165 Honesty Quotes

Honesty is contagious and it starts with you. Get Inspired by these honesty quotes!

You’ve probably heard time and time again that honesty pays. Being truthful and transparent shows that you have integrity and morals. Dishonesty, lies, and deceit only wreak havoc on relationships and make an individual less trustworthy. Honesty is a strong foundation upon which healthy relationships are built.

What are the habits that make one dishonest? Telling lies, cheating, stealing concealing the truth, and even telling half the truth are all considered dishonest behaviors. However, there are some situations where people may argue that it is okay to lie to others. It is important to understand that what is done in the dark very often comes to light- which means that the truth will eventually come out (more likely than unlikely).

If you’ve been dishonest to someone or people you care about, you can rebuild trust by, firstly, acknowledging that yourself that you’re wrong. Secondly, sincerely apologize for your wrongdoing and tell the truth. Then, validate their response, and most importantly- be honest going forward.

So, what do you do when you feel that your trust has been betrayed? It can be quite hard to trust a person again they have been dishonest but it is possible. Take some time to process it but don’t make excuses for their behavior. Let them know how it made you feel and be open to forgiveness. Whether you want to keep them in your life or not is a personal choice but it is worth considering if they show a willingness to do better and be honest.

In this article, we’ve curated 165 inspirational quotes about honesty.

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1.  “Honesty is the best policy.” ―Benjamin Franklin,

2. “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” ― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well  

3. “Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.” ―William Shakespeare

4. “Don’t ever regret being honest. Period.”― Taylor Swift 

5. “A half truth is a whole lie.” ―Yiddish Proverb

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6. “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ―Thomas Jefferson

7. “It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.” ― Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid 

8. “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” ― James E. Faust

9. “Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

10. “Anything is better than lies and deceit!”― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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11. “Honesty is a very expensive gift, Don’t expect it from cheap people.”― Warren Buffett

12. “Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”― Thomas Jefferson

13. “You should not honor men more than truth.”― Plato

14. “Honest people don’t hide their deeds.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

15. “Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?”― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

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16. “Love is honesty. Love is a mutual respect for one another.”― Simone Elkeles, Leaving Paradise

17. “When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie.”― Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

18. “It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.”― Victor Hugo

19. “Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”― Jess C. Scott, Bad Romance: Seven Deadly Sins Anthology

20. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”― Dr. SeussHorton Hatches the Egg

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21. “Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.”― Mark Twain

22. “Is it true; is it kind, or is it necessary?”― Socrates, Essential Thinkers – Socrates

23. “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”― Virginia Woolf

24. “Hard to trust honesty of inconsistent person.”― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

25. “Most of what I say is complete truth. My edit button is broken.”― Myra McEntire, Hourglass

26. “The first step towards greatness is to be honest.” – Proverb

27.  “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” ― Sigmund Freud

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28. “Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” ― Confucius

29. “I know a lie when I hear one.”― Adrian Mitchel

30. “Full stories are as rare as honesty.”― Zadie Smith, White Teeth

31. “Gimme an honest frown over a false smile, any day.”― Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

32. “It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.”― Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

33. “What a fool honesty is.”― William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale

34. . “Honesty has a power that very few people can handle.” ― Steven Aitchison

35. “Honesty is always good, except when it’s better to lie. ”― James Patterson

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36. “Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.” —  Benjamin Disraeli

37. “Accuracy is twin brother to honesty, and inaccuracy to dishonesty.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne

38. “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” —  Mahatma Gandhi

39. “People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense.” ― Ben Carson

40. “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.” ― Warren Buffett

41. “The truth brings no man a fortune.” —  Jean Jacques Rousseau

42. “Friendship is not threatened by honest criticism. It is strengthened.”— Charles Swindoll

43. “If you’re not honest with yourself, how can you be truly honest with anyone else?” — Paul Williams, Gratitude and Trust

44. “Honesty is one of the most important parts of any marriage.” — Amanda Thompson, The Perfect Husband For Your Wife – You!

45. “Honesty pays, but it don’t seem to pay enough to suit some people.” — Frank McKinney

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46. “I never lie. I believe everything I say, so it’s not a lie.”― Mark Wahlberg

47.  “The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest.” ― Dalai Lama

48. “If the truth shall kill them, let them die.”—  Ayn Rand

49. “The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it.” —  Remy de Gourmont,

50. “The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth.” —  Hermann Hesse

51. “From error to error one discovers the entire truth.”—  Sigmund Freud

52. “The truth needs so little rehearsal.”― Barbara Kingsolver

53. “Honesty is something you can’t wear out.” ― Waylon Jennings

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54. “The life of an honest man must be a perpetual infidelity.” ― Charles Peguy

55. “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”— Benjamin Franklin

56. “Shamelessness is not the same as honesty.”― James Poniewozik

57. “Maybe my expectations for honesty are too high.”― Kelley Armstrong, The Calling

58. “Honesty, for me, is usually the worst policy imaginable.”― Patricia Highsmith

59. “Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.” C. S. Lewis

60. “Honesty: what a refreshing slap in the face it is.”― Timothy M. Brenner

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61. “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” Elvis Presley

62. When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.” Bill Copeland

63.“You can’t lie to your soul.”― Irvine Welsh, Porno

64. “Honesty does not always bring a response of love, but it is absolutely essential to it.” Ray Blanton

65. “Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

66. “The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.” ―Abu Bakr

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67. “Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” ― Spencer Johnson

68.“Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur.”— Zig Ziglar

69. “Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door.” — Vernon Howard

70. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” — Henry David Thoreau


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71. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”― Albert Einstein

72. “Do Not Lie to Yourself. We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.”― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

73. “The only time you seem honest is when you’re insulting someone!”

“The only honest things I can say to you are insults.”― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

74. “The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies.”― Laurell K. Hamilton, Micah

75. “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”― James E. Faust

76. “We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.”― Robert Louis Stevenson

77. “To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.”― Charles Dickens

78. “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” ― Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit

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79. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”― Abraham Lincoln

80. “To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.”― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

81. “Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometimes so by chance.”― William ShakespeareThe Winter’s Tale

82. “Yeah, it never fails to amaze me how a single lie can undo an entire lifetime of good. (Aiden)”― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Upon the Midnight Clear

83. “Honesty will guide you to goodness, and goodness will invite you to heaven.”― Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

84. “I’m not mean, I’m honest. Nobody is ever straightforward. But sometimes people need to hear the truth.”― Jessica Warman, Breathless

85. “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”― Mahatma Gandhi

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86. “I would rather be damned by my honesty, than caged by my lies.”― Omega Maverick, Gothic Inferno

87. “I think honesty is the most heroic quality one can aspire to.”― Daniel Radcliffe

88. “You’re only responsible for being honest, not for someone else’s reaction to your honesty.” ― Kelli Jae Baeli, ISO (In Search Of): The Art of Dating, Relationships & Sex for the Discerning Lesbian

89.  “I never say the things I really want to. If I did, I’d have no friends.” ― Chelsea Handler, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

90. “There are honest people in the world, but only because the devil considers their asking prices ridiculous.”― Peter S. Beagle, A Fine and Private Place

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91. “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he’s crooked.”― Mark Twain

92. “You can’t let the truth bring out the worst and let it get the best of you.”― Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

93. “Honesty is always the best policy, even when it’s not the trend.” ― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: The Ultimate Teenage Success Guide

94. “You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too.”― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

95. “I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest heart. Which isn’t being pious. Just practical. Cancer may cool you, but the other’s sure to.” ― Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories

96. “Magic is the only honest profession. A magician promises to deceive you and he does.”― Karl Germain

97. “She was one of those people who are irrevocably, incurably honest and therefore both inflexible and vulnerable at the same time.”― Azar Nafisi

98. “Honesty whispers, “Don’t get pricked by the thorns of lie.”― Angelica Hopes

99. “When you walk a life of honesty, you live a life of truth.” ― Therese Benedict

100.  “The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” —David Foster Wallace

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101.“If you want to have a healthy mind, you must feed your mind with truth.” —Rick Warren

102. “If a man asks me for my loyalty…I will give him my honesty. If a man asks me for my honesty…I will give him my loyalty!”― John Boyd

103. “It’s better to be sworn to an honest fool than to a lying scholar”― Christopher Paolini, Eldest

104. “Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.” — Nadine Gordimer

105. “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have.” — Oprah Winfrey

106. “We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.” ― Roy Bennett

107. “If you don’t care for obscenity, you don’t care for the truth.”― Tim O’Brien

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108. “You surely remember your past when you rebuke me in honesty.”― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

109. “I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth–then shut up.”― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

110. “If you lose your integrity, you will also lose your identity, your sensitivity, and your dignity. Integrity is honesty, modesty, and security in all kinds of weather. It should be our priority!”― Israelmore Ayivor

111. “What is better: uncomfortable truth or comfortable lies? Every truth is a kindness, even if it makes others uncomfortable. Every untruth is an unkindness, even if it makes others comfortable.”—Liz Gilbert”

112. “Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.” ― Stephen Covey

113. “She asked if I loved another woman, so I answered honestly and said, “Dinner was great, but I could go for dessert.”― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

114. “The true measure of life is not length, but honesty.” ― John Lyly

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115. “She’d tried her hand at most things, but drew the line at honesty.”― Roddy Doyle, Yeats Is Dead!: A Mystery by 15 Irish Writers

116. “It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.” — Mahatma Gandhi

117. “It helps people to become honest when they are treated as honest.” — Elijah Mcleon, New Light, New Life, New You!

118. “Honesty is perhaps just as important a factor in one’s communication skills as trust.” — Ross Elkins, Business: Golden Nugget Methods for High Effectiveness

119. “Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.” —Herbert Hoover

120. “There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.” —  Voltaire

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121. “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” — Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the U.K.

122. “All great truths begin as blasphemies.” —  George Bernard Shaw

123. “Honesty is a fine foundation from which to build upon; for if one was to really know what another thinks and how they feel…they would surely treat each other differently.”― Jeremy Aldana

124. “Honesty, truth and decency all link together- by loving all of these, we can improve our families, communities and our society.” Estella Eliot, Positively Christian

125. “Simple honesty of purpose in a man goes a long way in life, if founded on a just estimate of himself and a steady obedience to the rule he knows and feels to be right.” ― Samuel Smiles

126. “Brutal, inner honesty… The three scariest words on the planet, and yet, at the same time, the very KEY that unlocks all the doors.” Ken Dahl, Honesty: The Final Frontier

127. “There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.”― Charles Dickens

128. “An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.” ― Mark Twain Quotes

129. “No such thing as a man willing to be honest – that would be like a blind man willing to see.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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130. “Even if I am not the honestest type in the world I don’t want to lie more than is average.”― Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March

131. “Yes, the truth may hurt but lies will become a crutch and will cripple you.” – Stephen T. Scott, Wings To Fly 

132. ” The truth makes all things complete, it brings things to fulfillment, and it brings thing to an end. It completes the circle of life and reality.” – E. B. Staples, What Is the Truth?

133. “For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.” — Aristotle

134. “I have always noticed that people will never laugh at anything that is not based on truth.” —  Will Rogers,

135. “All kinds of frankness and honesty are terrible crimes in the eyes of society.”— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

136. “Honesty is the key to unlock the door to trust and genuine connection. It lays the foundation for meaningful relationships and personal growth.” – Jeremiah Say

137. “Too much honesty makes you sound insincere.”― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

138. “It is not always a problem finding the truth, it is however sometimes a problem accepting it.”― Sunny-Drunk

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139. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” ― Albert Einstein

140. “The most boring thing in the entire world is nudity. The second most boring thing is honesty.”— Chuck Palahniuk

141.“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”— Ernest Hemingway

142. “When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand

143. “You lie once.. you lie for the rest of your life… and in quest of proving your innocence.. you pledge your honesty with utter lies…. !!!”― Abhijeet Sawant, Aapka Abhijeet

144. “There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.”— Ronald Reagan

145. “Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud.”— Ayn Rand

146.“Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.”— Bell Hooks

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147. “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” —  Arthur Schopenhauer

148. “Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.”— Zig Ziglar

149. “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”— Eleanor Roosevelt

150. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.” —  Aldοus Huxley

151. “You say be honest, but honestly you don’t want honesty”― William Perry

152. Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying. ― Fred Rogers

153. “No human being can be so honest as to become completely false.”― Yukio Mishima

154. “Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.” ― Mary Kay Ash

155. “When corruption is the priority, honesty becomes evil.”― Kangoma Kindembo

156. “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.”― Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History

157. “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty.” ― Zig Ziglar

158. “There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite.” —Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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159. “There is no glory in honesty if it is destructive. And no shame in dishonesty if its goal is to offer grace.”― M.J. Rose, Lying In Bed

160. “People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.” — George R.R. Martin

161. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” Henry David Thoreau

162. “If you are honest with yourself, your life will be so much more pleasant.”― Jessica Zafra, The 500 People You Meet in Hell

163. “I’d rather have a cup of coffee and a cigarette than live in all that honesty.”―  Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster

164. “To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself; that, my friend, is very hard to do.” ― Bruce Lee

165. “Honesty is telling the truth to ourselves and others. Integrity is living that truth.” ― Kenneth H. Blanchard


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