will get you through most situations.

Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself.

When you're dishonest with yourself, you're disconnected from reality. You're going to make poor decisions. You're going to drop out of the moment and you're going to be less happy and you're going to be wrong.

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.

Create from the heart to produce something meaningful. Speak from the heart to build solid relationships. Live from the heart to have a beautiful life.

The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is almost the only courageous thing left to do.

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.

The good I stand on is my truth and honesty.

If you can't be honest with yourself, you can't fix yourself. Admitting you have a problem is the first step for a good reason.

Authenticity is powerful because it is, by definition, impossible to fake. To lead an authentic life is to lead a truly honest life.

If you were completely honest to yourself about yourself, other people and the world, you would never get disappointed. You would liberate yourself from all the illusions and falsehoods. This would give you great power.

To live a life of honesty and integrity is a responsibility of every decent person.

All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not the science of honesty and goodness.

People aren't in awe of your sharp mind? So be it. But you have many other qualities you can't claim to have been deprived of at birth. Display then those qualities in your own power: honesty, dignity, endurance, chastity, contentment, frugality, kindness.

When we are committed to honesty, we help reduce the level of misunderstanding, doubt, and fear throughout society.

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.

When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie.

The responsibility is all yours; no one can stop you from being honest or straightforward.

Honesty first; then courage; then brains - and all are indispensable.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.

To live outside the law, you must be honest.

I think honesty is the most heroic quality one can aspire to.

All kinds of frankness and honesty are terrible crimes in the eyes of society.

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

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.

There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.

Each time we don't say what we wanna say, we're dying.

Truth fears no questions.

You can't lie to your soul.

Frankness invites frankness.

Be honest rather than clever.

Clarity is a gift of honesty.

Honesty saves everyone's time.

If you want to be trusted, be honest.

An honest man's the noblest work of God.

Art is to beauty what honor is to honesty.

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door.

If you want to get free, you have to first get honest.

Just try, try to be right here, open, honest, straight.

A little candor never leaves me. It is what protects me.

Three little duties - to try hard, to be honest, and to help ourselves and others.

There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.

It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.

We have to put effort into being honest, truthful and compassionate towards others.

If in day to day life you lead a good life, honestly, with love, compassion, and less selfishness, then automatically you will find peace.

If you want to save time, be honest. If you want to save your life, be courageous.

The function and duty of a human being, a quality human being, that is, is the sincere and honest development of potential and self-actualization.

Honesty is the most single most important factor having a direct bearing on the final success of an individual, corporation, or product.

Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.

Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.

We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.

If you keep hiding your true self, your life becomes like slow death. Once you become free from the lies and the hiding of yourself, then life becomes vibrant again.

On the whole, and by and large, if a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right.

When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.

Honesty is not only the first step toward greatness, - it is greatness itself.

Be honest about where you are at so that you can get to where you want to be.

Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it.

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.

If honesty were suddenly introduced into American life, the whole system would collapse.

Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometimes so by chance.

For honesty coupled to beauty, is to have honey a sauce to sugar.

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

Most of what I say is complete truth. My edit button is broken.

Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.

It is a great compliment for an honest person to be mistaken for a crook by a crook.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.

He who is not sure of his memory, should not undertake the trade of lying.

If you're truly honest with yourself, you'll disturb some people, some of the time. If you don't, you're a sheep.

Directness and honesty may give you relief, but they also stir up antagonism.

If you prefer to not play the game and to always be honest and upfront, do not complain when others call you obnoxious and arrogant.

When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed.

If we were all given by magic the power to read each other's thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships.

Anyone around whom I can't be fully honest, I don't want to be around.

I want to be able to just be me. I never want to be in an environment or around people where I have to watch what I say.

Honesty is an active verb, not a passive noun. Go out of your way to be truthful, beginning with the things that you say to yourself.

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.

And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.

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.

If you're not honest with the world, you can't really be honest with yourself.

People who constantly signal how honest they are rarely are actually honest. People who constantly signal how authentic they are rarely are actually authentic. Authentic does not have to constantly remind you that it's authentic.

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.

To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.

Sincerity is irrelevant in a society where many believe their own lies.

If we, as humans, are honest with ourselves, we will, with clarity and serenity, admit that we are failures.

Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

If a man examines his life with rare and uncommon honesty, he comes to realize that it is, at once, an empty, societal charade. There is nothing within it that is of any genuine significance.

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

Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.

In the short run, lying is easy and honesty is hard. In the long run, honesty is easy and lying is hard. What you choose today makes your tomorrow.

Fools rarely say what they think, and suffer silently. The wise say what they think, and may make some suffer momentarily.

If you really want to be happy, you have to be present. One of the core tenets of being present is to be completely honest at all times.

What radical honesty just means is that I want to be free. Part of being free means that I can say what I think and think what I say.

The real honesty is a responsibility to the present moment. It needs tremendous awareness. You have to be honest to the present moment, not to the past, not to the future.

Honesty is the cornerstone of character. The honest man or woman seeks not merely to avoid criminal or illegal acts, but to be scrupulously fair, upright, fearless in both action and expression.

The good four. Honest with ourselves and with whatever is friend to us; courageous toward the enemy; generous toward the vanquished; polite-always that is how the four cardinal virtues want us.

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.

An honest thinker will highlight and confront the most intimidating counterargument. A dishonest thinker will seek out the most ludicrous counterargument and pretend it is the only counterargument.

Learning is easier if you are honest about your own ignorance. People want to seem in the know. They try to signal that they are intelligent and informed. This is often counterproductive. Insecurity is the enemy of learning. A master knows how to be a beginner.

Great conversation flows easily with those that are deeply committed to the truth. They attack or defend a position out of honesty, not ego. They seek illumination, not point scoring. They will ruthlessly challenge the accuracy of your mental map of the world. Invaluable.

Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.

The honest man falls prey to guilt and conscience far more often than the dishonest one. Even when he has acted honorably.

The selfish reason to be ethical is that it attracts the other ethical people in the network.

Be honest with yourself. Base your preferences and beliefs on your deepest sense of self. Don't be swayed by social pressures or a need for affirmation. Uncover your purest 'you' through questioning yourself and challenging yourself.

Accuracy is twin brother to honesty, and inaccuracy to dishonesty.

Take care that no one hates you justly.

Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - Let there be truth between us two forevermore.

Stand with lies and comfort and you build something weak. Stand with truth and honesty and you build something strong.

Honesty is the foundation for trust; you can't have one without the other.

A promise made is a debt unpaid.

Cooperation comes from friendship, friendship comes from trust, and trust comes from kindheartedness. Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there's no room for cheating, bullying, or exploitation; instead, you can be honest, truthful and transparent in your conduct.

If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy.

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.

It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honourably.

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be, all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.

You can't serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line.

Success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square.

Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.

Studying ethics doesn't make you ethical.

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.

Integrity has no need of rules.

Those who are busy can't think clearly and honestly. Those who go slow let the truth come to them and lives in integrity.

Have integrity and demand it from others.

Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur.

The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.

Honesty consists of the unwillingness to lie to others; maturity, which is equally hard to attain, consists of the unwillingness to lie to oneself.

[On what he looks for in in people] In business, it's intelligence, energy, and integrity. In relationships, it's probably honesty, which is I guess integrity again, intelligence again.

Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people.

A single act of honesty is often not enough. What is required is a reputation for honesty, built on a series of act.

Integrity is non-negotiable.

Never rob your character to enrich your pocket.

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.

When you feel scared, you tell lies. When you feel funny, you tell jokes. When you're in love with your life, you tell the truth.

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Do not search outside, return to yourself, truth lives in the inner man.

Being radically truthful and radically transparent helped me and others get around our ego and blind spot barriers.

People prefer pleasant sounding bullsht to the fcking truth.

When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.

The good part about always transparently speaking the truth is that you don't have to keep a track of all the fake stories you've told people.

The truth cuts like the sharpest knife I've ever known.

Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

Who lies for you will lie against you.

A half truth is a whole lie.

Every lie is two lies - the lie we tell others and the lie we tell ourselves to justify it.

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.

Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what every man wishes, that he also believes to be true.

Telling the truth seems risky in the short term, but builds something in the long term. Telling lies seems safe in the short term, but destroys everything in the long term.

When you're dishonest with somebody else, you're going to be dishonest with yourself.

If someone is going around and talking about how honest they are, they're probably dishonest.

The moment you tell somebody else something that's not honest, you've lied to yourself. Then you'll start believing your own lie. Then that will disconnect you from reality and take you down the wrong road.

Honesty doesn't always pay, but dishonesty always costs.

I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid.

If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.

We 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 recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud.

A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.

When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth.

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

If human society loses the value of justice, compassion, and honesty, the next generation will face greater difficulties and more suffering.

I tell lies somewhere else, but not here, not in front of myself.

From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.

With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back.

A man must not always tell all, for that be folly; but what a man says should be what he thinks.

It's wise to tell the truth. It's even wiser to tell it kindly.

Kindness and compassion give rise to self-confidence, which in turn empowers us to be honest, truthful and transparent.

Just do good, don't worry about the road ahead.

Don't change your mind just because people are offended; change your mind if you're wrong.

Women want honesty but sometimes get upset if you are honest, so you need to know when to be honest.

I would combine radical honesty with an old rule that Warren Buffet has, which is praise specifically, criticize generally.

Commit yourself to good, honest feedback. Show that you want to hear the truth and when you give feedback to others be candid but positive.

Saying no doesn't make you a bad person. Saying no doesn't make you mean. Saying no is a healthy boundary that protects your time and your energy. Be honest about who and what matters to you.

An honest person is not a nice guy. Neither is he overly polite. Nor likeable in other people's eyes. He appears anti hero rather than a hero. People don't like the person who challenges their ego rather than buttressing it. Therefore such a person is no one's friend.

Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment.

Be honest in everything you do, even if it means the occasional difficult confrontation.

Honesty is not the best policy - merely the safest.

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.

Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean.

Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie: A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.

Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie.

Those who have no friends are selfish. Those who have good friends are kind. Those who have great friends are honest.

False friendship is the worst. Avoid it at all costs. If you're honest and straightforward and mean well, it should show in your eyes. It should be unmistakable.

We need friendship, which depends on trust. And that depends on concern for others, defending their rights, and not doing them harm.

It's useful to reflect not only on how anger, fear and suspicion destroy our peace of mind, but also on how peace of mind gives us the confidence to act honestly and truthfully. We are social animals and we need friends. We make friends on the basis of trust.

If honesty is the key to intimacy, it means we don't have to be perfect and we don't have to pretend to be perfect.

Your most important friends are people who'll give you honest, unpadded feedback.

Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of what you're doing is as valuable as gold.

Living and speaking truthfully will bring you the friends you deserve at the cost of those you picked up by accident.

I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

To be true to yourself, you must risk being disliked by others for not living up to their expectation of you.

My head'll explode if I continue with this escapism.

It's that you are disliked by someone. It is proof that you are exercising your freedom and living in freedom, and a sign that you are living in accordance with your own principles.

Purge your life of everything meaningless. Ruthlessly eliminate all bullshit. What survives will be revealed as the core truth of your life. If nothing survives then atleast you will know that there is no underlying meaning to your life.

You can either have your freedom or you can have others' approval. You can't have both. Pick one and forget the other.

Be honest about who you are, your past, the baggage you carry. Don't project a false image to others; this creates fake relationships.

It's remarkable how much conflict and drama you can remove from your life by just communicating with honesty and directness.

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

The Golden Key to this thing called life is rigorous self-honesty.

The most common lies a man tells are to himself.

Living an honest life starts with self-knowledge. Self-knowledge starts with closing your eyes.

Honesty pays dividends both in dollars and in peace of mind.

Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are.

The most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect, to look at ourselves honestly and gently.

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

Our intelligence helps us regulate our emotions. Fear, for example, is based on mistrust and a lack of self-confidence. If, on the other hand, we remain honest and truthful, open and tolerant, we will have greater self-confidence and overcome fear.

If you set out to cheat and deceive others you'll be tense and anxious in case you're found out. But if you live your life and conduct your business on the basis of truth and honesty, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence that is also a source of inner strength.

Affection, honesty, harmony and non-violence are qualities that yield happiness for individuals, families and society at large.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.

Don't avoid real feelings in an attempt to feel happy or positive. Let yourself feel everything, from anger to sadness to bliss.

Don't lie to yourself for the sake of positivity. True spirituality is honestly confronting the truths of life with courage.

The ego is cunning, so you have to be very alert, very present, and totally honest with yourself to see whether you have truly relinquished your identification with a mental position and so freed yourself from your mind.

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.

Radical acceptance is the willingness to experience ourselves and our lives as it is.

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.