What is honesty?
- Honesty is telling the
- Honesty is straightforward
- Honesty is being sincere, truthful,
trustworthy, honorable, fair, genuine, and loyal with
- Tell the truth despite
- Voice their opinion in a kind, thoughtful
- "Tell on" someone only when
- Show and share their
- Know their classmates and teachers care and
want the best for them
- Feel and react without
- Express themselves positively as well as
You are being honest when you
- Do your own homework
- Tell a friend the truth
- Explain the real reason you didn't turn in
- Keep your eyes on your own
- Clean up your room after making a
- Give the cashier the extra money she gave
you by mistake
- Write a report in your own words instead of
- Admit you made the mistake
- Keep a friend's secret
- Turn in a wallet full of money that you
Be honest with
- Accept responsibility for your own actions;
don't blame others.
- Be honest about your
- Face issues as they arise.
- If you are considering lying, try to think
of the consequences.
- When confronted with a situation, think of
- Truth exists; only falsehood has to be
invented. (George Braque)
- The truth is more important than the facts.
(Frank L. Wright)
- In the mountains of truth, you never climb
in vain. (Nietzsche)
- If you tell the truth, you have infinite
power supporting you.
More quotes about
- There is no wisdom like frankness.
- A harmful truth is better than a useful
lie. (Thomas Mann)
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Honesty is the first chapter in the book of
- One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.
- Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who
believed that a person's first duty was to be
- Cochise was a Native American leader who
was known for his honor and for keeping his word.
- Barbara Jordan was a remarkable
Congresswoman who was a model for honesty in
- Martin Luther was a religious leader who
led the Reformation movement (against the existing church) with
honesty and courage.
Put honesty into
- Thank someone in your family for being
- Tell your parents about a mistake you've
- Tell the truth when you've done something
- Compliment a friend for being
- Express your real feelings without anger,
without blaming others, without exaggerating, and without hurting
the feelings of someone else.
- Turn in something that is lost and
encourage others to do the same.
- When someone wants to copy your work,
politely explain that it isn't right and that it's best to do your
- Admit a mistake or error in judgment you
have made and apologize to anyone it might have
- Do your schoolwork honestly
- Be truthful with your friends and thank
them for being truthful with you.
- When you ask someone to be honest with you,
don't get angry with them if their honesty isn't what you wanted
- Write a letter of thanks to a politician or
community leader who has taken a stand on a controversial
- Visit a senior citizen center to play board
games with the residents. Make very honest moves as you
- Share the meaning of honesty with your
family. Ask them to share their ideas with you.
- Remind members of your community to be
honest. Decorate public areas with signs telling about the value
- Create a classroom honor code. Write it
down and hang it up in the classroom, so that everyone can see it
all year long.
- Plan a class field trip to a daycare center
to tell stories with themes of honesty to young
8 great reasons to tell the
- Telling the truth lets everyone know what
really happened. There's less chances of misunderstandings,
confusion, or conflict.
- Telling the truth protects innocent people
from being blamed or punished.
- Telling the truth allows everyone to learn
from what happened.
- You usually get into less trouble for
telling the truth than for lying (and getting
- Other people trust you more when you tell
- You don't have to tell more lies to keep
your story straight.
- You gain a reputation for being truthful -
a trait that most people value.
- Telling the truth helps you feel secure and
10 tips for being more
- Make a commitment to tell the truth and
- Tell someone about your commitment and
- Think before you give a dishonest answer,
explanation, or reason.
- Be careful of when and how you use
exaggeration, sarcasm, or irony.
- Be careful not to twist the truth or leave
out part of it.
- Don't indulge in little white lies; don't
get caught in cover-ups.
- Watch out for silent lies. When you know
about a lie and keep quiet, the lie lives on.
- When you catch yourself lying, throw your
mouth into reverse and tell the truth.
- Talk to yourself quietly and ask what is
the best thing to do.
- Treat your to something special with you
tell the truth even when it's hard.
- Write and perform a skit in which you and
others debate the saying "Honesty is the best
- Discuss what is means to "live a
- List examples of what honesty means to you
- Research whistle-blowers or people who go
public about an unfair, unsafe, or unethical practice in the
workplace or other place.
- Study honesty and dishonesty in
advertising. Read or look at ads - in the news, magazines, on
- Learn about the relationship of honesty and
- Learn about honesty in scientific or
- Compare national honesty (crime statistics)
with local honesty. Which is higher?
- Research cultures past and present to learn
their views of honesty.
- Find out how your school handles
dishonesty. Are there student guidelines about cheating, stealing,
lying, plagiarism, and other issues?
- Survey your class to find out how honest
- Collect pictures of people throughout
history who have been known for their honesty.
- Write a jingle about honesty or
- Read stories about honesty.
For Grades K-3
A Day's Work - Bunting
The Empty Pot - Demi
Ira Sleeps Over - Waber
Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine - Ness
The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Potter
Too Many Tamales - Soto
What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed? - Lerner
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Petunia - Duvoisin
Ruby Copy Cat - Rathmann
Strega Nona - De Paola
Rooter Remembers: a Bank Street Book about Values -
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth - Berenstain
The True Francine - Brown
Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock - Stevens
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire - De Groat
I Did It, I'm Sorry - Buehner
Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul 2 - Canfield
The Value of Honesty: the Story of Confucius - Johnson
The Value of Truth and Trust: the Story of Cochise -
Dog Years - Warner
Humbug - Bawden
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook - Park
The Skull of Truth - Coville
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog - Choldenko
Honest Abe - Kunhardt
On My Honor - Bauer
Jennifer-The-Jerk Is Missing - Gorman
One-Eyed Cat - Fox
Spying on Miss Muller - Bunting
Water Sky - George
Your Move, J.P. - Lowry
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