From Chapter 14 “Integrity” in Ingredients of Outliers.
Food for Thought
- Your harshest critic should be the man in the mirror. In addition, the same person should be your biggest fan.
- At the end of the day, you know what’s right. Even if initially, for whatever reason, you head down the wrong path, then change course, make it right, learn and move on.
In Other Words
Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action; and give them your ultimate trust.
~ John Akers
Let unswerving integrity ever be your watchword.
~ Bernard M. Baruch
Integrity has no need of rules.
~ Albert Camus
Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
~ Charles Caleb Colton
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community.
~ John W. Gardner
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
~ Thomas Jefferson
Don’t worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward.
~ Dr. Laura Schlessinger
You are already of consequence in the world if you are known as a man of strict integrity. If you can be absolutely relied upon; if when you say a thing is so, it is so; if when you say you will do a thing, you do it; then you carry with you a passport to universal esteem.
~ Grenville Kleiser
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
Integrity is one of several paths. It distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path and the only one on which you will never get lost.
~ M.H. McKee
There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.
~ Tom Peters
If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.
~ Alan K. Simpson
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