Trust, deception, betrayal

Quotations: Trust, deception, betrayal

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
— Immanuel Kant, Prussian geographer and philosopher (1724-1804)

The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying.
— Thomas Henry Huxley, English evolutionist (1825-1895)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Men’s minds are too ready to excuse guilt in themselves.
— Titus Livius, Roman historian and philosopher (59 BC-AD 17)

We are never more true to ourselves than when we are inconsistent.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish wit and author (1854-1900)

Ones real life is often the life that one does not lead.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish wit and author (1854-1900)

The liars punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
— George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit (1856-1950)

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

If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, anger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes.
— Sir Thomas More in the movie A Man For All Seasons (1966, screenplay by Robert Bolt)

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)

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)

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

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough.
— Frank Crane, minister, speaker, columnist (1861-1928)

Charity never made poor, stealing never made rich, and wealth never made wise.
— English Proverb

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is – “Let there be truth between us two for evermore.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

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

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

A single penny fairly got is worth a thousand that are not.
— German proverb

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
— Ethiopian proverb

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
— Portuguese proverb

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
— William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (1564-1616)

If you damage the character of another person, you damage your own.
— Yoruba proverb

It is better to be loved than feared.
— Senegalese 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

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If people speak or act with evil thoughts, pain follows them. If people speak or act with pure thoughts, happiness follows them, like a shadow that never leaves them.
— Siddhartha Gautama, spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563 – 483 BCE