It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. - Noel Coward
No legacy is so rich as honesty. - William Shakespeare
The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not a policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy. - Robert E.Lee
It seems that in today's world honesty has become a dirty word. We see more evidence, as reported in the media, of dishonest behavior receiving greater attention, and even reward than honest behavior. It's a shame that our society has lowered its standards to such a point, encouraging and sustaining dishonesty as an acceptable characteristic of human kind. But what the news anchors or media outlets will never report are the countless honest things people do every day. I believe most people are honest in their dealings with others, honest in their actions, honest in their relationships, and honest in their deeds. Teaching our children that honesty is not an option, but a requirement toward a righteous life is a paramount lesson none of us can afford to exclude. I would rather suffer punishment for being honest than receive rewards for being dishonest.
Honesty is one attribute by which we judge each other most harshly, becuase it is the foundation of so much more.