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27 Honesty Quotes That Make You Think

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Here are 27 mind-bending and amazing honesty quotes that will stimulate the mind and compel you to stop, think, and consider.

So if you are ready for some deep thinking and maybe a little gentle discussion with your friends, here is, my collection of 27 honest quotes to stir the mind.

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“Honesty is the cruelest game of all because not only can you hurt someone – and hurt them to the bone – you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time.”

 – Dave Van Ronk

“I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.”

 – George Bernard Shaw

“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”

 – H.L. Mencken

“Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.”

 – Stephen Leacock

Honesty Quotes That Make You Think

There Are Three Types Of Honesty.

  1. The first type of honesty is the honesty of intention.
  2. The second type of honesty is the honesty of the tongue.
  3. The third type of honesty is the honesty of actions.

“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” 

 – Richard Bach

“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

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

 – Norman Vincent Peale

“To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable, we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.”

Edward R. Murrow

Honesty Quotes That Make You Think


According to a study done by the University of Notre Dame, telling the truth can improve your health. The study found that telling fewer lies per week improved both mental health and physical health.

Participants who told fewer or no lies reported fewer complaints, such as feeling tense and having headaches, compared to the control group, which was allowed to continue lying.

Telling the truth isn’t only good for your soul, it’s good for your body too!

 “Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence.” 

– Lemuel K. Washburn

“Men are as we have always known them, neither better nor worse from the hearts of rogues there springs a latent honesty, from the depths of honest men there emerges a brutish appetite – a thirst for extermination, a desire for blood.” 

 – Frederica Montseny

 “The most important thing in acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” 

  – George Burns

“Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread.” 

 – Josh Billings

Honesty Quotes That Make You Think


Research shows that Americans lie 11 times a week on average. That’s a little over one lie per day.

“The person who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as the honesty. Possibly more.” 

 – Richard J. Needham

“I believe in accessibility. I believe in honesty and a culture that supports that. And you can’t have that if you’re not open to receiving feedback.” 

 – Mindy Grossman

“I think there’s a form of honesty because I used to be very honest with the press, and then it backfired on me, and I understood it.” 

  – Shia LaBeouf

“Half the truth is often a whole lie.”

 –  Benjamin Franklin 

Honesty Quotes That Make You Think


60% of people lie at least once in ten-minute conversations, according to a study published in the Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

According to the research, people do this because they want to be likable and viewed as competent. This means that during even a brief conversation, someone’s probably telling a lie or two.

“Every lie is two lies, the lie we tell others and the lie we tell ourselves to justify it.” 

 – Robert Brault  

“If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty because I wouldn’t say I’m African American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.”

  – Rachel Dolezal

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

 – Khaled Hosseini

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

 – Noel Coward

Honesty Quotes That Make You Think


Our brains adapt to lying, which can actually cause us to lie more as time goes on. According to “The Slippery Slope of Dishonesty,” published in Nature Neuroscience, lies can grow over time.

What they call “self-serving dishonesty” increases the more we do it, and as such, these lies can grow larger and larger. Lying is like a plant; the more you feed it, the larger it grows.

“For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.”

 – Charles Baudelaire

“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.”

 – Mark Twain

“After the war, there will be a revolution in the United States, and presumably elsewhere, coming at a time of profound economic dislocation.”

 – Leon Trotsky

In Summary

I hope the 27 honesty quotes promoted some lively discussions and made you think about your own life and honesty levels. Remember always to be true to yourself and live the life you planned to live.

However, there are also many other articles and quotes on this website that may help to motivate you. But to give you a boost, there are a few links to related articles below.

A proud father of two boys, an amateur actor, and a green living enthusiast, Mark has been sharing hints, tips, and sustainable living content on his website Sustainability Dad since august 2019.

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