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Honesty is the best policy

Posted by Smokey Stover on October 08, 2007

In Reply to: Honesty is the best policy posted by ESC on September 24, 2007

: : Please give me the meaning and brief explanation with an example about the quotation 'honesty is the best policy'.

: "Honesty is the best policy" is a maxim, a general principle drawn from practical experience and serving as a rule of conduct. It means, "There are so many pitfalls inherent in deception this it's easier in the long run to tell the truth. This maxim has been traced back to 'European Speculum' by E. Sandys. It appears in Cervantes' 'Don Quixote' (1605-15)..." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). Page 139.

: It is best to just tell the truth. That will cause you less trouble than lying.

A cynic might say (and I'm surely never a cynic): How does anyone know? Has anyone ever tried it?