The small man flies into a rage over the slightest criticism, but the wise man is eager to learn from those who censure and reprove him.
— Dale Carnegie
Many times during auditions, I was told that I couldn’t carry a note with a bucket, and that I sure couldn’t play the piano.
— Ray Charles
Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed; in the second it is opposed; in the third it is regarded as self-evident.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
I wasn’t supposed to reach my dream of being a baseball player. If I had listened to all those people who muttered, “Good luck, kid,” when they heard me say when I was young that I wanted to be a Yankee, I would have given up a long time ago.
— Derek Jeter
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 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
Try to use conflict as a tool – to learn more about the other person and find a solution that serves both of you. Relationships that endure conflict become stronger and deeper.
— John Maxwell
In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest. And endeavor to gain, rather than to expose thy antagonist.
— William Penn
Love is strengthened by working through conflicts together.
Speak calmly instead of yelling. Yelling is demeaning and only helps to escalate a conflict and detract from the original issue.
—Elaine St. James
I think it takes a bigger man to walk away from a problem than to stay and fight about it. What would you gain from fighting? It’s nothing but trouble. If someone wants to be an idiot and wants to get into a fight with you, don’t give him the satisfaction. Just let it go. You’ll feel better because you will have made the savvier decision.
— Derek Jeter
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
To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
— Queen Elizabeth II
A Bible in every home is the principle support of virtue, morality and civil liberty.
— Benjamin Franklin
We grew up in an atmosphere in which we believed in the Bible and the teachings of the Bible. Most of our lives was geared around that. The lessons learned in the Bible were the lessons that my father taught us at home.
— Hank Aaron
If you use the Bible as your guide, you will never lose your sense of direction.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
— Psalm 1:1-3
It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
— Roy Disney
It doesn’t have to glitter to be gold.
Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives.
— Jesse Holmes
It is important for leaders to have a set of core beliefs to rely and depend on when faced with difficult decisions. Leaders cannot, and should not, separate themselves from their core beliefs. Mine are my faith, family, friends and my belief in serving others. Those priorities not only shape me, but are the very basis for the decisions I make.
— Donald Evans