Slander cannot destroy the honest - when the flood recedes the rock is there. Chinese proverb

What is Honesty?


The quality or condition of being truthful and trustworthy, showing integrity. (www.dictionary.com)

Cultural Perspective:
Plagiarism is viewed negatively in the United States, however in other cultures plagiarism is viewed differently. In some cultures, teachers are highly respected academically and their words are considered the final authority. Instruction is done through rigorous learning and memorization. It is considered respectful to use what experts have written rather than use your own thoughts, which are less informed. (Watters, N. (2003). The virtues gazette: Bringing virtues to life. Retrieved June 2, 2005 from http:www.virtuesconsulting.com/vg10.html)

Quotes about Honesty:

  • Truth fears no questions. ~Unknown
  • A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. ~Author unknown
  • 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
  • With lies you may get ahead in the world, but you can never go back. ~Russian Proverb

Reflective question about Honesty:

  • What does honesty mean to you?
  • What motivates dishonesty?
  • Can you recall a situation that being honest was a challenge? How did you work through the situation?