Where my classes are concerned, I always remind students to tell me nothing but the truth. If they have not met deadlines, all I ask for is the truth. If they have been tardy or indisciplined, just tell me and I will give them an extension after a long lecture about commitment and dedication.
I always tell them to submit original work and not plagiarized works or worse still, a jigsaw puzzle of plagiarised works.
What good is education, status and recognition if one can lie through their teeth?
Once a friend lies to another, the trust and whatever shared is broken. For some, it takes years to re-build that trust. For others, it may never be salvaged again. Of course there is the question of forgiveness. Whatever the case, I always believe that we must tell the truth and maintain high standards of integrity IF we have a conscience.
I remember reading a quotation about how there are those who "will not tolerate such emotional honesty in communication. They would rather defend their dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Therefore, having rationalized their phoniness into nobility, they settle for superficial relationships".
And such people may never learn how to care or to feel for others. Perhaps they don't even care for themselves or unable to come to terms with this thing called 'feelings' or 'emotions' because to them, it is likely that only lesser beings care too much.
Here's an article I read today which resonates with my stand on honesty and integrity. If there is anything I HATE most in life, it would be liars, hypocrites and pretenders.
According to Gary King:
- The Five Levels of Truth-Telling:
- First, you tell the truth to yourself about yourself.
- Then you tell the truth to yourself about another.
- At the third level, you tell the truth about yourself to another.
- Then you tell your truth about another to that other.
- And finally, you tell the truth to everyone about everything. ~ Neale Donald Walsch Conversations with God (Book 2)
Here's a selection of quotes to inspire you to uphold integrity and honesty - to be able to tell the truth in as many (if not all) circumstances.
No legacy is so rich as Honesty. ~ William Shakespeare
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander. ~ Abraham Lincoln
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all the people all the time. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the Truth.
“The Light is more than some abstract, unknowable energy force. Light is Truth. If Light is truth, then darkness must be lies. Each and every lie we tell to ourselves and others casts the shadow of separation upon us. Every time even the most minor deception is revealed and the truth is made known we are re-united with the Light. So, Let there be Light. Those are the words by which you can create your own magnificent world.” - Renee Bledsoe, Addiction Alchemy
Truth is such a rare thing, it is delighted to tell it. ~ Emily Dickinson
The Truth which has made us free will in the end make us glad, also. ~ Felix Adler
I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world. ~ Margaret Mead
Always tell the Truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.
~ Mark Twain
When in doubt, tell the Truth. ~ Mark Twain
It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the Truth and expose lies.
~ Noam Chomsky
The Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it. ~ Pearl S. Buck
Fiction is the Truth inside the lie. ~ Stephen King
The biggest consequence to telling a lie is, it leads you to telling another one.
~ Gary King
If you do not tell the Truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
Who lies for you will lie against you. ~ Bosnian Proverb
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. ~ Abraham Lincoln
A half Truth is a whole lie. ~ Yiddish Proverb
Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind. ~ Austin O’Mally
With lies you may get ahead in the world – but you can never go back. ~ Russian proverb
A lie has speed, but Truth has endurance ~ Edgar J. Mohn
Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it. ~ Mark Twain
A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. ~ unknown author
We tell lies when we are afraid….afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. ~ Tad Williams
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. ~ Thomas Jefferson
There is no such thing as an inconsequential lie. ~ Gary King
Truth allows you to live with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are. Let it be the Truth. ~ Oprah Winfrey
What you get in your life is not a result of what you want, it is a result of Who You Are. ~ Marlon Smith
If you want to ruin the Truth, stretch it. ~ unknown author
The Truth is more important than the facts. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
The Truth needs no rehearsal. ~ Barbara Kingsolver
Truth and Honesty is the oldest and most powerful of all of the human values.
~ Gary King
Have the courage to say No. Have the courage to face the Truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
~ W. Clement Stone
Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching. ~ unknown author
Every lie has a consequence.....you cannot escape that.
~ Gary King
Integrity is telling myself the Truth. Andy Honesty is telling the Truth to other people.
~ Spencer Johnson
This above all; to thine own self be true. ~ William Shakespeare
The time is always right to do what is right. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. ~ Oprah Winfrey
If you can not find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. ~ Albert Schweitzer
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a van of value.
Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves. ~ Bonard W. Overstreet
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. ~ Marianne Williamson
A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, repute possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.
~Charles Edward Montague
Respect for the Truth is an acquired taste. ~ Mark Van Doren
There’s one way to find out if a man is honest ~ ask him. If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook. ~ Groucho Marx
Our lives improve only when we take chances ~ and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be Honest with ourselves. ~ Walter Anderson
Where is there dignity unless there is Honesty? ~ Cicero
The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be. ~ Socrates