27 Integrity Quotes (What It Means To Have Integrity)

I find quotes to be enormously powerful, and these quotes are no different. Each quote shows what it means to have integrity and how fragile yet enormously valuable it is.

People of integrity display high moral uprightness, truthfulness and display the enviable quality of projecting an aura of warmth and safety around them.

Find out if you have these qualities by reading these 27 quotes showing what it truly means to have integrity.

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“You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside.”

 –Alan Cohen

“Integrity is the only thing in life a person can truly call their own. You can have your freedom, your fortunes, your loved ones taken away by others, but the only person that can take away your integrity is you.”

 – Joshua Paul Anderson

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”

 – Harvey Mackay

“Integrity is the consistent harmony of convictions and conduct… The opposite, of course, is hypocrisy… Integrity is having an untarnished moral character both publicly and when no one else is around.”

 – Jerry Wragg

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Personal Integrity

People with personal integrity follow through with their word.

“If you choose to be a person of integrity, you have no choice when it comes time to honor your word. To be in integrity, you must apply cost/benefit analysis to giving your word, and you must never apply cost/benefit analysis to honoring your word.”

 – Werner Erhard

“A man has integrity if his interest in the good of the service is at all times greater than his personal pride, and when he holds himself to the same line of duty when unobserved as he would follow if his superiors were present.”

 – Samuel Lyman Atwood Marshall

“Integrity means that if our private life was suddenly exposed, we’d have no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. Integrity means our outward life is consistent with our inner convictions.”

 – Billy Graham

“Integrity in word and deed is the backbone of character.”

 – Samuel Smiles

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Personal Integrity

People with personal integrity are always honest with themselves and others.

“If you lose your integrity, you will also lose your identity, your sensitivity, and your dignity. Integrity is honesty, modesty, and security in all kinds of weather. It should be our priority.”

 – Israelmore Ayivor

“If you can maintain your standards and your integrity and you fail, it’s OK. It’s when you sell out, and you fail that you feel pretty sick inside.”

 – Bonnie Hunt

“The root of the word integrity is integer. It’s a math term – and it refers to whole numbers. The word itself implies wholeness. These are the questions we must ask ourselves frequently. Am I whole? Are there parts of my character that are lacking?”

 – Josh Hatcher

“Integrity is the ingredient that will enable you to forge rapidly ahead on the highway that leads to success. It advertises you as being an individual who will always come through. Whatever you say you will do, do it even if you have to move heaven and earth.”

 – Mary Kay

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Personal Integrity

People with personal integrity are consistent, do not judge others, and only see failure as an opportunity to grow.

“The strongest thing that any human being has going is their own integrity and their own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need in order to be able to stand up for what you believe in and deliver what’s really inside, it’s just not going to be there.”

 – Herbie Hancock

“Whatever you may suffer, speak the truth. Be worthy of the entire confidence of your associates. Consider what is right as to what must be done. It is not necessary that you should keep your property or even your life, but it is necessary that you should hold fast your integrity.”

 – William Ellery Channing

“Integrity is the foundation upon which all other values are built.”

 – Brian Tracy

“The battle of being mortal is the battle to maintain the integrity of one’s life.” – Atul Gawande

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Personal Integrity

People with personal integrity are incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge no matter what the temptation. 

“Deep inside, our integrity sings to us whether we are listening or not. It is a note that only we can hear. Eventually, when life makes us ready to listen, it will help us to find our way home.”

 – Rachel Naomi Remen

“Integrity is the value we set on ourselves. It is a fulfillment of the duty we owe ourselves. An honorable man or woman will personally commit to living up to certain self-imposed expectations. They need no outside check or control. They are honorable in their inner core.”

 – James E. Faust

“The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.”

 – Scott Hamilton

“Our character … is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.”

 – George Santayana

Personal Integrity

People with personal integrity can see and accept their weaknesses and never take credit for another’s achievements.

“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.”

 – John D. MacDonald

“Integrity in all things precedes all else. The open demonstration of integrity is essential.”

 – Max De Pree

In Summary

I hope that you enjoyed my list of thought-provoking quotes on integrity and could recognize yourself in them.

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