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Honesty is not only the deepest policy, but the highest wisdom, since however difficult it may be for integrity to get on, it is a thousand times more difficult for knavery to get off; and no error is more fatal than that of those who think that virtue has no other reward because they have heard that she is her own.

Honesty is the best policy.

Honesty is the best policy.

Honesty's praised, then left to freeze.

Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind.

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.

If honesty did not exist, we ought to invent it as the best means of getting rich.

It would be an unspeakable advantage, both to the public and private, if men would consider that great truth, that no man is wise or safe, but he that is honest.

It's better to be quotable than to be honest.

Lands mortgaged may return, but honesty once pawned is ne'er redeemed.

Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul; then shalt thou reach the point of happiness, and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright, nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds.

Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty is always the best policy. It is not.

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one rascal less in the world.

Money dishonestly acquired is never worth its cost, while a good conscience never costs as much as it is worth.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity than straightforward and simple integrity in another. A knave would rather quarrel with a brother-knave than with a fool, but he would rather avoid a quarrel with one honest man than with both. He can combat a fool by management and address, and he can conquer a knave by temptations. But the honest man is neither to be bamboozled nor bribed.

Of all feats of skill, the most difficult is that of being honest.

One must not cheat anybody, not even the world of one's triumph.


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