All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
When dealing with complexity and uncertainty, trust and openness become critical.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune.
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
I keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I know)
are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
He was the consummate politician. He didn't lie, neither did he tell the truth.
I hate wearin' sunglasses, to be honest with you. You don't need sunglasses in Ireland.
I drink a glass of water and half a lemon as soon as I wake up. I heard that it's supposed to balance your body's pH. Not sure if that's true, but to be honest, it really helps with bloating.
In the kingdom of glass everything is transparent, and there is no place to hide a dark heart.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
You have to surround yourself with people you trust, and people that are good. But they also have to be people who will tell the emperor you have no clothes.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.