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What are examples of quotes about honesty from The Great Gatsby?

The Great Gatsby's most famous honesty quote is, "Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known." However, Nick's own confession in the previous paragraph that he is being less than honest with a "girl" in Chicago calls his self-awareness into question.

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The most famous honesty quote in The Great Gatsby is the following:

Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.

Nick Carraway is speaking of himself in this utterance, which occurs at the end of chapter 3. This quote should immediately throw up red flags in the reader's mind. First, people are notoriously poor judges of their own virtues, cardinal or otherwise. Further, first-person narrators in literature tend to be unreliable. Therefore, when a first-person narrator declares himself "honest," we are being warned to be on the alert.

In fact, Nick has...

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