Best Honesty Quotes

"Honesty is the best policy" is a classic quote about telling the truth and probably one of the best known quotes ever about being honest. But did you know that Stephen King, Mark Twain and even John Gotti, all have something to say about honesty? Well I have collected a few famous quotes about honesty (telling the truth) and added them below! Feel free to leave a comment (even a honest one) or even your favorite quote in my comment section!

honesty quote, John Gotti, best
I never lie because I don't fear anyone! You only lie when you are afraid! (John Gotti)

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

  1. 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. ~Henry Louis Mencken

  2. If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain

  3. Fiction is the Truth inside the lie. ~ Stephen King

  4. Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence. ~Lemuel K. Washburn

  5. A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. ~Author Unknown

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

  7. There’s one way to find out if a man is honest ~ ask him. If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook. ~ Groucho Marx

  8. Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. ~Winston Churchill

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

  10. If you want to ruin the truth, stretch it. ~Author Unknown

  11. The truth is more important than the facts. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

  12. Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited. ~James Cardinal Gibbons

  13. Respect for the truth is an acquired taste. ~Mark Van Doren

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

  15. Always telling the truth is no doubt better than always lying, although equally pathological. ~Robert Brault

  16. 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

  17. When a man lies, he murders some part of the world. ~Rospo Pallenberg and John Boorman, Excalibur, based on Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory

  18. Honesty doesn't always pay, but dishonesty always costs. ~Michael Josephson

  19. A lie is just the truth waiting to be itself. ~Terri Guillemets

  20. It is not without good reason said, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying. ~Michel de Montaigne, translated from French

  21. People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. ~Richard J. Needham

  22. There is always a way to be honest without being brutal. ~Arthur Dobrin

  23. 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. ~Bertrand Russell

  24. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. ~Thomas Paine

  25. Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half. ~Author Unknown

  26. When truth is divided, errors multiply. ~Eli Siegel

  27. Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it. ~Emily Dickinson

  28. Honesty pays, but it don't seem to pay enough to suit some people. ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

  29. A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation. ~Saki

  30. Some people will not tolerate such emotional honesty in communication. They would rather defend their dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Therefore, having rationalized their phoniness into nobility, they settle for superficial relationships. ~Author Unknown

  31. Somewhere between the honest truth and the deceptive lie is the deceptive truth and the honest lie. ~Robert Brault

  32. It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen. ~Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

  33. There's one way to find out if a man is honest — ask him. If he says, "Yes," you know he is a crook. ~Groucho Marx

  34. One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. ~Mark Twain

  35. Someday a computer will give a wrong answer to spare someone's feelings, and man will have invented artificial intelligence. ~Robert Brault

  36. It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. ~Jerome K. Jerome

  37. Always tell the truth. If you can't always tell the truth, don't lie. ~Author Unknown

  38. I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won't. ~Mark Twain

  39. Am I lying to you if I tell you the same lie I tell myself? ~Robert Brault

  40. A little candor never leaves me. It is what protects me. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

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

  42. It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks lateness, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patching to repair great rents in the quotidian. ~John Updike

  43. No mask like open truth to cover lies, As to go naked is the best disguise. ~William Congreve

  44. Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer’s mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got from the thing itself. ~Arthur Schopenhauer, translated from German

  45. Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so. ~Mark Twain

  46. Reality is bad enough. Why should I tell the truth? ~Patrick Sky

  47. Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. ~Slovenian Proverb

  48. A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie. ~Charles Edward Montague

  49. Every lie is two lies — the lie we tell others and the lie we tell ourselves to justify it. ~Robert Brault

  50. Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind. ~Austin O'Malley

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

  52. The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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

  54. Always tell the truth. Even if you have to make it up. ~Author Unknown

  55. The cruelest lies are often told in silence. ~Adlai Stevenson

  56. 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. ~E.V. Lucas

  57. The highest compact we can make with our fellow is — "Let there be truth between us two forevermore." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  58. Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth. ~Mark Twain

  59. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. ~Oscar Wilde

  60. Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. ~Robert Brault

  61. The truth needs so little rehearsal. ~Barbara Kingsolver

  62. A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ~Mark Twain

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

  64. I'm sorry..

  65. As important in a trusting relationship as the truths you share are the lies you never have to tell. ~Robert Brault

  66. Who lies for you will lie against you. ~Bosnian Proverb

  67. No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. ~Abraham Lincoln

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

  69. A half truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb

  70. With lies you may get ahead in the world — but you can never go back. ~Russian proverb

  71. 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

  72. The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff. ~Ambrose Bierce

  73. A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. ~Edgar J. Mohn

  74. When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback. ~Bill Copeland

  75. Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it. ~Mark Twain

  76. Worse than telling a lie is spending the rest of your life staying true to a lie. ~Robert Brault

  77. A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. ~William Blake

  78. 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. ~Tad Williams

  79. Truth fears no questions. ~Unknown

  80. There are only two ways of telling the complete truth — anonymously and posthumously. ~Thomas Sowell

  81. Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. ~Thomas Jefferson

  82. I don't mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. ~Samuel Butler

  83. There is no well-defined boundary between honesty and dishonesty. The frontiers of one blend with the outside limits of the other, and he who attempts to tread this dangerous ground may be sometimes in one domain and sometimes in the other. ~O. Henry, Rolling Stones, 1912

  84. Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children. ~Oliver Wendell

  85. The truth brings with it a great measure of absolution, always. ~R.D. Laing

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