Integrity (quotes)

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What is integrity?

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Integrity is adherence to moral principles

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Integrity is when what you do on the outside matches who you are on the inside

  • I have a very simple definition of integrity: you are in integrity when what you are doing on the outside matches who you are on the inside. I respect people who live unapologetically. I know people who do things I do not agree with or would not do myself, but I honor them for being 100 percent who they are. They are in integrity. Alan Cohen
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Integrity is doing what you know is good and right

  • ‘Tis better to suffer wrong than do it. Thomas Fuller
  • Just do good, don’t worry about the road ahead. Monk Wansong
  • Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it. George Eliot
  • Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.  Chinese Proverb
  • My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine
  • To have integrity one must be consistently honest and trustworthy in everything one does. . . . When you have integrity, people know you will do what you know is right. . . . It’s knowing what you have to do without someone telling you to do it. It is the core of a person’s–and a company’s–reputation.  Dick Kovacevich
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Integrity is living in harmony with your own value system

  • The highest morality is personal integrity—living in harmony with your own value system. Alan Cohen
  • Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe. Barbara De Angelis
  • The ability to stand by one’s principles, to live with integrity and faith according to one’s belief – that is what matters, that is the difference between a contribution and a commitment. Howard W. Hunter
  • The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. Buddha
  • Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain. Chris Karcher
  • Core values are those deep motivators that are the source of your passion and purpose. Values provide the ground of inner congruence and integrity. Eric Klein
  • In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current. Thomas Jefferson
  • Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea. Ayn Rand
  • The highest morality is personal integrity—living in harmony with your own value system. Alan Cohen
  • True integrity—the true test of character—is to live what you say is important to you—even when you don’t feel like it—to live your values above and beyond your moods. James Arthur Ray
  • You are a disciple, a follower, of your own deep values and their source. And you have the will, the integrity, to subordinate your feelings, your impulses, your moods to those values. Stephen Covey
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Integrity is when your actions match your values and beliefs

  • Integrity (from the same roots as the word integrated) comes when a person’s words and behaviors match up. True integrity—the true test of character—is to live what you say is important to you—even when you don’t feel like it—to live your values above and beyond your moods. James Arthur Ray
  • Integrity is the integration of ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs—and behavior. When our behavior is congruent with our professed values, when ideals and practice match up, we have integrity. Nathaniel Branden
  • Keep your thoughts and feelings in harmony with your actions. The surest way to realize your purpose is to eliminate any conflict that exists between what you’re thinking and feeling and how you are living your days. Wayne Dyer
  • We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach.  Bertrand Russell
  • Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it. H. McKee
  • Integrity comes when a person’s words and behaviors match up. True integrity—the true test of character—is to live what you say is important to you—even when you don’t feel like it—to live your values above and beyond your moods. James Arthur Ray
  • Living with integrity means behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Barbara De Angelis
  • One of the first principles of living consciously is to become aware of the contradictions that exist between our values and behaviors. What do you do when you notice your behavior is not matching up with your stated values?  Do you evade the truth? Or do you have the courage to modify your self-concept or change your behavior so you’re in integrity?  Brian Johnson
  • The integrity of people is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions. Junius
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Integrity is when your actions match your life purpose

  • The core of your life is your purpose. Everything in your life, from your diet to your career, must be aligned with your purpose if you are to act with coherence and integrity in the world. If you know your purpose, your deepest desire, then the secret of success is to discipline your life so that you support your deepest purpose and minimize distraction and detours. David Deida
  • Align your life to live in integrity with your purpose. Brian Johnson
  • If you don’t know your purpose, discover it, now. The core of your life is your purpose. Everything in your life, from your diet to your career, must be aligned with your purpose if you are to act with coherence and integrity in the world. If you know your purpose, your deepest desire, then the secret of success is to discipline your life so that you support your deepest purpose and minimize distractions and detours.  David Deida
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Integrity is when your actions match what you say

  • Integrity means congruence. Words and behaviour match. Nathaniel Branden
  • It is not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. Francis Bacon
  • When deeds and words are in accord, the whole world is transformed. Chuang Tzu
  • What you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying. Henry Adams
  • You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say. John D. Mitchell
  • What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. John Ruskin
  • Never separate the life you lead from the words you speak. Paul Wellstone
  • Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do. Don Galer
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Integrity is honoring your commitments and promises

  • If you want to take the meaning of the word integrity and reduce it to its simplest terms, you’d conclude that a man of integrity is a promise keeper. When he gives you his word. You can take it to the bank. His word is good. Bill McCartney
  • Hold firmly to your word. Maimonides
  • Do you honor your commitments? If you have a bunch of broken commitments over the last day/week/month/year/decade, you’re energetically drowning in the weight of that lack of integrity. Brian Johnson
  • To develop integrity, quit making so many commitments and really check in before you make your next commitment and confirm to yourself that you will, for sure, follow through. Brian Johnson
  • The commitments we make to ourselves and to others, and our integrity to those commitments, is the essence and clearest manifestation of our proactivity. Stephen Covey
  • I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character – not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth.  D. Rockefeller
  • I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do. Arthur Warwick
  • Integrity is when you do what you say you will do. Stephen Covey
  • Living a life of integrity starts with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality, the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition, are ultimately integrated and harmonized. Stephen Covey
  • There is nothing so lethal to personal integrity as half-finished tasks.   Kevin Hall
  • Every time we give our word, it counts. For the most part, most people give it entirely too often. Our word is a precious commodity and should be treated as such. John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
  • Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. Marcus Aurelius
  • Honor your commitments with integrity. Les Brown
  • People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others have excuses. Laura Schlessinger
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Integrity is having a sense of right and wrong action…

  • Observe that before the issue of integrity can even be raised we need principles of behaviour—moral convictions about what is and is not appropriate—judgments about right and wrong action. If we do not yet hold standards, we are on too low a developmental rung even to be accused of hypocrisy. In such a case, our problems are too severe to be described merely as lack of integrity. Nathaniel Branden
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… based on your conscience rather than external rules or what others think and do…

  • Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus
  • The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. Harper Lee
  • In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what’s right. Isaac Asimov
  • How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy. Marcus Aurelius
  • Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be criticized anyway. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.  Chinese Proverb
  • The only guide to a man is his conscience. Winston Churchill
  • What’s right for most people in most situations isn’t right for everyone in every situation. Real morality lies in following one’s own heart. Embeth Davidtz
  • Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. William Penn
  • Do what you think is right. Don’t let people make the decision of right or wrong for you. Steve Maraboli
  • Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependent upon popular opinion? William Lloyd Garrison
  • I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus
  • If moral behavior were simply following rules, we could program a computer to be moral. Samuel P. Ginder
  • No one has ever succeeded in pleasing everyone, and you won’t be the first. Even Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama, and many pure-hearted world change agents incurred the wrath of those who did not understand them. Great world- movers do not turn back or compromise their integrity for the sake of popular opinion. They are true to their inner guidance and their relationship with their Higher Power. Rather than please people, they please their soul, which is all that really matters. Alan Cohen
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Integrity is living by a moral code, even when nobody is watching

  • Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Oprah Winfrey
  • Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching. Jim Stovall
  • Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.  C. Watts
  • Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay. Michael Josephson
  • In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard. Nicholas Sparks
  • What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient. Bodie Thoene
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Integrity is about honesty …

  • Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people. Spencer Johnson
  • If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself. Hopi Adage
  • Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving. James E. Faust
  • Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one’s consciousness can permit the faking of existence.  Ayn Rand
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… especially honesty with yourself

  • The best thing that human beings can do for themselves is to always be absolutely, totally, and completely coming from an honesty with themselves, a total internal integrity. Adyashanti
  • Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Walter Anderson
  • Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door. Vernon Howard
  • Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Richard Bach
  • Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lies comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, around him, and so loses all respect for himself and others.  Fyodor Doestoyevsky
  • Your integrity begins with you. If you are not true to yourself, how can you be true to others? John Wooden
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Integrity is standing in your own truth

  • It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it. A. Hodge
  • Truth allows you to live with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are. Let it be the Truth. Oprah Winfrey
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Integrity: The highest virtue

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Integrity is the highest of virtues …

  • A little integrity is better than any career. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Character is higher than intellect. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, and kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows. Moliere
  • If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows. Jean Baptiste Molière, Le Misanthrope
  • I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. George Washington
  • Let us be true: integrity is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and virtue, and of all moral authority.  Henri Frederic Amiel
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… a virtue that is truly universal

  • Perhaps, indeed, there are no truly universal ethics: or to put it more precisely, the ways in which ethical principles are interpreted will inevitably differ across cultures and eras. Yet, these differences arise chiefly at the margins. All known societies embrace the virtues of truthfulness, integrity, loyalty, fairness; none explicitly endorse falsehood, dishonesty, disloyalty, gross inequity. Howard Gardner
  • Principles are universal —that is, they transcend culture and geography. They’re also timeless, they never change—principles such as fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service, contribution. Stephen Covey
  • Integrate these principles and habits deep within your nature; into your basic character: integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, simplicity, modesty. Stephen Covey
  • If you look at all enduring philosophies, religions and thoughts, you will find principles such as integrity, compassion, trust, honesty, accountability and others at their core. Stephen Covey
  • Real success requires respect for and faithfulness to the highest human values– honesty, integrity, self- discipline, dignity, compassion, humility, courage, personal responsibility, courtesy, and human service. Michael DeBakey, M.D.
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The rewards of integrity

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Integrity builds confidence and self-worth

  • I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self- esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude—that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way. Stephen Covey
  • If you don’t respect yourself, you cannot maintain your confidence, regardless of how well you follow all the other principles. Nothing will inform you as a person more than your actions, specifically your promise- keeping ratio during your life. It defines you as either a truth teller or a liar. Tim Sanders
  • Your self-esteem, the core of your personality, has been defined by psychologist Nathaniel Branden as “the reputation you have with yourself.” Brian Tracy
  • Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside. Brian Tracy
  • That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. William J.H. Boetcker
  • Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. Marcus Aurelius
  • Don’t worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward. Laura Schlessinger
  • Integrity simply means not violating one’s own identity. Erich Fromm
  • My security does not come from the way people treat me or by comparing myself to others. It comes from my basic integrity. Stephen Covey
  • The desire for self-esteem without integrity is like the desire for wealth without effort–a longing for the unearned. Nathaniel Branden
  • There can be no friendship without confidence and no confidence without integrity. Samuel Johnson
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Integrity builds character

  • Integrity is organic fertilizer for your character. Brian Johnson
  • Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.   Jackson Brown
  • Character comes from following our highest sense of right, from trusting ideas without being sure they’ll work. Richard Bach
  • Character usually refers to those personal attributes that are relevant to moral conduct, self-mastery, will-power, and integrity. Haslam
  • Courage combined with integrity is the foundation of character. Brian Tracy
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Integrity builds trust

  • To be loved and trusted by those who know us best is life’s greatest compliment. Jack Anthony
  • There is always room for those who can be relied upon to deliver the goods when they say they will. Napoleon Hill
  • When we consistently do the things that align with our highest vision of ourselves—whether it’s getting up early to meditate or to exercise or to read or whatever—we build a deep level of self-trust that creates a magical energy. Brian Johnson
  • The glue that holds all relationships together is trust, and trust is based on integrity. Brian Tracy
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Integrity creates happiness

  • Happiness is when what you think and what you say and what you feel are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
  • But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? Albert Camus
  • There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. Freya Stark
  • How true are you to yourself? That is the degree of your contentment. Vernon Howard
  • Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy. Buddha
  • Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • When we do wrong, we come to suffering. When we do good in the world, we come to happiness. The Bhagavad Gita
  • Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you as your shadow, unbreakable. Buddha
  • Do good and feel good. Do bad and feel bad.  It’s that simple.
  • Man must search for what is right and let happiness come on its own. Johann Pestalozzi
  • Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness – not pain or mindless self-indulgence – is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. Ayn Rand
  • If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it. Immanuel Hermass von Fichte
  • If you are not living in joy, you are out of integrity with your soul. Michael Beckwith
  • When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. Abraham Lincoln
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Integrity creates inner peace

  • Equanimity is essentially an umbrella for our most coveted human virtues: integrity, honesty, empathy, authenticity, patience, compassion. Danielle Robinson
  • God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t. Alfred Korzyybski
  • When you at last give your life – bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace. Peace Pilgrim
  • As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people’s opinions or by comparisons to others. “Wrong” and “right” will have little to do with being found out. Stephen Covey
  • When we live and act with integrity, we feel confident about our actions and words, which results in the equanimity of blamelessness. Gil Fronsdal
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Integrity brings a clear conscious; freedom from guilt

  • With integrity you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. With fear and guilt removed you are free to be and do your best. Zig Ziglar
  • There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. French Proverb
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Integrity makes it easier to live with yourself

  • A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company. Charles Evans Hughes
  • Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. Janis Joplin
  • Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the mirror through which you must see the world. George Bernard Shaw
  • You will always have to live with yourself, and it is to your best interest to see that you have good company — a clean, pure, straight, honest, upright, generous, magnanimous companion. Orison Swett Marden
  • A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. Mark Twain
  • Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
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Integrity brings personal greatness

  • Integrity is not about doing what is easy. It is about taking the path of greatness, which is never easy. The reward is the path itself. The striving for greatness is the way to win the battle within. Mike Mahler
  • The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. Oscar Wilde
  • Your integrity will affect your destiny; don’t leave home without it. Clarence E. Hodges
  • Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau
  • A life lived with integrity–even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune–is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come. Denis Waitley
  • Genius can be more accurately identified by perseverance, courage, concentration, enormous drive, and absolute integrity—talent alone is certainly not enough. David R. Hawkins
  • No man can be truly great who is not absolutely honest and sincere. He may be brilliant, but brilliancy will not of itself bring greatness. Men may admire him, but they will not trust him. Whatever endowments or qualifications a man may have, he must also possess the crowning one of integrity if he becomes actually great. Benjamin Lawrence
  • Our character is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be. George Santayana
  • The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. Bob Marley
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Integrity brings success

  • Integrity is the essence of everything successful. Buckminster Fuller
  • Integrity is the first step to true greatness. People love to praise but are slow to practice it.  To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.  Charles Simmons
  • Six essential qualities are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, and charity. William Menninger
  • The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. Zig Ziglar
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Integrity brings wholeness

  • Few words carry more depth of meaning than “integrity.” The popular modern definition is one of being honest and having strong moral conviction, but its roots go much deeper than that. “Integrity” comes from the Latin “integer,” which, as you’ll recall from elementary math, refers to a whole number. Integrity of one’s word means our word is whole and complete.  Kevin Hall
  • Integrity requires that I discern what is integral to my selfhood, what fits and what does not–and that I choose life-giving ways of relating to the forces that converge within me: Do I welcome them or fear them, embrace them or reject them, move with them or against them?  By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection.  It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.  Parker J. Palmer
  • Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Yet more reasons why integrity is so important

  • Integrity is the foundation upon which all other values are built. Brian Tracy
  • Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Courage is the foundation of integrity. Mark Twain
  • Few words carry more depth of meaning than “integrity.” The popular modern definition is one of being honest and having strong moral conviction, but its roots go much deeper than that. “Integrity” comes from the Latin “integer,” which, as you’ll recall from elementary math, refers to a whole number. Integrity of one’s word means our word is whole and complete.  Kevin Hall
  • Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good.  Alan Cohen
  • Deep inside, our integrity sings to us whether we are listening or not. It is a note that only we can hear. Eventually, when life makes us ready to listen, it will help us to find our way home.  Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become. John O’Donohue
  • Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins. Edward Kennedy
  • If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain
  • In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of your own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give you a humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of people, or the iniquity of the times may rob you of other rewards. Barbara Paley
  • Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community. John W. Gardner
  • Natural laws (like gravity) and principles (like respect, honesty, kindness, integrity, and fairness) control the consequences of our choices. Just as you get bad air and bad water when you consistently violate the environment, so also is trust (the glue of relationships) destroyed when you’re consistently unkind and dishonest to people. Stephen Covey
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You pay a price for lack of integrity

  • Here’s another way to look at it: We’re either in integrity or we’re disintegrating. When we violate our own deepest truths it’s like we’re literally breaking down from within. Brian Johnson
  • There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. Freya Stark
  • You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. Hermann Hesse
  • If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave. Fulton J. Sheen
  • To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. Gandhi
  • You do not wake up one morning a bad person. It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-     Robert Brault
  • If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. Alan Simpson
  • If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare. William Arnot
  • Perhaps losing integrity with yourself is the greatest stress of all, far more hurtful to us than competition, time pressure, or lack of respect. Our vitality is rooted in our integrity.  When we do not live in one piece, our life force becomes divided. Becoming separated from our authentic values may weaken us.  Rachel Naomi Remen
  • The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure. C. Forbes
  • The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation. Cheryl Hughes
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Live with integrity

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Build your integrity and live from it

  • Keep your promises. Fulfill your commitments. Tim Sanders
  • Never sacrifice your inner integrity to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Vernon Howard
  • Be so true to thyself, as thou be not false to others. Francis Bacon
  • This above all; to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare
  • Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. W. Clement Stone
  • Therefore, I will aspire and tend to virtue, And steep myself in it with great devotion. Shantideva
  • In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson
  • Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing; either you have it or you don’t. Peter Scotese
  • Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to. Arnold H. Glasow
  • Try to find the path of least resistance and use it without harming others. Live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings. Steven Seagal
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Speak with integrity

  • Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. Miguel Ángel Ruiz
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Each day, ask yourself these key questions

  • At the simplest level, personal integrity entails such questions as: Am I honest, reliable, and trustworthy? Do I keep my promises? Do I do the things I say I admire and do I avoid the things I say I deplore? Am I fair and just in my dealings with others? Nathaniel Branden
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Rules for doing and saying what is right

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Here are some rules of thumb for doing what is right

  • The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology. Red Auerbach
  • Every time I’ve done something that doesn’t feel right, it’s ended up not being right. Mario Cuomo
  • Govern thy life and thy thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other. Thomas Fuller
  • Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. Thomas Jefferson
  • Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the world — even if what is published is not true. Richard Bach
  • Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other “sins” are invented nonsense.  (Hurting yourself is not a sin –  just stupid.)  Robert A. Heinlein
  • Anything that helps you maintain unruffled equanimity is right action. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • In Zen Buddhism an action is considered good when it brings happiness and well-being to oneself and others, evil when it brings suffering and harm to oneself and others. Thich Thien-An
  • What would our world be like if we ceased to worry about “right” and “wrong,” or “good” and “evil,” and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important? Sam Harris
  • It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly. Thomas Jefferson
  • If we are ever in doubt what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done. John Lubbock
  • In judging ourselves, we cannot be too severe; in judging others, we cannot be too candid. We should judge ourselves by our motives, but others by their actions. William Nevins
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Here are some rules of thumb for saying what is right

  • Assume everything you say about another, they can overhear; now speak accordingly. Stephen Covey
  • Before speaking, consult your inner-truth barometer, and resist the temptation to tell people only what they want to hear. Wayne Dyer
  • Before you speak, think – Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence?  Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.  Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Be impeccable With Your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.  Don Miguel Ruiz
  • If something uncharitable is said in your presence, either speak in favor of the absent, or withdraw, or, if possible, stop the conversation. John Vianney
  • Words transform. Speak only with a good purpose. Say only things that serve you and others. Choose your words wisely. Robert G. Allen
  • If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. Marcus Aurelius
  • Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to.
  • If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it. Earl Wilson
  • Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. Gautama Buddha
  • If you have nothing nice to say about a person . . . don’t say it.
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Integrity requires courage

  • Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right.  These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.  Clement Stone
  • Courage is the foundation of integrity. Mark Twain
  • Courage is the father of all virtues; we need great courage to lead our lives by correct principles and to have integrity in the moment of choice.  Stephen Covey
  • God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless. Chester W. Nimitz
  • It is curious—curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. Mark Twain
  • Morality may consist solely in the courage of making a choice. Léon Blum
  • With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. Keshavan Nair
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Final thoughts

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Integrity and leadership

  • The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. Dwight Eisenhower
  • The trajectory of authentic leadership is towards richer more powerful ways of being in the world to create and serve with integrity and joy. Eric Klein
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Access your natural integrity through meditation

  • Meditation is an essential travel partner on your journey of personal transformation. Meditation connects you with your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love. Sarah McLean
  • Meditation requires courage. It requires the basic integrity, sincerity, respect towards your own being. At least don’t deceive yourself. Rajneesh
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On a lighter note

  • Promises are like crying babies in a theatre, they should be carried out at once. Tim Sanders
  • My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.
  • Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. Will Rogers
  • My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating.  Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. Henry Louis Mencken
  • If we were all to be judged by our thoughts, the hills would be swarming with outlaws. Johann Sigurjonsson
  • The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. Groucho Marx
  • Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing. Michael Lapoce
  • Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time.  L. Mencken
  • Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.
  • Conscience is, in most, an anticipation of the opinion of others. Henry Taylor
  • The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it. Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you’re in. Rich Jeni
  • I keep reading between the lies. Goodman Ace
  • A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Winston Churchill
  • A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory. Mark Twain
  • Truth is the safest lie. Maxwell Carver
  • Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other. Mark Twain
  • Integrity is crucial for business success – once you can fake that, you’ve got it made. Henry Ford
  • Integrity is praised and then left out in the cold. Junius
  • Sarah learnt a lot from Alex. Like the way men could say one thing, then another, then act in a way inconsistent with both positions and somehow still be convinced of their own integrity. Emily Maguire
  • Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity. Don Marquis
  • The integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. Hunter S. Thompson
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