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27 Quotes About Honesty, Integrity, Authenticity, And Genuineness

In this world, authenticity, honesty, and integrity are highly valued and are key to becoming successful. Allow these quotes to guide you, and you will become successful too.

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“If we attach more importance to what other people believe than to what we know to be true – if we value belonging over being – we will not attain authenticity.”

 – Nathaniel Branden

“Honesty is telling the truth to ourselves and others. Integrity is living that truth.”

–  Kenneth H. Blanchard

“Be your authentic self. Your authentic self is who you are when you have no fear of judgment, or before the world starts pushing you around and telling you who you’re supposed to be. Your fictional self is who you are when you have a social mask on to please everyone else. Give yourself permission to be your authentic self.”

 – Dr. Phil

“There is one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says ‘yes’, you know he is crooked.”

 – Groucho Marx

Quotes about honesty, integrity, authenticity and genuineness

The word integrity comes from the Latin word integritas which means whole, complete and entire. Disintegration is a powerful opposite defined as destroying unity or breaking into parts.

The first step to living with integrity and authenticity is the “knowing thyself” component of integrity.

“Pretentiousness repels but authenticity attracts, and vulnerability is the pathway to intimacy.”

 – Rick Warren

“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” 

Confucious

“Always do your best to be yourself. Learn to listen to your inner-voice. This is your true authenticity; this is who you really are. Self-discovery of your inner-self is the path to your destiny.”

 – James A. Murphy

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”

 – William Faulkner

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Being Authentic means that there is nothing false or copied. Everything is genuine and real built upon a background or origin of verified, supported, and unquestionable evidence.

Being authentic means that you will always act in ways that show your true whole self without any hint of deception.

An authentic person is transparent and confident  with a hint of vulnerability and open to criticism.

“Authenticity inspire respect because it takes courage to own who you really are.”

 – Arlene Dickinson

“I find more of an authenticity in people who are a little strange – so I really like characters who are just the tiniest bit weird. I find enormous comfort in that – someone who’s kind of normal just doesn’t feel as true.”

 – Missi Pyle

“If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.”

 – Brene Brown

“When you’re dishonest with yourself, you’re disconnected from reality. You’re going to make poor decisions. You’re going to drop out of the moment and you’re going to be less happy and you’re going to be wrong.”

 – Naval Ravikant

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“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.”

 – William Shakespeare

“Authenticity is everything! You have to wake up every day and look in the mirror, and you want to be proud of the person who’s looking back at you. And you can only do that if you’re being honest with yourself and being a person of high character. You have an opportunity every single day to write that story of your life.”

 – Aaron Rodgers

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

 – George Washington

“You cannot fail at being yourself. A cat doesn’t try to be a tiger, and you shouldn’t try to be something you aren’t. You are a process, not a product. Your job is to discover what you are and create that creature. You still won’t be perfect, but success isn’t about perfection–it is about authenticity. You are a success if you are being your real, authentic self.”

 – Bernie Siegel

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Integrity includes but goes beyond honesty. Honesty is telling the truth — in other words, conforming our words to reality.

Integrity is conforming reality to our words — in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations. This requires an integrated character, oneness, primarily with self but also with life.

“And that’s what authenticity is: it’s a choice to be real.
We have that choice every moment of our lives. We can choose to be real and authentic, or we can choose to be inauthentic and to live a lie.”

 – Ora Nadrich

“Authentic brands don’t emerge from marketing cubicles or advertising agencies. They emanate from everything the company does.”

 – Howard Schultz

“We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.”

Roy T. Bennett

“If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won’t like you. It may not be easy, but it’s essential if you want your life to reflect your deepest desires, values, and needs.”

 – Cheryl Richardson

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President Lincoln is lauded for his integrity, particularly regarding his management of the Civil War. All his decisions sprang from his belief that maintaining the American form of government, as expressed through the Union, was vital. His refusal to deal with dishonest people was just an extension of that natural integrity.

“Life isn’t about being strong or pretending we are strong to impress others. It takes courage to be authentic with our feelings and acknowledge that real strength comes from recognizing our moments of weakness.”

 – Yong Kang Chan

“If you keep hiding your true self, your life becomes like slow death. Once you become free from the lies and the hiding of yourself, then life becomes vibrant again.”

 – Ziggy Marley

In Summary

I hope the 27 quotes displaying the properties of honesty, authenticity, and integrity have inspired you and encouraged some self-reflection.

 There are many other articles and quotes on this website to help and inspire you. But to give you a boost, here are a few links to related articles. 

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

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