Honesty Sayings and Quotes

While it may not always be comfortable, telling the truth is the best policy. There’s no need to remember a story or keep track of a lie if you’re honest from the beginning. Save yourself the headache with the collection of wise and insightful honesty quotes below.

A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.      

Tagalog (Filipino) (on conscience)

A fair exchange is no robbery.      

Scottish Proverb

A friend's eye is a good mirror.      

Gaelic (on friendship)

A loan though old is not a gift.     

Hungarian (on indebtedness)

A man who never made a mistake, never made anything.      


An apple a day keeps the doctor away.      

Benjamin Franklin

Avoid dishonest gain: no price can recompence the pangs of vice.      

Benjamin Franklin

Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.      

Julius Caesar

Dally not with other folk's spouses or money.      

Benjamin Franklin

Don't pretend to be something you aren't.      


Don't take any wooden nickels.      

American (on authenticity)

Following the path of least resistence is what makes both men and rivers crooked.      


From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.      

Jesus Christ

Half the truth is often a whole lie.      

Benjamin Franklin

He that first cries out "stop thief" is often he that has stolen the treasure.      

William Congreve

He that steals an egg will steal an ox.      

George Herbert

Honesty is the best policy.      


It is better to suffer for truth than to prosper by falsehood.      

Danish (on comparable worth)

Keep conscience clear, then never fear.      

Benjamin Franklin

Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.      

George Chapman

Let's get things straight.      


Making money selling manure is better than losing money selling musk.      

Egyptian (on buying and selling)

No legacy is as rich as honesty.      


Pay what you owe and what you're worth you'll know.      

Benjamin Franklin

Possession is nine tenths of the law.      


The best thing about telling the truth is...you don't have to remember what you said!      


The contented person can never be ruined.      

Chinese (on conscience)

The sting of a reproach is the truth of it.      

Benjamin Franklin

When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.      


You can fool people some of the time, but you can't fool them all of the time.      


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

Abraham Lincoln

If you have integrity nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity nothing else matters.     

Alan K. Simpson

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.     

Albert Einstein

An honest man's the noblest work of God.     

Alexander Pope

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


One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue.     

Billy Joel

Honest hearts produce honest actions.     

Brigham Young

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

Charles Spurgeon

Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Be true to your work your word and your friend.     

Henry David Thoreau

He that loseth his honesty hath nothing else to lose.     

John Lyly

The true measure of life is not length, but honesty.     

John Lyly

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess.     

Josh Billings

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.     

Kin Hubbard

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

Leo Tolstoy

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Marcus Aurelius

Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mary Kay Ash

Truth allows you to live with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are. Let it be the Truth.     

Oprah Winfrey

Honesty does not always bring a response of love, but it is absolutely essential to it.     

Ray Blanton

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.     

Salman Rushdie

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.     

Sigmund Freud

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.     


Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.     

Thomas Jefferson

Science adjusts its views based on what's observed Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.     

Tim Minchin

A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.     

William Blake

No legacy is so rich as honesty.     

William Shakespeare

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

Zig Ziglar