SAT Essay - Is honesty the best policy?
Quotations about Honesty
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain
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'Malley
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. ~William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence"
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. ~Aristotle
The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back. ~Russian proverb
Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread. ~Josh Billings
The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff. ~Ambrose Bierce
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. ~Edgar J. Mohn
When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback. ~Bill Copeland
Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence. ~Lemuel K. Washburn
A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. ~Author Unknown
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
Truth fears no questions. ~Unknown
There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously. ~Thomas Sowell
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. ~Thomas Jefferson
I don't mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. ~Samuel Butler
There is no well-defined boundary between honesty and dishonesty. The frontiers of one blend with the outside limits of the other, and he who attempts to tread this dangerous ground may be sometimes in one domain and sometimes in the other. ~O. Henry, Rolling Stones, 1912
Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children. ~Oliver Wendell
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. ~Winston Churchill
If you want to ruin the truth, stretch it. ~Author Unknown
The truth is more important than the facts. ~Frank Lloyd Wright
Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited. ~James Cardinal Gibbons
If falsehood, like truth, had but one face, we would be more on equal terms. For we would consider the contrary of what the liar said to be certain. But the opposite of truth has a hundred thousand faces and an infinite field. ~Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
When a man lies, he murders some part of the world. ~Rospo Pallenberg
It is not without good reason said, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying. ~Michel de Montaigne
People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. ~Richard J. Needham
If we were all given by magic the power to read each other's thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships. ~Bertrand Russell
It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. ~Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half. ~Author Unknown
When truth is divided, errors multiply. ~Eli Siegel, Damned Welcome
Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it. ~Emily Dickinson
It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks lateness, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patching to repair great rents in the quotidian. ~John Updike
No mask like open truth to cover lies,
As to go naked is the best disguise.
Reality is bad enough. Why should I tell the truth? ~Patrick Sky
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. ~Slovenian Proverb
Always tell the truth. Even if you have to make it up. ~Author Unknown
The cruelest lies are often told in silence. ~Adlai Stevenson
The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is almost the only courageous thing left to do. ~E.V. Lucas
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. ~Oscar Wilde
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
The truth needs so little rehearsal. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ~Mark Twain
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation. ~Saki
It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen. ~"Homer Simpson"
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
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. ~Mark Twain
SAT Sample Essay
l Is honesty always the best policy? Student sample essay 1 - Honesty is the Best Policy
Living in the world these days is really hard. Many people are not honest with each other and not being honest always causes problems that sometimes leads to someone getting hurt emotionally or physically. It seems that in everyday life there is something someone can always lie about. In my opinion lying is wrong and one should always tell the truth. Because if you are honest, everyone you come to talk to will trust you. But if you do lie, the truth will eventually come out. Most importantly, if you are honest, you will have a clean consciousness.
Being honest is a big advantage. Everyone will trust you because they know that you are not a liar. You are more likely to have good friends, and land a great job. Like my oldest sister graduated from college. She never lies and she has a great job and she’s someone you can trust. People these days no matter what business they own want to hire honest people, people they can trust and that can work hard.
Lying does not do you or anyone any good. It does not solve anything. Maybe at first if you are a good liar it will, but eventually the trust will come out. When the truth does come out things get bad and problems start to happen. People sometimes get hurt emotionally and physically. For example, if a couple breaks up people sometimes may be fired if it has anything to do with their work, or you can even loose a good friend. You see this all the time in talk shows. Were people come out telling the truth to someone about something they lied about. Then the other people end up getting hurt. It is not worth loosing anything over a lie.
The most important reason why I think people should always tell the truth is so that you can have a clean consciousness. If you lie eventually its gonna get to your consciousness. You will be thinking about the lie and about getting caught. Having a clean consciousness is the best thing you can have. It makes you fell good and you do not have anything to worry about. For Example Bill Clinton when the scandal came out about him and Monica he denied everything. But then with the pressure of the press and his wife he came out with the truth. It was probably the only thing he was thinking about and couldn’t concentrate on other things. So if you have a clean consciousness you are more comfortable with your self and around others.
People may disagree with me and say it is o.k. to lie when it is appropriate, but who can actually decide what is appropriate or not. People can always be saying to themselves that it’s appropriate on anything they want to lie about. Some people may say that it is o.k. to lie so they will not hurt someone they love, but if they did not want to hurt this person they would not have said or done anything that would lead this person to lie. Finally, another thing people might say its o.k. to lie if it’s a small lie that wont hurt any one, but what I think is that if you think it’s a small lie then why lie about it. There is no need for it.
Living in the world these days it is hard enough without having to lie all the time. If people were honest, we would not have so many problems. It does not pay to lie because although you might not get caught your consciousness will eventually get to you. There is nothing like honesty and as the saying goes honesty is the best policy.
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