Trustworthiness

Quotations: Trustworthiness

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.)

The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.
— A.E. Housman, British poet and scholar (1859-1936)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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 an egg will steal a camel.
— Arab proverb

Lying and stealing are next-door neighbors.
— Arab proverb

I would have been better pleased if you had never made such promises than that you should have made them and not performed them.
— Chief Shingwaukonse (“Little Pine”), Native American leader of the Ojibway community (1790-1854)

It is an equal failing to trust everybody and to trust nobody.
— English proverb

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
— Mark Twain, American writer (1835-1910)

Honesty makes you rich, but she works slowly.
— German Proverb

Trust people and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.
— Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-1886)

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

There is no disgrace in honest labor.
— American 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

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

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.
— Japanese Proverb

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)

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.
— Henry L. Stimson, American statesman (1867-1950)

A good reputation is something you must pay for, but you can never buy.
— African proverb

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

We’re all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.
— GK Chesterton, English writer (1874-1936)

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.
— Chinese proverb

Avoid suspicion: when you’re walking through your neighbor’s melon patch, don’t tie your shoe.
— Chinese proverb

When people plant corn they are saying, let’s stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.
— Anne Raver, writer, environmentalist

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

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