September 21, 2020

Curmudgeon Corner


cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown]
1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man.
2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

This month’s subject: HONESTY

“I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy.” George Washington

“Honest people don’t hide their deeds.” Emily Bronte

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” Sigmund Freud

“The truth is never dangerous. Except when told.” Philip Moeller

“An honest man will continue to be so though surrounded on all sides by rogues.” Charles Caleb Cotton

“An honest man is respected by all parties.” William Hazlitt

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” William Shakespeare

“Lies get people into trouble, but honesty is its own defense.” David Huddleston

“Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.” Stephen Vincent Benet

“Honesty is not a value shared by all societies. In some Eastern subcultures there is a saying: “Any fool can tell the truth. It requires a man of some sense to lie well.” The society espousing this idea, suffers abject poverty above others.” Daniel M. Keeran

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson

“People may or may not say what they mean …but they always say something designed to get what they want.” David Mamet

“When we are not honest, we are cut off from a significant resource of ourselves, a vital dimension that is necessary for unity and wholeness.”
Clark Moustakas

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