Being honest is the right thing to do, but it is seldom the easy choice. Sometimes being honest can make you appear brutal whilst a soft lie shows you to be caring and empathetic. That is why we have the phrases “Truth Hurts” and “It’s only a little white lie.”
However, the truth is that a white lie is still a lie, and set against the hard truth, a lie is seldom the right choice.
Would it be better to tell a person with cancer that they may die soon, or tell them they have very little to worry about?
Telling a lie will comfort their soul and ease their mind in the short term. But fear will quickly replace comfort, and you will be hated for robbing them of the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones properly.
So as you can see, speaking the truth may be hard, but it is rarely not the right thing to do.
Therefore to encourage speaking the truth, I have pulled together 27 uplifting quotes about being honest and why It is the right thing to do.
In contrast, there are also 5 excerpts from thehopeline.com expressing thoughts on “what is lying and why we do it.”
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Give your time and efforts freely or not at all.
When you are tempted to say, “Oh, if I have to, I’ll skip my golf game and watch my daughter play soccer,” don’t do it.
Either generate the heart-felt emotion to make the free-will gift, “I’d love to watch your game today, Sandy,”
or the honesty to decline the request gracefully.
Martyrdom doesn’t create happiness for any of the parties involved.
An honest “No” is preferable to a coerced “Yes.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.”
– Theodore H. White
“To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world and the seed-plot of all other virtues.”
– John Locke
“When you walk a life of honesty, you live a life of truth.”
– Therese Benedict
Lying is saying something with the intent of creating a false belief or impression. It’s an attempt to get someone to believe something that is not true.
And While maybe everybody lies at some point, few understand how destructive it can be, why we do it, and how to stop it.
“You can’t lie to liars without becoming a liar. We can’t cheat a cheater without becoming a cheater. Fighting fire with fire doesn’t protect trust; it merely leaves you with the ashes of your integrity.”
– Michael Josephson
“Building trust is like building a tower, stone by stone. But no matter how high or strong the tower seems, if you remove a stone from the bottom, the tower will collapse. Lying destroys the foundation needed for trust.”
– Michael Josephson
“Honesty makes better people and creates human relationships based on trust, integrity, righteousness, and altruism.”
– Dr. T.P.Chia
“The only reason why I became successful was because I went towards the truth. As painful and as brutal as it is, it changed me. It allowed me, in my own right, to become the person who I am today.”
– David Goggins
“A lie has speed, but Truth has endurance.”
– Edgar J. Mohn
We deceive other people because we think it serves our purposes in some way. And it’s easy.
It was Tad Williams who explained it perfectly when he said:
“We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.”
“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin
“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
When you get away with a lie, it often drives you to continue your deceptions, and in the process, we ruin relationships, hurt others, lose our integrity, and lose our peace. Truth becomes a feared enemy of the liar.
Lying may seem simple and harmless at first, but just like any addiction, you’ll soon find yourself trapped and entangled more than you could have ever imagined.
“I used to be ashamed by the way that I grew up. I tried to lie my way through better times, but when you think that honesty and truth is really your best weapon, you embrace it and put it behind you. In the end, it drives you and motivates you to do good work. No one should be ashamed about where they come from as long as you desire to be a compassionate and decent person.”
– George Lopez
“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
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
– Albert Einstein
“Only good comes from being honest and true.
Only harm and suffering come from falsehood.
It doesn’t always feel as if good comes from truth and honesty,
but, in the long run, it does.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.”
– Daniel Tosh
“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.”
– James Altucher
“To find out if she really loved me, I hooked her up to a lie detector. And just as I suspected, my machine was broken.”
– Dark Jar Tin Zoo
“In the long run, the most unpleasant truth is a safer companion than a pleasant falsehood.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Lying is extremely stressful. It causes you to be constantly looking over your shoulder and wondering who might be finding you out.
You’re always running through the lies you’ve told in your head, trying to keep track of what you’ve told to which person and what’s the next lie you need to tell.
When you’re honest, you don’t have those worries or the negative consequences of your lies.
“You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can’t lead to a good conclusion.”
– Julian Assange
“Always do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
– Mark Twain
I hope you enjoyed reading 27 uplifting quotes about why being honest is the right thing to do. Apply these learnings to your life and encourage others to do the same even though telling the truth may not be easy.
I used passages from an article found on thehopeline to give a brief insight into lying’s perils. It is extremely informative and would strongly advise anyone to pop over and read the full article.
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.
He now has an army of like-hearted individuals passionate about the environment and positive change through peaceful action.