You can’t make wrong work. Thomas Jefferson said, “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.” Never chase a lie: if you have done, it will run itself to death. Everything you add to the truth , you inevitably subtract from it. It’s discouraging to think how people nowadays are more shocked by honesty than by deceit.
“Those that think it is permissible to tell ‘White lies’ soon grow colorblind” (Awson O’Malley). We punish ourselves with every lie and we reward ourselves with every right action. A lie will add to your troubles, subtract from your energy, multiply your difficulties and divide your effectiveness.
“Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak no matter how strong it looks” (Marcus Antonius). Never view anything positively that makes you break your word. Make your word you bond.
In the war between falsehood and truth, falsehood wins the first battle, but truth wins the war. “If we live truly, we shall truly live,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Liars are never free. Horace Greeley observed, “The darkest hour of any man’s life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.”
The book of proverb says it best: “Dishonest gain will never last, so why take the risk?” honesty always lasts longer. A lie never lives to be old.
“It makes all the difference in the world whether we put truth in the first place or in the second place” (John Morley). As scarce as the truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or says it. Truth does not cease to exist because it is ignored, and it doesn’t change depending on whether it is believed by a majority of people. The truth is always the strongest argument.
Truth exists. Only lies are created. Truth shines in darkness. “There is never an instant’s truth between virtue and vice. Goodness is the only investment that never fails” (Henry David Thoreau). Truth needs no crutches. If it limps, it’s a lie. “You will find that life is an uphill battle for the person who is not on the level” (Joan Welsh).
“If you continue to do what’s right, what’s wrong and who’s wrong will eventually leave your life” (David Blunt). A business man had personalized letterhead that reads, “Right is right even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.”
Consider the words of John Wesley:
Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can,
In all the places you can, at all times you can,
To all the people you can, as long as ever you can.