Honesty – Concept, phrases, examples and what is respect

We explain what honesty is and some examples of this human virtue. Also, phrases of honesty and what is respect.

Honest people are expected to tell the truth, to be fair and reasonable.

What is honesty?

Honesty or honesty is understood as a human virtue consisting of the love of justice and truth over personal gain or convenience. Honest or honest people are expected to tell the truth above all else, to be fair and reasonable, to act with integrity, or to be transparent in their motivations.

According to a more philosophical point of view, honesty would consist of acting and speaking according to what you feel or think, and not to what is more convenient to do or say to others.

It is, then, a form of coherence between thought and action, but also between the individual and the norms that are considered correct by the community in which it operates.

On the contrary, dishonesty is the lack of commitment to truth and justice, so dishonest people are often prone to lies, to theft, deception, falsehood or pretense.

Various thinkers of human antiquity valued honesty as one of the greatest virtues of the human being. From Marco Tulio Cicero, in ancient Rome, to the Chinese Confucius, the codes of conduct proposed for the foundation of human societies include to some extent honesty as even a divine value, rewarded with elevation and its faults instead sanctioned with the punishment.

Examples of honesty

Some everyday examples of honesty are:

  • A person on the street drops a few bills. Although it means financial gain to himself, the honest individual will return it to its rightful owner.
  • Honest witnesses to an event or crime report the truth to the police or judges, so that facts prevail over opinions or convenience.
  • Honest politicians, if they exist, would be those whose commitment to the common good and whose respect for their people prevent them from accepting bribes or bribes, and therefore do not leave public office as millionaires.
  • When a merchant makes a mistake in the return in our favor, we will indicate the mistake made if we are honest people.
  • Honest students are those who do not copy themselves from their classmates, or from the book, or do tricks to deceive the teacher, because they are committed to their truth and their knowledge: if they do not know the answer, they do not know it.
  • Honest people do not blame third parties for their mistakes, but face them and abide by the consequences.
  • An honest individual does not accept commitments (work, emotional, of any kind) knowing that he will not be able or has no intention of fulfilling them.
  • An honest partner tells their better half the truth of what they feel, even if it means being left alone.
  • A seller’s honesty is put to the test when he has to offer a product. If you are an honest person, you will not exaggerate the benefits of your product, nor will you lie about its use or quality, without trying to make the sale.
  • An honest worker does not try to get others to do his job for him, but knows how far his responsibilities go.

Honesty phrases

Some phrases regarding honesty are:

  • “What the law does not prohibit, honesty can prohibit”
    Seneca (2 BC-AD 65)
  • “The honest man does not fear neither the light nor the darkness”

Thomas Fuller (1610-1661)

  • “Honesty: the best of the lost arts”

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  • “There’s no legacy richer than honesty”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

  • “Nothing is more like an honest man than a rogue who knows his trade”

George Sand (1804-1876)

  • “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  • “Honesty is a very expensive gift, do not expect it from mean people”

Warren Buffet (1930-)

  • “The secret of life is honesty and fair treatment. If you can fake that, you’ve done it “

Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

I respect

Respect is a complicated cultural concept, which varies by culture or civilization, but broadly involves consideration, submission and deference for someone, institution or specific idea, which is considered worthy of being tolerated.

A respectful person is one who does not exceed the limits, who is considerate of others and who abides by the social rules of what is considered correct, honorable or honest.