Do you believe that truth can do more harm than good? Oscar Wilde once said, ‘the truth is rarely pure and never simple’. And Denis Diderot, ‘We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter’. Truth will out, as Shakespeare said.
Honesty is the best policy. A frequently used phrase that was also actually written by William Shakespeare, and it continues, ‘If I lose mine honor, I lose myself’.
Thomas Jefferson said ‘Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom’, and Spencer Johnson: ‘Integrity is telling myself the truth, and honesty is telling the truth to others’. We often sacrifice truth to our vanity, comfort or our advantage.
So, how honest are you, with yourself and with others? Do you find it hard to be veracious?
Enjoy the journey!