46 Quotes About Dishonesty in Relationships

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An act of infidelity or other parts of your life that are kept secret from your partner lead your relationship down a path of dishonesty. This can drastically break a relationship and leave each individual hurt in their own way. Finding a way to dramatically change this crash course is the only way to regain control of your life. Here are some quotes about dishonesty in relationships that capture this hard truth.

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”

“A little candor never leaves me. It is what protects me.”

“A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.”

“Always tell the truth. Even if you have to make it up.”

“As important in a trusting relationship as the truths you share are the lies you never have to tell.”

“Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.”

“Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie.”

“Dare to be honest and fear no labor.”

“Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie: A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.”

“Honesty doesn’t always pay, but dishonesty always costs.”

“Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence.”

“Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread.”

“Honesty pays, but it don’t seem to pay enough to suit some people.”

“I never lie because I don’t fear anyone. You only lie when you’re afraid.”

“If falsehood, like truth, had but one face, we would be more on equal terms. For we would consider the contrary of what the liar said to be certain. But the opposite of truth has a hundred thousand faces and an infinite field.”

“If we were all given by magic the power to read each other’s thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships.”

“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”

“It is not without good reason said, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.”

“It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.”

“Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited.”

“Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.”

“Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.”

“Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.”

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.”

“Reality is bad enough. Why should I tell the truth?”

“Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.”

“Some people will not tolerate such emotional honesty in communication. They would rather defend their dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Therefore, having rationalized their phoniness into nobility, they settle for superficial relationships.”

“Somewhere between the honest truth and the deceptive lie is the deceptive truth and the honest lie.”

“The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”

“The hardest tumble a man can take is to fall off his own bluff.”

“The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.”

“The truth brings with it a great measure of absolution, always.”

“The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is almost the only courageous thing left to do.”

“There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.”

“There is no well-defined boundary between honesty and dishonesty. The frontiers of one blend with the outside limits of the other, and he who attempts to tread this dangerous ground may be sometimes in one domain and sometimes in the other.”

“Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.”

“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.”

“Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain’t so.”

“Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.”

“Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.”

“Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer’s mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts.”

“We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.”

“When truth is divided, errors multiply.”

“With lies you may get ahead in the world — but you can never go back.”

Acts of dishonest really hurt the ability to trust one another. Working towards a productive way to overcome dishonesty in a relationship is the only way to really recover.