quotations about sincerity
Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
GEORGE HENRY LEWES, The Principles of Success in Literature
Sincerity is the face of the soul.
SANIAL-DUBAY, attributed, Day's Collacon
When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people's hearts.
LAO TZU, Wen-Tzu: Understanding the Mysteries
If I'm sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?
JOSÉ SARAMAGO, Blindness
Sincerity is the way of heaven.
CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius
Sincerity is not part of the political vocabulary. If it is used or implied bells should ring.
BANGAMBIKI HABYARIMANA, The Great Pearl of Wisdom
When sincerity fails, the offer of money usually works.
MARK FUHRMAN, Murder in Brentwood
A habit of sincerity in acknowledging faults is a guard against committing them.
GOOLD BROWN, The First Lines of English Grammar: Being a Brief Abstract of the Author's Larger Work
Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little.
G. I. GURDJIEFF, Views From the Real World
Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
G. K. CHESTERTON, Heretics
Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.
CHARLES SPURGEON, attributed, The Communication Catalyst
Sincerity may be humble but she cannot be servile.
LORD BYRON, letter, May 29, 1823
Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, attributed, Presidential Wit from Washington to Johnson
Of all the evil spirits abroad at this hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous.
JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE, Short Studies on Great Subjects
Sincerity does not and cannot substitute for truth.
JIMMY PRITCHARD, Calling Down the Fire
Sincerity: if you can fake it, you've got it made.
DANIEL SCHORR, International Herald Tribune, May 18, 1992
Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Lectures on English Poets
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Friendship", Essays
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
OSCAR WILDE, The Critic as Artist