To thine own self be true, and so it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
Honesty is defined as not lying, cheating or stealing; being fair and upright; not hiding one’s real nature; being genuine, pure, respectable, free from fraud, and characterized by integrity.
Integrity is defined as a state or quality of being complete, undivided, unbroken; at unity with oneself; having soundness, purity, and sincerity. Integrity is not viewed as a value or concept to be taught in the same sense as honesty, but rather is a desirable, credible state of being or virtue that will become a characteristic of a person that has gained knowledge of, has internalized, and practices the total concept or value of honesty: to self and to others.
Integrity, freedom, and self-esteem are outcomes that occur naturally if one adheres to the principles, rules, and laws by which they are governed.
A person who is honest or true to self:
Strives to become the best she or he was born to become
Recognizes limits; has endurance; steadfastness
Is sincere and genuine; motives are pure
Controls excessive behavior
Recognizes things for what they are
Has thorough basic honesty; does not lie, cheat, steal