Having character means that you are honest, even when it doesn’t seem to be in your best interest to tell the truth.
— Pat Williams
It is a wonderful heritage to have an honest father.
— Proverbs 20:7 (TLB)
Telling the truth isn’t just hard for kids; it can be hard for parents too. And when honesty is hard, that’s precisely the moment when wise parents remember that their children are watching – and learning.
— Dennis Swanberg
My father was one of the most honest and upright people I have ever known – and he may have inherited this trait from his father, who once traveled a long distance to return five cents he had accidentally overcharged someone.
— J.B. Handelsman
Honesty wins. This must be not only the kind of honesty that keeps a man’s fingers out of his neighbor’s till, but the finer honesty that will not allow a man to give less than his best, the kind of honesty that makes him count not his hours but his duties and opportunities, and constantly urges him to increase his efficiency.
— J.C. Penney
I have made many millions, but they have bought me no happiness. I would barter them all for the days I sat on an office stool in Cleveland and counted myself rich on three dollars a week.
— John D. Rockefeller
Integrity, good health, family and friends are worth more than anything money can buy.
— Robert Dedman
Many a man has found the acquisition of wealth only a change, not an end, of miseries.
The rich woman doesn’t know who her true friends are.
The more money you have, the more problems you have. I went from having no money to making comparatively a lot and all I’ve had are problems. Life was simpler when I had no money, when I just barely survived.
I consider the most enviable of titles the character of an honest man.
— George Washington
When the truth is in your way, you are on the wrong road.
— Josh Billings
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
— Albert Einstein
If you get a reputation for being honest, you have 95 percent of the competition already beat.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
It is a good idea to share with your children personal anecdotes of how you practiced honesty and courage. Your children will profit from both the moral of the anecdote and your willingness to share these experiences with them.
— Dr. Ruth Sharon
We lift ourselves by our own thoughts; we climb upon our vision of ourselves.
— Orison Marden
Genius is little more than thinking in an unhabitual way.
— William James
Thoughts lead on to purposes, purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
— Tryon Edwards
The finest thought runs the risk of being irrevocably forgotten if we do not write it down.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. My body responds and reacts to the input from my mind. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality and victory, I can count on that kind of day.
— Charles Swindoll
If you have nothing in life but a great friend, you’re rich.
— Michelle Kwan
Bad company corrupts good character.
— 1 Corinthians 15:33
Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most.
— Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Friendships are valuable. If your partner is also your best friend, that’s invaluable. I just made Barbara smile.
— Jack Nicklaus
Integrity is all about doing the right thing, no matter what the consequence.
— Bobby Bowden
When a man sells eleven ounces for twelve, he makes a compact with the devil and sells himself for the value of an ounce.
— Henry Ward Beecher
To have integrity, you do not lie or cheat on the small things; and, as a result, you are not corrupted by the larger temptations – the lure of power, prestige or money.
— Adrian Gostick and Dana Telford
One of the greatest gifts that God gives a person is the ability to lie down at night satisfied with who he is and what he has done that day because he has acted with integrity.
— Billy Graham
Dignity and honor always get tested at times when we really wish they wouldn’t. This is precisely the reason why maintaining a sense of honor can be so challenging. Everything is going along as well as could be hoped for and then – whammo! – adversity strikes. But what a sweet victory it is when in such times, you handle yourself in a way you will never regret.
— Gary Player
Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.
— Luke 16:10
The power of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.
— Blaise Pascal
Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
— Dale Carnegie