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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Honesty
 
A clean mouth and an honest hand
Will take a man through any land.  German.
  1
A few things gained by fraud destroy a fortune otherwise honestly won.  Latin.  2
A good honest man now-a-days, is but a civil word for a fool.  3
A ill wan penny will cast down a pound.  4
A man never surfeits of too much honesty.  5
A nod of an honest man is enough.  6
A tower of strength is an honest man.  Bulwer.  7
All the honesty is in the parting.  8
An honest countenance is the best passport.  9
An honest look covereth many faults.  10
An honest man does not make himself a dog for the sake of a bone.  Danish.  11
An honest man has half as much more brains as he needs; a knave hath not half enough.  12
An honest man is always a child.  Martial.  13
An honest man is hurt by praise unjustly bestowed.  French.  14
An honest man is not the worse because a dog barks at him.  Danish.  15
An honest man is the noblest work of God.  Pope.  16
An honest man’s word is as good as the king’s.  Portuguese.  17
An honest man’s word is his bond.  Dutch.  18
As honest a man as ever break bread.  19
As honest a man as ever trod on shoe leather.  20
Clean hands are better than full ones in the sight of God.  Publius Syrus.  21
Clean hands want no wash-ball.  22
He leaves his office with the beggar’s staff in his hand.  German.  23
He that resolves to deal with none but honest men must leave all dealing.  24
Honest as the cat when the meat is out of reach.  25
Honest men and knaves may possibly wear the same cloth.  26
Honest men are easily humbugged.  27
Honest men are bound, but you can never bind a knave.  28
Honest men fear neither the light nor the dark.  29
Honest men never have the love of a rogue.  30
Honest nobody is to blame for all.  31
Honesty and plain dealing put knavery out of the bias.  32
Honesty has stolen the cow.  German.  33
Honesty is a fool and loseth that it works for.  Shakespeare.  34
Honesty is nae pride.  35
Honesty is praised and freezes.  Juvenal.  36
Honesty is praised and starves.  Latin.  37
Honesty is the best policy.  38
Honesty is the best policy, but he who acts on that principle is not an honest man.  Archbishop Whately.  39
Honesty lasts longest.  German.  40
Honesty maketh rich but she works slowly.  German.  41
Honesty may be dear bought but can never be a dear pennyworth.  42
Honesty is better than ill-gotten wealth.  43
Honesty is to many the cause of poverty.  Quintus Curtius Rufus.  44
Hypocritical honesty goes upon stilts.  45
Knavery may serve for a turn but honesty is best at long run.  46
Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions.  Franklin.  47
Many an honest man stands in need of help that has not the face to beg it.  48
No honest man ever repented of his honesty.  49
No honest man has the leer of a rogue.  50
 
 
No legacy so rich as honesty.  Shakespeare.  51
No man ever surfeited on too much honesty.  52
None can be wise and safe but he that is honest.  53
Persevere in acting honestly for all will be made right in time.  Hans Andersen.  54
The best investment for income is honesty.  German.  55
The man who pauses on his honesty wants little of the villain.  Martyn.  56
They are all honest men, but my cloak is not to be found.  Spanish.  57
To be honest as this world goes is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.  Shakespeare.  58
We are bound to be honest but not to be rich.  59
You may trust him with untold gold.  60
You measure every man’s honesty by your own.  61
 
 
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