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161 Top Quotes On Integrity And Leadership For Your Success

Updated: Nov 17

1. “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”— Mark Twain


2. “Any nation that does not emphasize integrity will always fail.” – Yemi Osinbajo


3. “Openness, respect, integrity – these are principles that need to underpin pretty much every other decision that you make.” ― Justin Trudeau


4. “There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.” – Tom Peters


5. “It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity, you will never be one.” – Zig Ziglar


6. “Integrity is your destiny-it is the light that guides your way.” – Plato


7. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” ~ Oprah Winfrey


8. “Integrity is conforming reality to our words – in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.” ~ Stephen Covey


9. “When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.”― Shannon L. Alder


10. “Everyone makes mistakes, but only a person with integrity owns up to them.” — Nicole Guillaume


11. “Integrity is your destiny-it is the light that guides your way.” ~ Plato


12. “If you can maintain your standards and your integrity and you fail, it’s OK. It’s when you sell out and you fail that you feel pretty sick inside.” – Bonnie Hunt


13. “There can be no friendship without confidence and no confidence without integrity.” ― Samuel Johnson


14. “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~ Thomas Jefferson


15. “Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” ~ Dennis Prager


16. “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


17. “Integrity is when you no longer need to please others.” – Maxime Lagacé


18. “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”— Chinua Achebe


19. “Don’t worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integiry is its own reward.” – Laura Schlessinger


20. “Integrity is congruence between what you know, what you profess, and what you do.” – Nathaniel Branden


21. “Integrity means always doing what is right and good, regardless of the immediate consequences.” ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin


22. “Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing” ~ Jim Rohn


23. “Integrity has no need of rules.” ~ Albert Camus


24. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


25. “Remember that what’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


26. “People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” – Lewis Cass


27. “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”— Samuel Johnson


28. “Integrity has no need of rules.” – Albert Camus


29. “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


30. “You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.” ~ Adlai E. Stevenson


31. “Honor your commitments with integrity.” – Les Brown


32. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~ Mark Twain


33. “Be as you wish to seem.” ~ Socrates


34. “You should not lead one life in private and another in public.” – Publilius Syrus


35. “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” ~ Thomas Jefferson


36. “Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.” ~ John D. MacDonald


37. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


38. “If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius


39. “Supporting the truth, even when it is unpopular, shows the capacity for honesty and integrity.” – Steve Brunkhorst


40. “Image is what people think we are; integrity is what we really are.” — John C Maxwell


41. “Integrity is making sure that the things you say and the things you do are in alignment.”- Katrina Mayer


42. “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


43. “The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.”– Junius


44. “Make living your life with absolute integrity and kindness your first priority.” – Richard Carlson


45. “It takes courage to create a meaningful life of integrity. It also requires good company. And practice.” ― Shelley Francis


46. “Integrity is the thing that binds together all that is good within us as a means of overcoming all that is bad around us.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough


47. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


48. “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


49. “Confidence in others’ honesty is no light testimony of one’s own integrity.” – Michel de Montaigne


50. “Image is what people think we are. Integrity is what we really are.” ~ John C. Maxwell


51. “People with integrity expect to be believed. If not, they let time prove them right.” – Ann Landers


52. “Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” – Albert Einstein


53. “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


54. “The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny … it is the light that guides your way.” ~ Heraclitus


55. “The reward for doing right is mostly an internal phenomenon: self-respect, dignity, integrity, and self-esteem.” ~ Laura Schlessinger


56. “Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea.” ― Ayn Rand


57. “Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them.” – Roy T. Bennett


58. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


59. “I believe that a life of integrity I the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mindset, of attitude that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.” ~ Stephen Covey


60. “Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.” – Dr. William Menninger


61. “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” ~ Samuel Johnson


62. “Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.”— Oliver Cromwell


63. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C. S. Lewis


64. “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” – Carl Jung


65. “Integrity is your attitude when no one is watching. Character is what you do when you are not watching.” – Paul Bamikole


66. “Integrity gives you real freedom because you have nothing to fear since you have nothing to hide.” ~ Zig Ziglar


67. “Integrity is when what you think and what you say and what you do are one.” – Naval Ravikant


68. “Integrity is the value we set on ourselves. It is a fulfillment of the duty we owe ourselves. An honorable man or woman will personally commit to live up to certain self-imposed expectations. They need no outside check or control. They are honorable in their inner core.” ~ James E. Faust


69. “The glue that holds all relationships together … is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy


70. “Integrity is a life where your beliefs and intentions are aligned with your words and actions.” ~ Stephen Lovegrove


71. “Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather.” – John D. MacDonald


72. “It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


73. “Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” – R. Buckminster Fuller


74. “There is no higher value in our society than integrity.” – Arlen Specter


75. “Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” ~ Spencer Johnson


76. “It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.”— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


77. “Living with integrity means… behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values.” – Barbara De Angelis


78. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


79. “You learn a lot about someone by what they choose to do when no one is watching.” – Shane Parrish


80. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


81. “Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.” — Brian Tracy


82. “Saying ‘yes’ or ‘maybe’ when we mean no, cheapens our word, diminishes our sense of self-respect, and compromises our integrity.” – Paulo Coelho


83. “One person of integrity can make a difference.” – Elie Wiesel


84. “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” ― Stevie Wonder


85. “The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behavior in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord.” ~ Charles Stanley


86. “Living a life of integrity pays off, but it takes a very long time.” – Naval Ravikant


87. “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” ~ Alan K. Simpson


88. “Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller


89. “As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” ― Nelson


90. “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” – W. Clement Stone


91. “Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; its doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage.” ~ Tony Dungy , Integrity quotes for work


92. “A little integrity is better than any career.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


93. “If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.” – Moliere


94. “Develop your character so that you are a person of integrity.” – Peter Cain


95. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.” ~ Albert Einstein


96. “Integrity is the only path where you will never get lost.” – Mike Maples Jr.


97. “The time is always right to do what is right.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


98. “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” ― Gordon A. Eadie


99. “If you value your integrity, then be prepared to take a beating from those who have none.” — Lars Lau Thygesen


100. “Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” ― Spencer Johnson


101. “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


102. “If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” ― Marcus Aurelius


103. “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” ~ W. Clement Stone


104. “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 (see more quotes by Bob Marley)


105. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi , Integrity quotes Gandhi


106. “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” ~ Mark Twain


107. “Calamity and prosperity are the touchstones of integrity.” – Benjamin Franklin


108. “Living with integrity means…not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships; asking for what you want and need from others; speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension; behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values; making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” ~ Barbara De Angelis


109. “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” – Confucius


110. “One person of integrity can make a difference.” ~ Elie Wiesel


111. “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” ~ Zig Ziglar


112. “Never do anything that you can’t admit doing because if you are that ashamed of whatever it is, it’s probably wrong.” ― Ashly Lorenzana


113. “Lead your life so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. ” ― Will Rogers


114. “The supreme quality for leadership is integrity.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower


115. “A bright future beckons. The onus is on us, through hard work, honesty, and integrity, to reach for the stars.” ~ Nelson Mandela


116. “Integrity means always doing what is right and good, regardless of the immediate consequences.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin


117. “Integrity is discovering what’s inside and acting on it.” – Maxime Lagacé


118. “Personal integrity is important, not because it gets us what we want, but because it helps us be what we want.” ~ Michael Josephson


119. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C.S. Lewis


120. “The glue that holds all relationships together … is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” ~ Brian Tracy


121. “A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.” — Baltasar Gracian


122. “Stand for something. Don’t quest for popularity at the expense of morality and ethics and honesty.” – Howard Cosell


123. “You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside.” ~ Alan Cohen


124. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr


125. “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” – Augustine of Hippo


126. “Sometimes the cost of integrity is the loss of a friend.” — Jack McDevitt


127. “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” – Zig Ziglar


128. “Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.” ~ Zig Ziglar


129. “Integrity is keeping a commitment even after circumstances have changed.” ~ David Jeremiah


130. “Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody’s watching, and doing as you say you would do.” ― Roy T. Bennett


131. “Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” ~ Henry David Thoreau


132. “People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach.”— David A. Bednar


133. “Character is much easier kept than recovered.” ~ Thomas Paine


134. “The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give in to peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres


135. “Remember that what’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


136. “If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and damn the consequences.”— Lord Milner


137. “Leading with integrity and empathy requires vision and a connection to your deepest self.” ― Karla McLaren


138. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” ~ Douglas MacArthur , Integrity quotes for leaders


139. “Living a life of integrity is one of the greatest missions we can undertake.” – Greg Anderson


140. “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” ~ Douglas Adams


141. “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” – Harvey Mackay


142. “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.”— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


143. “The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.” ~ Zig Ziglar


144. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” ~ Marcus Aurelius


145. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey


146. “The most precious reputation is the one you have with yourself.” – Johnny Uzan


147. “In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.” ― Nicholas Sparks


148. “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


149. “Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.” – Charles Caleb Colton


150. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” ― Albert Einstein


151. “People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others have excuses.” ~ Laura Schlessinger


152. “If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing. You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.” ~ Henry Kravis


153. “A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.”— Denis Waitley


154. “People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach.” ~ David A. Bednar


155. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~ Mother Teresa


156. “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” ~ Chinua Achebe


157. “Don’t ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.” – Lou Holtz


158. “People follow leaders by choice. Without trust, at best you get compliance.” – Jesse Lyn Stoner


159. “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” ~ Malcolm X


160. “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” ~ Warren Buffett


161. “We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.” – Desmond Tutu

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