115 Inspirational Honesty Quotes


Honesty is everything. It’s the foundation for our daily interaction with friends and colleagues. If the secret ingredient of honesty is missing, problems start to arise. It’s not always easy to know when someone is lying to you. However, you’ll develop a pretty good feeling about a person’s authenticity over time. There are people you can trust – people who have the confidence to tell you what they think, even if it’s uncomfortable. And then there are people who are nothing but dishonest. It’s not so much about people who are occasionally telling white lies but more so about those who are scrupulously manipulating others. To highlight the importance of honesty and the gift of being surrounded by honest individuals with integrity, the following list of honesty quotes was created. Enjoy reading. You may also like our list about powerful respect quotes.

Have you ever wondered how your life would change if you decided to be honest with every person you meet? This does not necessarily mean you have to be brutally honest and hurt other people’s feelings. It simply means that you are speaking the truth in a constructive, possibly even loving manner. What do you think would happen if you are honest about absolutely everything?

“Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”
Jess C. Scott

If you chose to be constructively honest, do you think people would give you a hard time? Do you think people would avoid you for telling the truth? Do you think being honest and telling the truth is more difficult than speaking your mind?

None of these questions can be answered with a general answer. When it comes to honesty, it largely depends on the person you’re dealing with. Numerous people even appreciate honesty – if it is constructive. They understand the value of someone who’s honest with them and does not beat around the bush. Self-confident people who are eager to grow as professionals and human beings likely fall under this category.

Honesty quotes

These are the honesty quotes that celebrate speaking the truth

At the same time, everyone appreciates honesty. Many people feel challenged by the truth and are likely to take offense by virtually anything that contrasts their opinions and views.

115 Inspirational Honesty Quotes

The beautiful aspect about honesty is the people have been battling with the very same questions for centuries. These individuals also had to ask themselves if they valued honesty and truth so much that it wouldn’t matter to them if people could deal with it or not. Luckily for us, many of these interesting individuals have put their thoughts to paper. In the following collection of honesty quotes, you can find quite a number of reasons why telling the truth is so important. Even more so, these powerful statements will encourage you to appreciate the true value of giving constructive criticism and being honest.

Here’s our collection of wise and powerful honesty quotes:


Honesty and wisdom

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


Standing up for honesty

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Winston Churchill


Truth and honesty

“One word of truth outweighs the world.”
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn


Speaking the honest truth

“Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky


Loving honesty

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


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

Honesty is telling the truth quote


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


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


“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde


“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.”
Edward R. Murrow


“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
Khaled Hosseini


“Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.”
Kent M. Keith


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


“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
George R.R. Martin


“You can’t lie to your soul.”
Irvine Welsh


“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder


“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.”
Leo Tolstoy


“Don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
Franz Kafka


“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
Mahatma Gandhi


“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”
George Washington


“You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.”
Alan Moore


“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.”
Abraham Lincoln


“Living with integrity means: Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension.”
Barbara De Angelis


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


“If you’re not honest with yourself, life will never be honest with you.”
Leigh Brackett


“Honesty, like any inclination, can become a ruling passion, a monomania almost.”
Sena Jeter Naslund


“I could never be a politician, I have a problem of too often being honest.”
Carl R White


“Boastfulness and excessive pride do not equate at all with humility and honesty, credibility and integrity.”
Angelica Hopes


“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.”
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn


“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner


“Before speaking, consult your inner-truth barometer, and resist the temptation to tell people only what they want to hear.”
Wayne W. Dyer


“Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.”
Warsan Shire


“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”
Marcus Aurelius


“Anything is better than lies and deceit!”
Leo Tolstoy


“The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”
Norman Vincent Peale


“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
Khaled Hosseini


“Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?”
John Steinbeck


“If an offense comes out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.”
Thomas Hardy


“It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.”
Rick Riordan


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


“But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth.”
Howard Zinn


“Truth builds trust.”
Marilyn Suttle


“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.”
Anne Frank


“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


“Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.”
Jane Austen


“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
Albert Einstein


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


“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
John F. Kennedy


“Aim not at being clever but at being true.”
Marty Rubin


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


“Selflessness. Humility. Truthfulness. These are the three marks of an honorable man.”
Suzy Kassem


“Your feelings wouldn’t get hurt if you were honest with yourself”
Tye Lewis


“Remember this: Seek the Truth. Once you find it hold on to it. Fight for it. Stand up for the truth even if you’re standing alone.”
Sara Francis


“Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one’s consciousness can permit the faking of existence.”
Ayn Rand


“As long as you’re honest and you articulate what you believe to be true, somebody somewhere will become your enemy whether you like it or not.”
Criss Jami


“Confidence in others’ honesty is no light testimony of one’s own integrity.”
Michel de Montaigne


“Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.”
St. Catherine of Siena


“To me, it’s worth getting offended by someone if it means I can trust that every word is their true opinion.”
Sarah Glidden


“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
Gordon A. Eadie


“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
Frederick Douglass


“Isn’t strength the ability to renounce every lie in your heart?”
Bisco Hatori


“Truth can only be seen by those with truth in them. He who does not have truth in his heart, will always be blind to her.”
Suzy Kassem


“Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”
Marcus Aurelius


“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.”
Lillian Hellman


“When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie.”
Criss Jami


“You should not honor men more than truth.”


“I would rather be damned by my honesty than caged by my lies.”
Omega Maverick


“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
Mark Twain


“The line between honesty and dishonesty is a narrow, shifting one and usually lets those get by that are the most subtle and already have more than they can use.”
Clarence Darrow


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


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


“Honesty is always the best policy, even when it’s not the trend.”
Sean Covey


“Staying silent is like a slow-growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself.”
Shannon L. Alder


“Dishonesty goes very far indeed to make a man of no value—a thing to be thrown out in the dust-hole of the creation, like a bit of broken basin, or dirty rag.”
George MacDonald


“The armor of falsehood is subtly wrought out of darkness, and hides a man not only from others, but from his own soul.”
E.M. Forster


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


“To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it.”
Leo Tolstoy


“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”
Dale Carnegie


“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain


“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
François de La Rochefoucauld


“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
Marcus Aurelius


“The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.”
Nadine Gordimer


“Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they’re honest about everything.”
Chuck Klosterman


“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
Flannery O’Connor


“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”
Edward Abbey


“No one believes a liar. Even when she’s telling the truth.”
Sara Shepard


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


“Integrity is doing what is right and truthful, and doing as you say you would do.”
Roy T. Bennett


“Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to mis-recognize the truth.”
DaShanne Stokes


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


“Unfortunately, in today’s world a liar seems to be more reliable than a truthful honest man.”
Munia Khan


“You are honest enough by nature to be able to see and judge your own self clearly – and that is a great thing. Never lose that honesty – always be honest with yourself.”
Enid Blyton


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


“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
Winston S. Churchill


“You’re only responsible for being honest, not for someone else’s reaction to your honesty.”
Kelli Jae Baeli


“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.”
Stephanie Klein


“Be bad, but at least don’t be a liar, a deceiver!”
Leo Tolstoy


“I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.”
George Washington


“Friends are honest with each other. Even if the truth hurts.”
Sarah Dessen


“Early in my career… I had to choose between honest arrogance and a hypercritical humility… I deliberately choose an honest arrogance, and I’ve never been sorry.”
Frank Lloyd Wright


“No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is vicious.”
Henry Adams


“Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance.”
Isaac Watts


“The main trouble with being an honest man was that it lost you all your illusions.”
James Jones


“Most often people seek in life occasions for persisting in their opinions rather than for educating themselves.”
André Gide


“If you are honest with yourself, your life will be so much more pleasant.”
Jessica Zafra


“Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.”
Thomas Carlyle


“A liar should have a good memory.”
T.M. Logan


“There’s more to honesty than an arrangement of words. They say faeries can’t lie, but you lie in your intentions, your attitude, your demeanor —”
Cassandra Clare


“The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
George Bernard Shaw


“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
Oscar Wilde


“The truth cuts like the sharpest knife I’ve ever known.”
Tomi Adeyemi


“In a world of lies and liars, an honest work of art is always an act of social responsibility.”
Robert McKee


“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”
Mahatma Gandhi


“One of the few things in life that cannot possibly do harm, in the end, is the honest pursuit of the truth.”
Peter Kreeft

I hope you enjoyed this collection of inspirational quotes about honesty.

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