Honesty is a key aspect of all successful and healthy relationships. Whether trying to be truthful with yourself or others, honesty isn't always the easy option. But as followers of Christ, we must strive to lead a genuine life in His image. Dishonesty with yourself can affect your relationships with others and with God. Sharing lies with your brothers and sisters wrongs them. With strength from God, we can ward off the evils spread through dishonesty.
Here are 25 quotes about honesty to help inspire you to become a better, more truthful version of yourself.
Honesty with yourself
“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
- Nelson Mandela
“The truth may hurt, but fooling yourself will enslave you.” - Charles F. Glassman
“It’s not about changing the world, although that’s what we seem to rally around. Rather, it’s about changing ourselves for that is the seed from which changing the world sprouts.” - Craig D. Lounsbrough
“You can never be true to others, if you keep on lying to yourself.” - Gift Gugu Mona
“We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.” - Roy T. Bennett
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” - Carl Jung
“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” - Elenor Roosevelt
“Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door.” - Vernon Howard
“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” - Maya Angelou
“The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest.” - 14th Dalai Lama
Importance of Honesty with Others
“Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying.” - Fred Rogers
“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.” - John Lennon
“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” - James E. Faust
“Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully.” - Maya Angelou
“To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.” - Will Durant
“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
“We have to put effort into being honest, truthful and compassionate towards others.” - 14th Dalai Lama
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.” - Winston Churchill
“And if you learn to have those difficult conversations in a loving, honest, and responsible way, your relationships can become better than you ever thought they could.” - Henry Cloud, John Townsend
Being Honest within Your Faith
“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” - Mahatma Gandhi
“An honest man’s the noblest work of God.” - Alexander Pope
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4
“Be honest, for God is the helper of honest people. Avoid telling lies since it will ruin your faith. Know that honest people are on the verge of nobility and honor, while liars are on the verge of collapse and destruction.” - Imam Ali RA
"For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man." 2 Corinthians 8:21
“There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.” - Ronald Reagan
"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body." Ephesians 4:25
Kellie Kaufman writes articles for GodTube and GodUpdates in addition to working as a marketing specialist for other Christian sites. She graduated from Elon University with a degree in strategic communications and hopes to further her education in digital marketing. She adores her beautiful mini Aussie, Kirby, and loves taking her to the dog park. When she isn’t spoiling her pup, Kellie enjoys crafting anything and everything and dabbles in a handful of musical instruments.
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