35 Important Quotes About Integrity
Has anyone ever called your character or your integrity into question? Or have you questioned someone else’s?
In either case, if you’re reading these integrity quotes, you know how serious that is.
Your good character is the reflection of the moral strength you’ve built over the years.
People see integrity when your actions and words match your moral code.
The following quotes about integrity come from people who’ve seen it in others or have striven to cultivate it in themselves.
Which ones speak loudest to you?
35 of the Best Integrity Quotes
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you’re going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time, and it is built from the history of your words and actions.” – Maria Ra Zumich -Zec
“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” — Michelle Obama
“People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others have excuses.” — Dr. Laura Schlessinger
“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.” — Ayn Rand
“Trust and integrity are precious resources, easily squandered, hard to regain.” – Sissela Bok
“Integrity is the ingredient that will enable you to forge rapidly ahead on the highway that leads to success. It advertises you as being an individual who will always come through. Whatever you say you will do, do it even if you have to move heaven and earth.”– Mary Kay
“It is not what we profess in public, but where we walk and what we practice in secret that gives us integrity.” – Sir Francis Bacon
“Integrity, like humility, is a quality which vanishes the moment we are conscious of it in ourselves. We see it only in others.” – Madeleine L'Engle
“Integrity is congruence between what you know, what you profess, and what you do.” –Nathaniel Branden
“Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to”. –Arnold H. Glasow
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley
“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” — Chinua Achebe
“People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach.” — David A. Bednar
“The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.” — Scott Hamilton
“It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.” — Zig Ziglar
“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” – Confucius
“Never rob your character to enrich your pocket.” –James Lendall Basford
“Live in such a way that you will not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”-Will Rogers
“The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.” – Blaise Pascal
“I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the house-tops.” – Oscar Wilde
“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Allow yourself to think only those thoughts that match your principles and can bear the bright light of day. Day by day, your choices, your thoughts, your actions fashion the person you become. Your integrity determines your destiny.” – Heraclitus
“When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness.” – Napoleon Hill
“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” – Confucius
“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” — Samuel Johnson
“Integrity is making sure that the things you say and the things you do are in alignment.” — Katrina Mayer
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” — Albert Einstein
“Integrity is the ability to accept one’s past choices and actions and go forth and act in accordance with one’s deepest values from within.” — Lynne Namka
“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” — Franklin Roosevelt
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How will you use the quotes on integrity?
Now that you’ve had a chance to look over these quotes about character and integrity, which ones stood out for you?
Did any sound familiar — and is there at least one you’d like to remember?
If you want these quotes to inspire you beyond today, try these ideas:
- Write them on sticky notes and post them where you'll see them.
- Commit a few to memory and repeat them to yourself daily.
- Fill a jar with individual quotes, and choose one to read every day.
However you keep your favorite quotes handy, I hope you find a way to honor your moral code in a way that challenges you today.
Maybe you’ll get a chance to speak up for someone, at the risk of being criticized. Or maybe you’ll find a way to make amends for a mistake with far-reaching consequences.
Whatever you do, may your integrity deepen with every challenge you face.