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HONESTY
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[ Also see Bribery Candor Corruption Dishonesty Equity Equivocation Fidelity Frankness Honor Integrity Morality Public Trust Right Sincerity Truth ]

Plain and not honest is too harsh a style.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Elizabeth at IV, iv)

Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Autolycus at IV, iv)

We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
      - George Bernard Shaw

It should seem that indolence itself would incline a person to be honest, as it requires infinitely greater pains and contrivance to be a knave.
      - William Shenstone

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
      - Tom Stoppard

I like people to be saints; but I want them to be first and superlatively honest men.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Integrity gains strength by use.
      - John Tillotson

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        A Mysterious Visit

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
      - George Washington,
        in a speech to the Constitutional Convention

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an "Honest Man."
      - George Washington, Moral Maxims

Were there no heaven nor hell
  I should be honest.
      - John Webster, Duchess of Malfi
         (act I, sc. I)

"Honesty is the best policy," but he who acts on that principle is not an honest man.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately,
        Thoughts and Apthegms
         (pt. II, ch. XVIII, Pious Frauds)

Nothing really succeeds which is not based on reality; sham, in a large sense, is never successful. In the life of the individual, as in the more comprehensive life of the State, pretension is nothing and power is everything.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

The man who is so conscious of the rectitude of his intentions as to be willing to open his bosom to the inspection of the world is in possession of one of the strongest pillars of a decided character. The course of such a man will be firm and steady, because he has nothing to fear from the world, and is sure of the approbation and support of heaven.
      - William Wirt

How happy is he born and taught
  That serveth not another's will;
    Whose armour is his honest thought,
      And simple truth his utmost skill.
      - Sir Henry Wotton,
        The Character of a Happy Life


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