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SINCERITY
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[ Also see Affectation Candor Earnestness Enthusiasm Fidelity Honesty Insincerity Simplicity Truth ]

Even when exercising their greatest duplicity, women are always sincere because they are yielding to some natural feeling.
      - Honore de Balzac

Private sincerity is a public welfare.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Loss of sincerity is loss of vital power.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee,
        Summaries of Thought--Sincerity

A silent, great soil; he was one of those who cannot but be in earnest; whom Nature herself has appointed to be sincere.
      - Thomas Carlyle

I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Sincerity is the most compendious wisdom.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Sincerity w the most compendious wisdom, an excellent instrument for the speedy despatch of business. It creates confidence in those we have to deal with, saves the labor of many inquiries, and brings things to an issue in few words.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The whole faculties of man must be exerted in order to call forth noble energies; and he who is not earnestly sincere lives in but half his being, self-mutilated, self-paralyzed.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

You can play a shoestring if you're sincere.
      - John Coltrane

Faithfulness and sincerity first of all.
      - Confucius

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
      - Confucius

The superior man * * * in regard to his speech * * * is anxious that it should be sincere.
      - Confucius

Never apologize for showing feeling. My friend, remember that when you do so you apologize for truth.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Truth and fidelity are the pillars of the temple of the world; when these are broken, the fabric falls, and crushes all to pieces.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Her words are trusty heralds to her mind.
      - John Ford

Of all the evil spirits abroad at his hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education

A silent address is the genuine eloquence of sincerity.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Frank sincerity, though no invited guest, is free to all, and brings his welcome with him.
      - William Havard

Don't be "consistent," but be simply true.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

I think you will find that people who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be "consistent."
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Sincerity,
  Thou first of virtues, let no mortal leave
    Thy onward path, although the earth should gape,
      And from the gulf of hell destruction rise,
        To take dissimulation's winding way.
      - Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, Lord Home

Those who love with purity consider not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.
      - Thomas a Kempis

It is with sincere affection or friendship as with ghosts and apparitions,--a thing that everybody talks of, and scarce any hath seen.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Sincerity is an openness of heart; it is found in a very few people, and that which we see commonly is not it, but a subtle dissimulation, to gain the confidence of others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Weak persons cannot be sincere.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld


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