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You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) American poet, critic and editor.

We are very apt to measure ourselves by our aspiration instead of our performance. But in truth the conduct of our lives is the only proof of the sincerity of our hearts.

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Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.

Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher.

I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.


Weak people cannot be sincere.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.

What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.