C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Ill-gotten wealth is never stable.


Who purposely cheats his friend, would cheat his God.


What is dishonestly got vanishes in profligacy.


The gains of the wicked bring short-lived pleasure, but afterwards long-continued grief.


Dishonor waits on perfidy. A man should blush to think a falsehood; it is the crime of cowards.


Dishonesty is a forsaking of permanent for temporary advantages.


Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God Himself, were it possible.


Dishonest men conceal their faults from themselves as well as others; honest men know and confess them.

La Rochefoucauld.

It is hard to say which of the two we ought most to lament,—the unhappy man who sinks under the sense of his dishonor, or him who survives it.


That which is won ill, will never wear well, for there is a curse attends it, which will waste it; and the same corrupt dispositions which incline men to the sinful ways of getting, will incline them to the like sinful ways of spending.

Matthew Henry.

If you attempt to beat a man down and to get his goods for less than a fair price, you are attempting to commit burglary, as much as though you broke into his shop to take the things, without paying for them. There is cheating on both sides of the counter, and generally less behind it than before it.


I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.