April 30 is National Honesty Day, and in all honesty, few are better qualified to wax veracious on this subject than I, or my name isn’t mistermuse. I have even composed a little poem (which I dedicate to my fellow man) to celebrate the occasion:
Always be honest with yourself
To make the most of life —
It will save you untold trouble
Unless you tell your wife.
Of course, no homage to honesty would be complete without a contribution from the most honest man (recusing myself from consideration) who ever lived, “Honest Abe,” whose real name was Abraham Lincoln. Fortunately, “Honest Abe” acquired that reputation well before becoming a politician, so we can be reasonably confident that he was indeed honest, and so accustomed to truth-telling that not even politics could break him of the habit. He therefore gets the honor of leading off this compilation of quotations on honesty:
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? –Abraham Lincoln
Honesty is the best policy. —Benjamin Franklin
I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches. –Thomas Jefferson
Honesty is the best policy – for poor people. —Evan Esar
It is better to be quotable than to be honest. –Tom Stoppard (who managed to be both for the price of one?)
Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it. —Mark Twain
Pretty much all the honest truth-telling in the world is done by children. –Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. –Robert Brault
Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself. –Ludwig Wittgenstein
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find is an honest friend. –Robert Louis Stevenson