Sincerity Proverbs

Proverbs & Sayings about Sincerity

Better an honest slap in the face than an insincere kiss. ~ Yiddish Proverb

A hundred “no’s” are less painful than one insincere “yes.” ~ Chinese Proverb

To act sincerely with the insincere is dangerous. ~ Taoist Proverb

Sayings by Unknown

Sincerity is not to say everything you think but to mean everything you say.

Sincerity is an expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.

Sincerity gives wings to power.

Fundamental sincerity is the only proper basis for forming a relationship.

We are very apt to measure ourselves by our aspiration instead of our performance. But in truth the conduct of our lives is the only proof of the sincerity of our hearts.

Quotations about Sincerity

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Sincerity doesn’t mean anything. A person can be sincere and be more destructive than a person who is insincere. ~ Edward Albee

Faithfulness and sincerity first of all. ~ Confucius

I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth. ~ Henry David Thoreau

The tongue of the sincere is rooted in his heart; hypocrisy and deceit have no place in his words. ~ Robert Dodsley

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. ~ Thomas Carlyle

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Nothing is less sincere than the act of asking and giving advice. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

A habit of sincerity in acknowledging faults is a guard against committing them. ~ Goold Brown

Those that vow the most are the least sincere. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Sincerity is to speak as we think, to do as we pretend and profess, to perform and make good what we promise, and really to be what we would seem and appear to be. ~ John Tillotson

Always be sincere, even when you don’t mean it. ~ Irene Peter

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character. ~ James Russell Lowell

Sincerity: if you can fake it, you’ve got it made. ~ Daniel Schorr

As her technique became sounder, sincerity became less necessary. ~ Thornton Wilder

Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either. ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Everyone says he’s sincere, but everyone isn’t sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he’s sincere, there wouldn’t be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones! ~ Tennessee Williams

Sincerity and honesty carry one through many difficulties which all the arts he can invent would never help him through. ~ Benjamin Stillingfleet

I would replace the quality of sincerity with honesty, since one can hold a conviction sincerely without examining it, while honesty would require that one subject one’s convictions to frequent scrutiny. ~ Christopher Phillips

Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff

Sincerity is the face of the soul, as dissimulation is the mask. ~ Joseph Sanial-Dubay

Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength. ~ George Henry Lewes

Teach French and un-teach sincerity. ~ Leo Tolstoy

A silent address is the genuine eloquence of sincerity. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Sincerity is an openness of heart that is found in very few people. What we usually see is only an artful disguise people put on to win the confidence of others. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Sincerity and plain dealing are conducive to the interest of mankind at large because they afford that ground of confidence and reasonable expectation which are essential to wisdom and virtue. ~ W. Godwin

Sincerity is the way of heaven. ~ Confucius

Nothing is more disgraceful than insincerity. ~ Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Sincerity is the most compendious wisdom. ~ Philip Dormer Stanhope

Weak people cannot be sincere. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Sincerity is always subject to proof. ~ John F. Kennedy

One who is very variable cannot be very sincere; today’s truth is tomorrow’s falsehood. ~ Madame Swetchine

Sincerity does not and cannot substitute for truth. ~ Jimmy Pritchard

Sincerity may be humble, but she cannot be servile. ~ Lord Byron

Sincerity is like traveling on a plain, beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his journey’s end than by-ways, in which men often lose themselves. ~ John Tillotson

Where there is the greatest sincerity, there is the greatest humility; and where the least truth, there is the greatest pride. ~ Asen Nicholson

If I’m sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow? ~ José Saramago

What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Of all the evil spirits abroad at his hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous. ~ James Anthony Froude,

Even when exercising their greatest duplicity, women are always sincere because they are yielding to some natural feeling. ~ Honore de Balzac

Be sincere; be brief; be seated. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere. ~ John Coltrane

Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people’s hearts. ~ Lao Tzu

Sincerity is the parent of truth. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

An inward sincerity will of course influence the outward deportment; but where the one is wanting, there is great reason to suspect the absence of the other. ~ Laurence Sterne

Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. ~ Confucius

The great man fights the elements in his time that hinder his own greatness, in other words his own freedom and sincerity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Sincere deeds invite new friends. ~ Toba Beta

Bashful sincerity and comely love. ~ William Shakespeare

However we distrust the sincerity of those whom we talk with, we always believe them more sincere with us than with others. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Insincerity in a man’s own heart must make all his enjoyments, all that concerns him, unreal; so that his whole life must seem like a merely dramatic representation. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. ~ Confucius

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. ~ Oscar Wilde

Private sincerity is a public welfare. ~ Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Sincerity increases willingness to care. ~ Toba Beta

Loss of sincerity is loss of vital power. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee,

Frank sincerity, though no invited guest, is free to all, and brings his welcome with him. ~ William Havard

To be sincere means to be the same person when one is with oneself; that is to say, alone — but that is all it means. ~ Paul Valery

There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination. ~ Mencius

The way I see it, it doesn’t matter what you believe just so you’re sincere. ~ Charles M. Schulz

I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic. ~ Thomas Carlyle

My chief talent is to be frank and sincere. ~ Molère

There should be more sincerity and heart in human relations, more silence and simplicity in our interactions. Be rude when you’re angry, laugh when something is funny, and answer when you’re asked. ~ Anton Chekhov

We are to give in sincerity, not to make a show of our good deeds. Sincerity of purpose, real kindness of heart, is the motive that heaven values. ~ Maxine Biome

Sincerity is the luxury allowed, like diadems and authority, only to the highest rank. Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Better is the wrong with sincerity, rather than the right with falsehood. ~ Martin Farquhar Tupper

Insincerity is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities. ~ Oscar Wilde

It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true. ~ Robert Browning

Sincerity is the way of heaven; to think how to be sincere is the way of man. ~ Mencius

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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