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"Honesty Is The Best Policy"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Nobody from Aesop to the present has had a monopoly on the aphorism that honesty is the best policy. This idea was the theme of many Horatio Alger novels of the nineteenth century, in which the honest boot-black returned the banker's lost purse and eventually achieved riches. George Washington, in his Farewell Address (1796), acknowledged its universal application: "I hold that maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy." Cervantes, too, employed the expression. Don Quixote has promised to make his squire Sancho ruler of the first island that...

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