Be Honest Always, as if There is No Other Option

If you assume that the truth will hurt, you're most likely underestimating the character and maturity of the person you are keeping from the truth. Always remember that dishonesty is the worse infraction, and it has more to say about one's own fears and emotional immaturity, than the one whom you think you're fooling - especially if they're already aware of your dishonesty.  You'll have no-one else to blame for the damage caused, but yourself.  If you want someone to fully trust you, you must first be fully trustworthy. So be brave with unfaltering honesty, it will free your heart and spirit in ways that you never could have otherwise imagined.

photography Pictures, Images and PhotosThose who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind. ~Austin O'Malley

A half truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb

Who lies for you will lie against you. ~Bosnian Proverb

Truth fears no questions. ~Unknown

I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won't. ~Mark Twain

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. ~Author Unknown

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


Cassie CH said...

So very true!

Nate said...

Very true. I've noticed that there are those who don't even realize their own levels of dishonesty, because they excuse it on the basis of some sort of "justification" somehere in their insecure thinking. BEWARE of those people, because they'll lie about anything, anything at all to avoid an uncomfortable situation or confrontation. Only those who practice honesty really know the difference, and clearly see the obvious of those who aren't. Dishonesty on any level never really fools anyone, except for the one doing it.

Thanks again for the great insight. You are a wise and beautiful person! Take care hon!


Tahereh said...

beautiful post. so so so true.

thanks for sharing :)

Mr. Daddy said...

such a thought provoking post.

At pure face value the most honorable way to strive to live.

I am saddened to say I have seen much pain and suffering caused in the name of honesty :o)

Marie de Beausacq said.

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

So let us practice the use of that skill without remorse.

For as Arthur Dobrin said.

"There is always a way to be honest without being brutal."

I really enjoyed your post.


Anonymous said...

Being dishonest also undermines one's ability to trust themselves. Why would they? They know they are dishonest. I have also found that if one is stuck for an honest answer (for instance if asked for their opinion and don't want to offend), just remember to say it's your honest opinion, which doesn't necessarily make it empirical truth, just another opinion.

Yankee Girl said...

Honesty is so important and I think though everyone knows it is best to be honest, few have the courage to do it.

For me, the best way to ensure I am an honest person is to not do anything worth lying about it the first place. It really makes like so much easier and helps people to know that I can be trusted.

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Irena said...

I totally agree. I hate lies. Even if people believe you, sometimes you forget what you lied for and end up telling the truth or another lie to cover up. Then you totally look like a fool!

Lori said...

So true and well said. Having said that, you think you could speak with my kids? :)

Have a great day.

aladdinsane12 said...

very wise words. sometimes, though, i'd rather be lied to than have my feelings hurt- like if i buy a new outfit that i love but someone doesn't like it!

MaryRC said...

words to live by.. lovely shot


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