I don’t give my word lightly, and I don’t ever break it.
— Vince Lombardi
There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.
— Tom Peters
Dad was a man of absolute honesty, thoroughness and industriousness. His word was his bond. You didn’t need a contract with him. Everyone knew that whatever he said, he was going to do.
— Elizabeth Dole
I would rather go out of politics feeling that I had done what was right than stay in with the approval of all men, knowing in my heart that I had acted as I ought not to.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Making a decision usually means taking one of two roads. One is doing the right thing. To take the other road, you have to sit back and spin a story around the decision or action you are taking. If you find yourself thinking up an elaborate justification for what you are doing, you are not doing the right thing.
— Wayne Sales
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.
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
Integrity is keeping my commitment even if the circumstances when I made the commitment have changed.
— David Jeremiah
Integrity is nothing more than doing the right thing no matter who’s watching you.
— Mike Krzyzewski
When you are in a situation in which you stand to lose a lot by stating the complete truth, that is exactly the time to do the right thing. If you do, not only will others treat you with a new respect, you will also treat yourself with a new respect.
— Major General William Cohen
You can never trade your integrity for something better. Sometimes the knowledge of a good act is reserved only for the doer of the deed and God in heaven. So be it.
— Rick Perry
Display integrity in matters both great and small. Right is right and wrong is wrong whether the issue appears large or inconsequential. And when it comes to issues of integrity, you are a twenty-four-hour-a-day example to your child, so be on guard.
— Dennis Swanberg
Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
— William Penn
When a company or an individual compromises one time, whether it’s on price or on principle, the next compromise is right around the corner.
— Zig Ziglar
Great learning and superior abilities, should you ever possess them, will be of little value and small estimation unless virtue, honor, truth and integrity are added to them.
— Abigail Adams, in a letter to young John Quincy Adams
While I have gained recognition for my success as a coach, I am proudest when I am recognized for my integrity.
— Don Shula
You are already of consequence in the world if you are known as a man of strict integrity. If you can be absolutely relied upon; if when you say a thing is so, it is so; if when you say you will do a thing, you do it; then you carry with you a passport to universal esteem.
— Grenville Kleiser
Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain, the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.
To maintain integrity, do not make tough decisions alone. Ask questions, receive counsel, reflect and take a long-term view.
— Adrian Gostick and Dana Telford
I am sustained by knowing that I am doing what is right.
— Desmond Tutu
Protect your credibility. One of the highest – and most beneficial – accolades for a manager is the comment, “If he says so, you can bank on it.”
— James Hayes
I hope people will say I was a good man who did right. I would hope they would remember that I did play good golf for a period of time. The most important thing is to have people see that I’ve been reliable and have been good for the game of golf as well as a good citizen.
— Byron Nelson