V Is For Veracity

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!

15 Comments

  • Lesly T. Federici
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    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    I always try to err on the side of honesty. Remember the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”?. Honesty, integrity is so important. People are lied to so many times, in business, media.. etc. And, we also lie to ourselves. But I think if you can raise your head high knowing you’re on the side of maintaining integrity, you’ll be respected more. So vital in building relationships.
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  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    Yeah the truth can be bitter which is why most people are not fan of the truth. However, the truth is pure and has so much benefits. I love to abide by the truth and honesty is my policy. Thanks for sharing. Take Care
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  • Emi

    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    Sometimes the truth can be painful, but I think there shouldn’t be any other way no matter what. Truth can set you free 🙂
    Have a blessing Sunday!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Emi, thanks for visiting. Yes, that is true. I wonder how many of us have not told the truth though just to be kind? Sometimes we keep quiet rather than saying something that might potentially hurt.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Interesting question and it is important to distinguish between integrity and honesty. It is ESSENTIAL to always be honest with yourself. You can save yourself a lot of trouble that way.

    But when it comes to your dealings with others, white lies often serve both people. If your friend has put on a lot of weight and proudly shows you her new outfit, do you tell her “You look too fat to wear that” or do you politely say “What a beautiful outfit” or “You look good”

    If your partner is a bit clumsy in a sexual situation, do you blast him or her by saying “You are a lousy lover; my other lovers were much better” or do you find a way to say something kind and hope to perhaps, gradually teach the other person?

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Erica, thanks for visiting. I agree that saying nothing is sometimes preferable to being brutally honest.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Kathryn Maclean
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    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    How honest am I ?

    I learned honesty as a small child. I was not truthful with my mother and
    she caught me in the lie. She insisted that I make good on the terrible thing
    I had done. What was even worst she said than stealing was the fact that I
    had lied about it.

    Hard for a child to learn but vital in their character. I try never to lie about anything in my life. People may think me rather straight forward because or it. It’s important to me to be as honest as I can possibly be.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Kathryn, thanks for visiting. I love that you learned from your mistake, isn’t that what they are for? I do sometimes say nothing though if I think it will avoid conflict.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Lillian
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    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Love this quote! – Denis Diderot, ‘We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter’.

    I’ve never heard of that quote before. Yes, honesty is the best policy. I try my absolute best to tell the truth but if I don’t have anything nice to say at all I don’t say anything.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Lillian
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Lillian, thanks for visiting. I agree with you, if you can’t say anything nice say nothing at all. Good philosophy.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • David Merrill
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    Reply Reply May 23, 2016

    It is important to be truthful with others, Mandy, but it is especially important to be truthful with ourselves. This truth is what shapes our actions. It is what gives us integrity and sincerity in our lives, and in our work.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi David, thanks for visiting. I agree that integrity is essential but sometimes that leads us to say nothing rather than something that may hurt.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • I think I’d rather know the truth than be kept in the dark…
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Clifford, thanks for visiting. If you are happy to hear everything then you will hear all that you are meant to hear for sure.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Barrie Evans
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    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    Always important for me to be honest with myself and others. Quite frankly, if you can’t be honest with yourself, how can you ever be honest with anyone else?
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