Honesty, promise-keeping, truth

Honesty, promise-keeping, truth

The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give every man his due.
— Justinian I, Byzantine emperor (483-565)

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
— Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw), American humorist (1818-1885)

A promise made is a debt unpaid.
— Robert W. Service, American poet (1874-1958), in The Cremation of Sam McGee, 1907

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.
— Abraham Lincoln, 16th American president (1809-1865)

The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.
— Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), religious leader (b. 1920)

I have not observed mens honesty to increase with their riches.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to Jeremiah Moor, 1800

Honesty is not a policy, it is a state of mind.
— Eugene LHote, philosopher

Don’t tell your friends their social faults; they will cure the fault and never forgive you.
— Logan Pearsall Smith, American writer (1865-1946)

Frankness invites frankness.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, public philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

An overdose of praise is like 10 lumps of sugar in coffee; only a very few people can swallow it.
— Emily Post, American etiquette authority and author (1873-1960)

The pursuit of truth will set you free — even if you never catch up with it.
— Clarence Darrow, American lawyer (1857-1938)

Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths.
— Edgar A. Shoaff

All advertising, whether it lies in the field of business or of politics, will carry success by continuity and regular uniformity of application.
— Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany’s Third Reich (1889-1945)

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, youve got it made.
— Jean Giraudoux, French dramatist (1882-1944)

Regardless of the moral issue, dishonesty in advertising has proved very unprofitable.
— Leo Burnett, American advertising pioneer (1891-1971)

When all else fails, tell the truth.
— Donald T. Regan, American business executive, Treasury Secretary, chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan (1918-2003)

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.
— Edgar J. Mohn

If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.
— The Talmud

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.
— Jewish proverb

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive and realistic.
— John F. Kennedy, 20th-century American president (from the Yale Commencement address, 1962)

A belief is not true because it is useful.
— Henri Amiel, Swiss writer (1821-1881)

Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
— Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)

When somebody lies, somebody loses.
— Stephanie Ericsson, American writer (b. 1953)

Flattery makes friends, truth enemies.
— Spanish proverb

Lying can never save us from another lie.
— Vaclav Havel, Czech poet and political activist, first president of post-Communist Republic (b. 1936)

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready to call it falsehood tomorrow.
— William James, American philosopher and author (1842-1910)

Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against truth.
— Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist and essayist (1825-1895)

Speak what you feel, not what you ought to say.
— Speak what you feel, not what you ought to say.

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
— Andre Gide, French author (1869-1951)

Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them — that it was a vain endeavor?
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
— Unknown

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
— Charles de Gaulle, French general and president, founder of the Fifth Republic (1890-1970)

Loyalty oaths increase the number of liars.
— Noel Peattie

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.
— Albert Einstein, Swiss-American mathematician, physicist and public philosopher (1879-1955)

Who will protect the public when the police violate the law?
— Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General (b. 1927)

Whatever else may be shaken, there are some facts established beyond warring: virtue is better than vice, truth is better than falsehood, kindness than brutality.
— Quintin Hogg, English merchant and philanthropist (1845-1903)

The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men.
— J.C. Hare, English clergyman and writer (1796-1855)

Betrayal can only happen if you love.
— John Le Carre (David Cornwall), British author (b. 1931), from The Perfect Spy

It is more shameful to distrust ones friends than to be deceived by them.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French epigrammatist (1613-1680)

Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French epigrammatist (1613-1680)

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher (1712-1778)

More dangers have deceived men than forced them.
— Francis Bacon, English philosopher and essayist (1561-1626)

Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people’s vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.
— Janet Malcolm, American journalist and author (b. 1934), in The Journalist and the Murderer

How many times do you get to lie before you are a liar?
— Michael Josephson, American ethicist (b. 1942)

He who steals once is always a thief.
— Spanish proverb

Who lies for you will lie against you.
— Bosnian proverb

The truth needs so little rehearsal.
— Barbara Kingsolver, American writer

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet and educator (1807-1882)

A thief is a thief, whether he steals a diamond or a cucumber.
— Indian proverb

The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.
— Indian proverb

The most faithful mirror is an old friend.
— Spanish proverb