Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others.
We are the most appealing to others, and happiest within, when we are completely ourselves.
Today I’m giving two examinations. One in trigonometry and the other in honesty. I hope you will pass them both. If you must fail one, fail trigonometry. There are many good people in the world who can’t pass trig, but there are no good people in the world who cannot pass a test of honesty.
What Dr. Madison Sarratt used to tell his class at Vanderbilt University each year.
Love and trust, in the space between what’s said and what’s heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world.
Each of us leads a secret thought life, an invisible life known only to us- it is not known to others. This secret life is usually very different from the visible you- the you that is known by others. Yet it is the real you, the you that is known by our God.
An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly.
A. W. Tozer
To be really truthful, we have to do more than stop lying. Really, most of the work is positively learning how to speak the whole truth in love.
Honesty is like a flu shot. It may give you a short, sharp pain, but it keeps you healthier in the long run.
Willard Harley Jr.
Truthfulness is much more than the absence of lies. It is genuine communication of minds and hearts. Real truthfulness reflects the character of God, who is always exactly what He says he is, and who speaks painful but joyful truth, never any small talk to our hearts. Think of Jesus: ever kind, but relentlessly truthful.
Honesty, or dishonesty, is shown in every little act of life.
There is an old story which tells of an Italian duke who went on board a galley ship. As he passed the crew of slaves he asked several of them what their offenses were. Every one laid the blame to someone else, saying his brother was to blame or the judge was bribed. One sturdy young fellow said: “My lord, I am justly in here. I wanted money and I stole it. No one is to blame but myself.” The duke on hearing this seized him by the shoulder, saying, “You rogue! What are you doing here among so many honest men? Get you out of their company!” The young fellow was then set at liberty, while the rest were left to tug at the oars.
To be honest with others, one must be thoroughly honest with himself.
How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people.
Think of the times when you have been totally honest with yourself and remember how calm you felt.
Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not.