Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean.
—Pema Chödrön in When Things Fall Apart
When you can’t be honest with people, you can’t ever relax with them.
—Dorothy Koomson in My Best Friend’s Girl
I make mistakes; I'll be the second to admit it.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
If you look at history, even recent history, you see that there is indeed progress. … Over time, the cycle is clearly, generally upwards. And it doesn't happen by laws of nature. And it doesn't happen by social laws. … It happens as a result of hard work by dedicated people who are willing to look at problems honestly, to look at them without illusions, and to go to work chipping away at them, with no guarantee of success — in fact, with a need for a rather high tolerance for failure along the way, and plenty of disappointments.
I am still looking for the modern equivalent of those Quakers who ran successful businesses, made money because they offered honest products and treated their people decently, worked hard, spent honestly, saved honestly, gave honest value for money, put back more than they took out, and told no lies. This business creed, sadly, seems long forgotten.