act of dishonesty has at least two victims: the one we think
as the victim, and the perpetrator as well. Each
little dishonesty makes
another little rotten spot somewhere in the perpetrator's
The first step
toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb;
but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough.
Honesty is not only "the first step toward
greatness,"--it is greatness itself.
is no well-defined boundary between honesty and dishonesty.
The frontiers of one blend with the outside limits of the
they who attempt to tread this dangerous ground may be
sometimes in one domain and sometimes in the other.
Several things help us let go and live, including
honesty and openness. I
am totally honest in the way I live.
I canít control what someone else
does; I canít
make him or her change.
All I can create is my own
I can say that someone did something that made me
uncomfortable, but then I let it go.
-Anne Wilson Schaef
trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with
the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real
is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.
is the cornerstone of all success, without which
confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
and courageous people have very little to say about either
their courage or their honesty. The sun has no need to boast
of his brightness, nor the moon of her effulgence.
discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty
and how few by deceit.
|Our lives improve only when we take chances--and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be
honest with ourselves.
Slander cannot destroy an honest
person--when the flood recedes the rock is there.
the world honest
before we can
honestly say to our children that
honesty is the
best policy. -George
|Honesty is the first chapter in the
book of wisdom.
Make yourself an honest person, and then
you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
and transparency make you
vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.
is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
ourselves that we want to implant "honesty" in our
children; what we really want is to imbue them with our particular
kind of dishonesty, with our culture's dishonesty, our class's
dishonesty, our cult's dishonesty. -Sidney
would replace the quality of sincerity with honesty, since one can
hold a conviction sincerely without examining it, while honesty
would require that one subject one's convictions to frequent
scrutiny. -Christopher Phillips
is a person's most valuable asset. His or her good name, good
reputation, and good word depend on the individual's quality of
honesty. A business that operates under the principles of profound
honesty is elevated within the community. It is respected and
treasured. The absence of honesty is a liability to an individual
or business. -James H. Merkel and Abdul
meaning of honesty seems to have changed. An element of
grace once existed that helped separate honesty from permission to
Now honesty for some people means saying whatever is
on their minds, regardless of whom it may hurt.
These people preface their comments with, "I
hope you won't get mad at me," "Please don't think I'm
being critical," "Don't mind if I'm honest,"
"I'll be candid with you"--and then they insult you.
Honesty requires more thought than an insult.
Most of us think faster than we can talk, so many ideas that flash
in our minds never reach our tongues. Thank goodness!
People are able to act their best when they feel
valued. Honesty in the form of insults or criticism wears
If honesty means being insensitive, check your
An honest insult may not be as honest as you think.
James, Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
me tell you a secret, which ought not to be a secret, seeing it is
written in the Scriptures--be honest and your whole body will be
full of light; and this of every kind; you will actually see
further and see clearer than shrewd and cunning men, and you will
be less liable to be duped than they, provided that your honesty
be combined with a determination to protect honesty, and to
discountenance every kind of brand.
line of honesty is so differently drawn by different persons, that
one would be led to think that there was an honesty in the
abstract. Practical honesty, however, in the strictest
sense, will always be the object of those who wish to settle a
just account with themselves. -William
plain truth is that honesty is critical to the moral fiber of
every individual. Experts agree that people who are honest
feel better about themselves. They are able to enjoy
stronger friendships, are more successful in school and in other
pursuits and, in the long run, have deeper, happier marriages. It
is from honesty that so many other desirable traits spring
forth. -Betsy Brown Braun
people are never touchy about the matter of being trusted.
is an honesty which is but decided selfishness in disguise.
The person who will not refrain from expressing his or her
sentiments and manifesting his or her feelings, however unfit the
time, however inappropriate the place, however painful this
expression may be, lays claim, forsooth, to our approbation as an
honest person, and sneers at those of finer sensibilities as
hypocrites. -Arthur Helps
without compassion and understanding is not honesty, but subtle
hostility. -Rose N. Franzblau
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