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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 ]

An honest man's the noblest work of God.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 247)

An honest man is the noblest work of God.
      - Proverb

It would be an unspeakable advantage, both to the public and private, if men would consider that great truth, that no man is wise or safe but he that is honest.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

The honester the man, the worse luck.
      - John Ray (Wray)

Honesty is good sense, politeness, amiableness,--all in one.
      - Samuel Richardson

Yet Heav'n, that made me honest, made me more
  Than ever king did, when he made a lord.
      - Nicholas Rowe, Jane Shore
         (act II, sc. 1, l. 261)

No man is bound to be rich or great,--no, nor to be wise; but every man is bound to be honest.
      - Sir Benjamin Rudyard

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
      - John Ruskin

Be true, and thou shalt fetter time with everlasting chain.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

An honest heart possesses a kingdom.
  [Lat., Mens regnum bona possidet.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes
         (CCCLXXX)

A right mind and generous affection hath more beauty and charms than all other symmetries in the world besides; and a grain of honesty and native worth is of more value than all the adventitious ornaments, estates, or preferments; for the sake of which some of the better sort so oft turn knaves.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

After all, the most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth; for all beauty is truth.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

An honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not.
      - William Shakespeare

For honesty coupled to beauty, is to have honey a sauce to sugar.
      - William Shakespeare

No legacy is so rich as honesty.
      - William Shakespeare

Rich honesty dwells like a miser, in a poor house, as your pearl in your foul oyster.
      - William Shakespeare

To be honest as this world goes is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.
      - William Shakespeare

What's the news?
  None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest,
    Then is doomsday near.
      - William Shakespeare

The honor of a maid is her name, and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Mariana at III, v)

Ay, sir. To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

(Hamlet:) What news?
  (Rosencrantz:) None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest.
    (Hamlet:) Then is doomsday near. But your news is not true.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet & Rosencrantz at II, ii)

There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats;
  For I am armed so strong in honesty
    That they pass by me as the idle wind
      Which I respect not.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, iii)

Take note, take note, O world,
  To be direct and honest is not safe.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at III, iii)

O my good lord,
  At many times I brought in my accounts,
    Laid them before you. You would throw them off
      And say you found them in mine honesty.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Steward at II, ii)

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Elizabeth at IV, iv)


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