Is honesty always the best policy?

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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.

2013-3-4 8:18:24

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I believe honesty is the best policy. Trust and honesty go hand and hand together. Without honesty there is not trust and without trust there is not honesty. As Edward R. Murrow says, “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.”

I have learned through a recent experience that honesty is a very important key in relationships between people, for example parents and children. Like many teenagers, I have lied. Not all get caught, however, I did. I decided it was a better idea to lie to my parents about where I was going on the weekend so I could go to a party. At first, I thought it was a good idea but I soon learned that it was not. By being honest with my parents, they would trust me more and would have most likely let me attend the party. However, I did the opposite. From my experience I have learned that it is so much easier to just tell the truth from the beginning. Once a lie is created more and more lies start to form and then the one lie is out of control.

Being honest creates better relationships between others.. I have experienced losing the trust of others because I decided to lie. Losing the trust of others has only helped me to realize how important it is to be honest and tell the truth. Yes, the outcome might not always be positive. However, in the end telling the truth will pay off.

Telling the truth does not only make individuals feel better about themselves but also the people around them. Honesty is a characteristic that people are capable of having but it is decided by them if they choose to posses it. From my experiences I have chosen to poses honesty because it will improve my relationship with my parents and other people. It will also make me as a person fell better about myself knowing that I am persuasive, believable, and credible.

2013-3-4 8:23:01

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Growing up my family bestowed many values that I have carried throughout my life many of which include being polite to others, always be a lady, stand up for what is right, and to have respect for others. Knowing what I know now having those as habits will bring you far in life. There are times that I do not act the part and I am not afraid to say it. I have learned from my mistakes which brings me to one of the most important values that I live by every day, honesty. I hold it close to my heart and cherish it because it reaps respect and control.

When I was a young girl I went into a store and took a sucker and did not pay for it and when my grandmother found out what I did wasn’t I in big trouble. I got the “you know better look” but I had no idea what was coming next. I had to go right back in that store with my grandma right behind me every step of the way and tell the cashier that I took that sucker and I was sorry. My grandma paid for the sucker but all was not over because in the end even after the sucker was paid for and we were back in the car I did not get it. To a little kid that was a hard lesson learned. As Tracy Lawrence sings,” lessons learned and they sure run deep they don’t go away and they don’t come cheap.” There are no better words than to describe that moment in my life. It is not that the people in the store knew that I took the sucker or even that they would have missed it, or the fifty cents it would have made them but my grandma was not going to let me by with something she knew was dishonest. That day I received a gift and although it was not the sucker that I wanted it was something that took me a few years to figure out and it will stay with me for a lifetime.

Today, there are many times that I would rather just take the easy way out and cheat or lie my way into victory and no one would probably even notice but that would be a battle lost in my life and I will not lose at a battle that I was taught to win. I know that I am not a model of perfection in any way and I am not here to say that a lie has never drifted from my lips but I am here to say that I would rather deal with the struggle of reality and facing the truth than living a lie. My mother always told me that if you tell one lie you have to tell a million more to cover it up.

In my short life of just twenty years I have learned and experienced some of the greatest things and I am forever grateful I have not seen the Great Wall of China, I have not seen the roman coliseum, I have not got to experience the pyramids of Egypt but I am able to look the people around me in the face and speak of the truth to them and that is the greatest wonder to me. I wish it was an epidemic around the world to speak and live the truth but in fact the truth hurts at times but I find more pain in speaking a lie than learning a lesson from it.

I would rather someone hate me for telling them the truth than love me for leading them in a trail of lies. That is why I think my friends and family ask me for advice because whether they want to hear it or not I am painfully honest. I believe the truth is an exciting concept and it is sad that people drift away from it when it is most needed.

2013-3-4 8:22:08

Posted by doctorzhang | 个人主页 | 引用 | 返回 | 删除 | 回复

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Honesty is the quality to be free of deceit and untruthfulness. There are many reasons I believe in honesty. The first reason is honesty is one of the best things to have because with out honesty you will not get friends, you will not get a job, and you will not be trusted.

Many people think “Honesty is the best policy”, I am one of those people. I agree with this statement because honesty is needed for many things, and that’s why I use honesty on a daily basis. I try and do my best in everything I do and that makes me honest within myself.

Honesty is needed in many career fields, such as Law enforcement, Medical, Teaching, Government, and Religious career fields. My mom and dad both have to be honest in their careers. My dad is a State Trooper, and my mom is a nurse. If they were not honest they could lose their jobs or hurt many people. A lot of people lose their jobs because they are not honest, I do not want to be one of these people. In all the careers I have thought about, you need to be honest or you will not get the job. There are a lot of business people in the news who are in jail or have been in trouble for stealing money from their companies and being dishonest.

I also believe in honesty because, honesty is a strong value that is often learned at home. It is much easier to tell a lie than it is to be honest about something. People who are honest with each other and themselves make better friends and family members than people who chose to not be honest.

Another reason I believe in honesty, is that with being honest a person develops more pride in themselves and the things they do. An honest person who gives one hundred percent in everything they do can be proud to say they did it. I am also one of those people because I give one hundred percent in everything I try and do.

I am an honest person and that’s why I believe I have good friends. My friends are all honest people also. If I didn’t have honest friends I am sure I wouldn’t be as honest. When people hang out with other people who are not honest they sometimes give in to peer pressure and do things such as steal and cheat, which causes them to get into trouble.

Truthfulness and respect go with being honest. All of these things are strong values and qualities that people should have. I believe being honest will take you farther in life than taking the easy way out and not telling the truth or being disrespectful.

I have been taught honesty, respect, and truthfulness all my life. Wherever I am at, my parents always tell me to be respectful to others. Whenever I do something wrong I have been taught to always be honest or truthful and own up to what it was. Lying is easy, sometimes being honest is hard. Without honesty I would not be who I am today.

2013-3-4 8:21:13

Posted by doctorzhang | 个人主页 | 引用 | 返回 | 删除 | 回复

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Everyone is raised with their own beliefs. Some people believe in the power of love, forgiveness, and even things like “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. I happen to have several beliefs, but the one with the most feeling, and reasoning is honesty. When your little, you always tend to get into things your not supposed to, and when your mom asks what your doing your natural instinct is to give that cute little kid voice and say nothing mom. When in reality, you just told a lie. When your younger your told that not being honest isn’t the right thing to do. However, as you get older, telling the truth seems to get harder to do. In my case, it was different.

I grew up having mainly one parent. My mom taught my brother and I very early on that honesty was always a good quality to have and she wanted to make sure we knew that. Spending time with my dad, always tended to erase what she taught me about honesty. My dad finds it cool to lie about everything. No matter what it is, you can never get the honest truth out of him. For example, last Saturday we went to the mall and he told me to pick out some things I wanted for Christmas, and if they weren’t too expensive he’d pick them up for me. We went into Hot Topic, I wanted a tee shirt and a hoodie, he got it for me, but then told me he didn’t have any more money. Yeah, he lied right there because we were in Radio Shack, and he bought a new cable for his guitar. So he did lie to me, however, if I were to lie to him he would throw a fit. His actions are all based upon lies, that’s one of the reasons that I believe in honesty. One thing about honesty is once someone isn’t honest with you anymore, you also start to lose trust in them, because then you wonder if they lie to you once will they lie to you again?

Recently, I lied to my mom. I am a teenager, and I’ll admit it, I’m known as a goody two shoes. I do all my work, don’t deal with any substances, and I obey my mom. About a week ago, I told my mom I was late because my brother never came to pick me up, the truth, I fell asleep on my boyfriends couch, and no-one woke me up. The reason I feel asleep was because I had a migraine and my mom said if my head hurt to stay home, but of course I wanted to see my boyfriend so I lied.

If I had never lied about my head hurting in the first place, I wouldn’t have gone out, never have gotten punished, and wouldn’t have lost my moms trust for a few days, Did I learn a lesson? Yes I did. Why? Because I have a good relationship with my mom, and don’t want to ruin it.

Honesty truly is the best policy.

2013-3-4 8:19:45

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