|Honesty is the best policy.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. XXXIII.
|A honest mans word is as good as his bond.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Vol. III. Pt. II. Ch. XXXIV.
| Omnia quæ vindicaris in altero, tibi ipsi vehementer fugienda sunt.|
Everything that thou reprovest in another, thou must most carefully avoid in thyself.
CiceroIn Verrem. II. 3. 2.
| Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.|
S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain)A Mysterious Visit.
| He is one that will not plead that cause wherein his tongue must be confuted by his conscience.|
FullerHoly and Profane States. The Good Advocate. Bk. II. Ch. I.
| When rogues fall out, honest men get into their own.|
Sir Matthew Hale.
|He that departs with his own honesty|
For vulgar praise, doth it too dearly buy.
Ben JonsonEpigram II.
|The measure of life is not length, but honestie.|
LylyEuphues. The Anatomy of Wit. Letters of Euphues. Euphues and Eubulus.
| Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.|
George MacDonaldThe Marquis of Lossie. Ch. LXXI.
|Semper bonus homo tiro est.|
An honest man is always a child.
MartialEpigrams. XII. 51. 2.
|An honest mans the noblest work of God.|
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 247.
|Yet Heavn, that made me honest, made me more|
Than ever king did, when he made a lord.
Nicholas RoweJane Shore. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 261.
|Mens regnum bona possidet.|
An honest heart possesses a kingdom.
|No legacy is so rich as honesty.|
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 13.
| Ay, sir; to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.|
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 178. (Two Thousand in Folio ten in quartos.)
| Whats the news?|
None, my lord, but that the worlds grown honest.
Then is doomsday near.
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 240.
|There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats,|
For I am armd so strong in honesty
That they pass by me as the idle wind,
Which I respect not.
Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 66.
|Take note, take note, O world,|
To be direct and honest is not safe.
Othello. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 378.
|An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.|
Richard III. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 358.
|At many times I brought in my accounts,|
Laid them before you; you would throw them off,
And say, you found them in mine honesty.
Timon of Athens. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 142.
| 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.|
George WashingtonMoral Maxims.
| Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.|
WashingtonSpeech to the Constitutional Convention. (1787).
|Were there no heaven nor hell|
I should be honest.
John WebsterDuchess of Malfi. Act I. Sc. I.
| Honesty is the best policy, but he who acts on that principle is not an honest man.|
Archbishop WhatelyThoughts and Apothegms. Pt. II. Ch. XVIII. Pious Frauds.
|How happy is he born and taught|
That serveth not anothers will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill.
Sir Henry WottonThe Character of a Happy Life.