National Honesty Day 2014: Best 10 Quotes From U.S. Presidents

April 30, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015
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National Honesty Day is celebrated on April 30 in the U.S. Here the 10 best quotes about honesty from former U.S. presidents.

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson. 

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” — George Washington. 

“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“Honesty is the best policy.” — Benjamin Franklin.

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” ― George Washington.

“I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.” — John F. Kennedy

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” — Abraham Lincoln. 

“I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.” — Harry S. Truman. 

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” — George Washington. 

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” — Abraham Lincoln.