Integrity Quotes


Here’s 37 quotes on the topic of INTEGRITY.  Although it doesn’t always sound like an interesting subject, when you read these you’ll come to remember that integrity is a virture that should never be forgotten.

Please read them slowly, copy some down, and paste them up in locations where you’ll see them.  And please leave a comment afterwards!  Here they are:

1. To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. -Confucious

2. To reach a great height a person needs to have a great depth. -Anonymous

3. My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure. -Alfred Tennyson

4. Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. -Albert Einstein

5. Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the mirror through which you must see the world. -George Bernard Shaw

6. A ‘NO’ uttered in deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘YES’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble. -Mahatma Gandhi

7. The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour. -Japanese Proverb

8. What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. -Oscar Wilde

10. The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live. -Joan Borysenko

11. I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do. -Arthur Warwick

12. Humble yourself and you shall be honoured. Honour yourself and you shall be humbled. -Anonymous

13. Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. -Janis Joplin

14. Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist. -Mary Kay Ash

15. If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow. -Chinese Proverb

16. If you have integrity, nothing else matters. -Alan Simpson

17. If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? -Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies. -Arthur Calwell

19. It’s more important to do the right thing than to do things right. -Peter Drucker

20. The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within me. -Mahatma Gandhi

21. Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. -Oprah Winfrey

22. Six essential qualities are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, and charity. -William Menninger

23. I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else. -Arthur Ashe

24. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. -Thomas Jefferson

25. Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. -Thomas Jefferson

26. The slow man with integrity will ultimately catch the swift one who has none. -Unknown

27. If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. -Marcus Aurelius

28. A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day. -Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

29. Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. -Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

30. The Lord doesn’t ask about your ability, only your availability; and, if you prove your dependability, the Lord will increase your capability. -Neal Maxwell

31. Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another. -Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

32. Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men 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

33. No man should advocate a course in private that he’s ashamed to admit in public. -George McGovern

34. Your integrity will affect your destiny; don’t leave home without it. -Clarence E. Hodges

35. If you believe in unlimited quality and act in all your business dealings with total integrity, the rest will take care of itself. -Frank Perdue

36. Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing; either you have it or you don’t. -Peter Scotese

37. There is always room for those who can be relied upon to deliver the goods when they say they will. -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)


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    • Carolina
    • October 8, 2009

    What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson. Very powerful quote. Thanks for the quotes!!

    • Rachel
    • October 9, 2009

    The thought for the day is nice… hope you upload more of the thoughts
    thanks a loadz for uploading 🙂

    • Rachel
    • October 9, 2009

    * The thoughts are nice 🙂

    • Aartee
    • October 11, 2009

    Hi Shaun,

    Another great collection as always and my favorite topic too… Integrity. Among many of it’s meanings, some implied and some derived, a couple ones that stand out for me are ‘purity’ and ‘morality’. Purity of soul and Morality of character, a combination sadly hard to find in todays world. As I write this, I find myself struggling to live up to it everyday as there is a giant puddle of Malice in some form all around us and we can’t help but either step in it or be splashed on. The only way out for all us is to clean it up and live up to Integirty of humanity! I could write much more on the topic..but it would all sum up in one line … ‘Integrity of soul and strength of character is a Gateway to the Power running this Universe!’

    Thank you Shaun for such inspiring quotes which help us do some soul searching atleast for a while. Keep up the great work!


  1. Reply

    “Integrity Recognizes Itself”
    was the title of a page I wrote that ended paraphrasing Ben Franklin, “I so admire the truly humble that if I were one I’d be so proud.”

    • Tom
    • September 29, 2010

    It amazes me that with the great importance of integrity to success, there has been a lot of “accomplishment” in business, especially in the early industrial age, without it! Boy, are we paying for it now.

    • Laurie
    • October 30, 2010

    Great thoughts to keep Shawn, I really liked: 21. Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. -Oprah Winfrey

    • Quotes About Change
    • February 12, 2011

    Good collection. My favorite is “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” Being of value implies inherent success but success does not imply value.

    • Carolyn
    • September 9, 2011

    my most meaningful “integrity” quote comes from Sue Monk Kidd’s – secret life of bees. “some things don’t matter much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person’s heart now that matters. THE WHOLE PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE IS THEY KNOW WHAT MATTERS, BUT THEY DON’T CHOOSE IT. THE HARDEST THING ON EARTH IS CHOOSING WHAT MATTERS.” For me that pretty much sums up integrity – thankyou Sue Monk Kidd.

      • shawn
      • September 10, 2011

      You’re welcome, Carolyn. Thanks for your comment.

    • Collyn
    • June 19, 2012

    Hi Shaun
    It is better to be defeated on principle than win on lies had blessed me and encourage me to do good to others not be fictitous

    • Neisha
    • August 30, 2014

    #11. I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do… Thank You, I love the all. 🙂

    • Nikki
    • June 25, 2019

    Thank you n God bless

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      You’re welcome, Nikki!

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