Quotations About / On: HONESTY

  • 1.
    I think the greatest rogues are they who talk most of their honesty.
    (Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. Undecimus Scott, The Three Clerks, vol. 3, ch. xxiv, London, Bentley (1858).)
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  • 2.
    Party honesty is party duty, and party courage is party expediency.
    (Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), U.S. president. Horace Samuel Merrill, Bourbon Leader: Grover Cleveland and the Democratic Party, ch. 7 (1957).)
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  • 3.
    I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Broadcast, July 11, 1932.)
  • 4.
    Honesty is a selfish virtue. Yes I am honest enough.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1903), originally published as Things As They Are 1950. "Q.E.D.," bk. 1, Fernhurst, Q.E.D., and Other Early Writings, Liveright (1971).)
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  • 5.
    He that fails in his endeavours after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, eds. W.J. Bate, John M. Bullitt, and L.F. Powell, 1963). Adventurer, no. 99 (October 16, 1753).)
  • 6.
    Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Illusions," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 7.
    Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.
    (Laura Riding (1901-1991), U.S. poet. Selected Poems: In Five Sets, preface (1975).)
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  • 8.
    To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
    (John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Time and Tide, letter 8 (1867).)
  • 9.
    For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. "My Heart Laid Bare," sct. 97, Intimate Journals (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. by Don Bachardy (1989).)
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  • 10.
    Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 3, l. 63-4.)
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