Tuesday, 6 September 2011

ABC Wednesday, H for Honesty.

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The tulip is the most honest flower. It does not promise empty promises and it is simple and exactly what it looks like.

I often asked myself:"What is honesty?" Is it saying what you think. May be! Is it saying what you think without being asked to give your opinion? Only when it's a positively kind remark. If I don't like something, I don't say what I think unless it's a political or religious statement and then only if I don't hurt someone's feeling., but never about somebody's house or clothes or blogs. Lots of people think that you must be honest in the sense of criticizing all the time without being asked.Well, no! There is no need to do that. Ignore the things you don't like, and there is always something that you like in one's house or on one's blog.
A friend of mine used to say when he didn't like something in my house:" It's interesting!", because he knew that I like my house and he didn't want to hurt my feelings. He was a kind man, a good friend. So what do you think about honesty?

Here are some quotes of famous people!

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain

Who lies for you will lie against you. ~Bosnian Proverb

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. ~Abraham Lincoln
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world. ~Thomas Carlyle

A half truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or

Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with H.


Miss_Yves said...

Quel beau bouquet de tulipes dans une belle clarté adaptée au sujet !

Roger Owen Green said...

Truth is tricky. Some people use "honesty" as a club: "You look terrible, if I'm being honest."

That said, I learned long ago that lying is just too cmplicated.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

lotusleaf said...

The tulips are beautiful, honestly!

Indrani said...

Tulips are honest, how wonderful... I never thought about it thus before.

Arkansas Patti said...

If you ask for my honest opinion, I will try to give it but even then it will be tempered so as not to hurt anyone.
I do agree with Mark Twain, I really don't have the memory to carry off a lie.

Jane and Chris said...

I am as honest as I can be...I can't lie because my face shows exactly what I'm thinking!
Jane x

Leslie: said...

I never thought of tulips as being "honest" flowers! I'm glad you wrote about honesty today because I was thinking of doing it, but decided to shake things up a bit and go negative with my poem. But I did research "honesty" and believe you've made some really good points here. Have a heavenly week, Wil.

abcw team

George said...

Thanks for an interesting post. I honestly like your thoughts on honesty. I don't think being honest means you have to be cruel or hurt someones feelings. I like that Mark Twain quote.

Jo Bryant said...

I love and miss the tulips of Holland - honesty - difficult subject

Kay L. Davies said...

My parents and grandparents used to tell us, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
I spent a lot of time not saying anything because I was so shy.
This is a very interesting word to bring up for the letter H, my friend.
I hope you are well.
Luv — K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Wanda said...

One of the qualities I loved about my future husband when I met him in college...was his integrity. We've been married 50 years, and he is still a very, very honest man.

chubskulit said...

"Honesty is the best policy" a lesson that lingers in me from a teacher in elementary.

My ABC is about the only Horse ride I can tolerate.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Well Wil I don't really know about that. White lies we call it here. If my friend asked me whether she looked nice in her dress and I thought she looked terrible - am I honest or am I kind? It is always a dilemma. But I do think it is important to be honest is the most important issues.

EG Wow said...

I think of tulips as being beautiful in an elegant way. But I think I can understand how you think of them as honest, too.

Ann said...

I ordered some tulips via interflora to Australia. Then after I had done it, I thought, perhaps though it is a good spring flower, it doesn't last very long. I should have ordered orchids instead.

Hehehe, you now know me, a Value for money person.

Ann said...

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain

I used to teach this to my children, only I didn't know it was from Mark Twain. I know Mark Twain for the adventures of Tom Sawyer, a book I learned in school when i was 12.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Great post. I love tulips and loved the quotes. I so agree with Honest Abe - which is why I don't lie...my memory just isn't good enough.

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, yes, I know one of those people who uses honesty as a weapon. He hasn't got many friends.

Marja said...

Honesty for me is taking responsibility for what you do and say.indeed without hurting anybody
I love tulips

Anonymous said...

There's a very fine line between not hurting people's feelings (i.e. telling a white lie) and lying... I guess that even just telling half a truth is still a kind of lie?