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People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want.

Author: David Mamet (1947)

Profession: American Playwright

There is something greater than wealth, grander even than fame -- manhood, character, stand for success... nothing else really does.

Author: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Profession: American Author, Founder of Success Magazine

If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else.

Author: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Profession: American Author, Founder of Success Magazine

To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success.

Author: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Profession: American Author, Founder of Success Magazine

Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

Author: Don Marquis (1878-1937)

Profession: American Humorist, Journalist

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.

Author: Don Marquis (1878-1937)

Profession: American Humorist, Journalist

There is one way to find out if a man is honest; ask him! If he says yes you know he's crooked.

Author: Groucho Marx (1895-1977)

Profession: American Comic Actor

Honesty is the most single most important factor having a direct bearing on the final success of an individual, corporation, or product.

Author: Ed Mcmahon

Profession: American TV Host

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

Author: Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau (1749-1791)

Profession: French Revolutionary Politician, Orator

No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

When we are not honest, we are cut off from a significant resource of ourselves, a vital dimension that is necessary for unity and wholeness.

Author: Clark Moustakas

Profession: Humanistic Psychologist

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

Author: Richard J. Needham


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

Author: Henri Nouwen

Profession: Christian Author

Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten.

Author: Thomas Otway (1652-1685)

Profession: British Dramatist

A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.

Author: Ovid

Profession: Roman Poet