Honesty Sayings and Quotes

While it may not always be comfortable, telling the truth is the best policy. There’s no need to remember a story or keep track of a lie if you’re honest from the beginning. Save yourself the headache with the collection of wise and insightful honesty quotes below.


A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.      

Tagalog (Filipino) (on conscience)

A fair exchange is no robbery.      

Scottish Proverb

A friend's eye is a good mirror.      

Gaelic (on friendship)

A loan though old is not a gift.     

Hungarian (on indebtedness)

A man who never made a mistake, never made anything.      

unknown

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Avoid dishonest gain: no price can recompence the pangs of vice.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.      

Julius Caesar (c.102-44 BC)

Dally not with other folk's spouses or money.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Don't pretend to be something you aren't.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Don't take any wooden nickels.      

American (on authenticity)

Following the path of least resistence is what makes both men and rivers crooked.      

unknown - thanks to Brian Fierling

From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.      

Jesus Christ

Half the truth is often a whole lie.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

He that first cries out "stop thief" is often he that has stolen the treasure.      

William Congreve (1670-1729)

He that steals an egg will steal an ox.      

George Herbert (1593-1633)

Honesty is the best policy.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

It is better to suffer for truth than to prosper by falsehood.      

Danish (on comparable worth)

Keep conscience clear, then never fear.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.      

George Chapman (c.1559-1634)

Let's get things straight.      

unknown

Making money selling manure is better than losing money selling musk.      

Egyptian (on buying and selling)

No legacy is as rich as honesty.      

unknown

Pay what you owe and what you're worth you'll know.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Possession is nine tenths of the law.      

unknown

The best thing about telling the truth is...you don't have to remember what you said!      

unknown, thanks to Georgie Bee

The contented person can never be ruined.      

Chinese (on conscience)

The sting of a reproach is the truth of it.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.      

Yiddish

You can fool people some of the time, but you can't fool them all of the time.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)