Great Throughts Treasury

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"Dishonesty is forsaking of permanent for temporary advantage." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"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." -

"No public man can be a little crooked. There is no such thing as a no-man's-land between honesty and dishonesty." - Herbert Hoover, fully Herbert Clark Hoover

"Dishonesty, cowardice and duplicity are never impulsive." - George Raymond Knight

"She who is more ashamed of dishonesty than of poverty will not be easily overcome." -

"Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty." - Charles Simmons

"It is not good to speak of evil of all whom we know bad; it is worse to judge evil of any who may prove good. To speak ill upon knowledge shows a want of charity; to speak ill upon suspicion shows a want of honesty. I will not speak so bad as I know of many; I will not speak worse than I know of any. To know evil of others and not speak it, is sometimes discretion; to speak evils of others and not know it, is always dishonesty. He may be evil himself who speaks good of others upon knowledge, but he can never be good himself who speaks evil of others upon suspicion." - Arthur Warwick

"So grasping is dishonesty, that it is no respecter of persons; it will cheat friends as well as foes; and were it possible, would cheat even God Himself." - George Bancroft

"Dishonesty is a forsaking of permanent for the temporary advantages." - John Christian Bovee

"If an ingenuous detestation of falsehood be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty." - John Locke

"I contend that dishonesty will create a failure force that often manifests itself in other ways - ways not apparent to the outside observer." - Joseph Sugarman

"Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time." - Horace Mann

"Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time." - Horace Mann

"It is a man’s own dishonesty, his crimes, his wickedness, and boldness, that takes away from him soundness of mind; these are the furies, these the flames and firebrands, of the wicked." - Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully NULL

"Of evils current upon earth, the worst is money. It is money that sacks cities, and drives men forth from hearth and home; warps and seduces native innocence, and breeds a habit of dishonesty." - Sophocles NULL

"Over the time thou hast no power; to redeem a world sunk in dishonesty has not been given thee; solely over one man therein thou hast a quite absolute, uncontrollable power; him redeem, him make honest." - Thomas Carlyle

"Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have , so to speak , pawned a part of their narcissism." - Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud

"Natural Science treats of motion and force. Many of its teachings remain as part of an educated man's permanent equipment in life. Such are: (a) The harder you shove a bicycle the faster it will go. This is because of natural science. (b) If you fall from a high tower, you fall quicker and quicker and quicker; a judicious selection of a tower will ensure any rate of speed.(c) If you put your thumb in between two cogs it will go on and on, until the wheels are arrested, by your suspenders. This is machinery. (d) Electricity is of two kinds, positive and negative. The difference is, I presume, that one kind comes a little more expensive, but is more durable; the other is a cheaper thing, but the moths get into it." - Stephen Leacock, fully Stephen Butler Leacock

"Painful for a person is rebellious independence, only in loving companionship with his associates does a person feel safe: Only in reverently bowing down before the higher does a person feel exalted." - Thomas Carlyle

"To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself." - Thomas Carlyle

"There are still people who believe in that and wake up every day believing it's possible, and invest their whole selves in that." - Todd Rundgren, fully Todd Harry Rundgren

"When a man has fallen into the mire, the more he flounders the more he fouls himself." -