Believe it or not, a man named M. Hirsh Goldberg proclaimed that April 30th would be National Honesty Day. He believed that because the month of April starts off on a day based on trickery and lying, that it should end on a more honest note.
Not many people know about National Honesty Day; it certainly isn’t an official holiday, but it’s one that can raise eyebrows. Honesty is a well-respected virtue, and maybe the promotion of honesty should have its own national holiday.
So whether you’re reading this on April 30th or not, here at NaQ we thought we’d provide some powerful quotes about honesty. Maybe they’ll inspire you to be a little (or a lot) more honest in your life. After all, even the most virtuous of us tell lies every now and then so we can all use the encouragement.
Laura Ingalls Wilder on the best way to live your life: “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
Oscar Wilde on being honest with who you are: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky on the difficulty of honesty: “Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.”
Mark Twain demonstrating his usual cleverness: “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he’s crooked.”
Words of wisdom from Plato: “You should not honor men more than truth.”
And lastly, James E. Faust on the life of honesty: “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”
Hopefully these quotes got you in an honest mood! It can never hurt to work on virtues like honesty, so whether you’re late to National Honesty Day or not, use these quotes to inspire you to live life a bit more honestly.