Quotations About / On: HONESTY
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).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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.)