Quotes about Truth and Honesty

Alternative Medicine

Sadly enough, honest people are becoming an endangered species in our world. Still, these quotes about truth remind us that honesty is a timeless value and we should cultivate it.

How many times have you encountered lies and hypocrisy in your life? I’m sure you could recall at least a few dishonest people and most probably, you are still dealing with these kinds of characters.

Wouldn’t life be easier if we only told the truth to each other? But unfortunately, it’s not possible. Social norms, etiquette, the unwritten rules of human behavior wouldn’t allow that. Some things are considered rude, even if they are nothing but the truth.

Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not suggesting we should be mean to each other. All I’m saying is that being nice to someone has real value only when it’s genuine. Too many people fake their nice attitude for personal gain. Many do it out of habit – simply because it is considered normal to say pleasantries, even when you don’t mean them.

With all these unwritten norms of social behavior, blunt people who are not afraid to speak the raw truth are not favored in our society. They are mistaken for being rude, mean, and arrogant. But the truth is that these people are the most real of all, even if they sometimes say uncomfortable things.

Here are a few quotes about truth and honesty that show how important it is to be sincere:

If you tell the truth

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

~ Mark Twain

The truth is like a lion

The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.

~ Augustine of Hippo

Most people don't really want the truth

Most people don’t really want the truth. They just want constant reassurance that what they believe in is the truth.

~ Unknown

The short term pain of accepting a truth is much better

The short term pain of accepting a truth is much better than the long term pain of believing an illusion.

~ Lilka

I desire only to know the truth, and to live as well as I can

I desire only to know the truth, and to live as well as I can, and to the utmost of my power, I exhort all other men to do the same. I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.

~ Socrates

Three things cannot be long hidden

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

~ Buddha

If you want to tell people the truth

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

~ Oscar Wilde

Anna LeMind, B.A.
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