Honest Quotes

The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity. That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art.

Leslie Fiedler

Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night.

Edwards, Robert C.

Honest poverty lives happily; ill gotten wealth worries.


Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them

Christian Nevell Bovee

People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty

Richard J. Needham

Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.

Oliver Wendell

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

Thomas Carlyle

Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation

Thomas Merton

I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.

Henry Ward Beecher

“Honest differences of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy making among free men.”

Herbert Clark Hoover

The blind fanaticism of one foolish honest man may cause more evil than the united efforts of twenty rogues.

Grimm, Friedrich, Baron Von

Why need every honest poet be suspected of leading a quadruple life? Sometimes the second or third meaning is less interesting than the first, and the only really difficult thing about a poem is the critic's explanation of it

Frank Moore Colby

A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one

Henry Louis Mencken

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens . . . There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends and books.

Thomas Jefferson

Art is about expressing the true nature of the human spirit in whatever way one wishes to express it. If it is honest, it is beautiful. If it is not honest, it is obvious.

Corin Nemec

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