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.