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Honesty

On May 12, 1900, then-New York Gov. Roosevelt observed: "[W]e cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. ... Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity. ...

"The weakling and the coward cannot be saved by honesty alone; but without honesty, the brave and able man is merely a civic wild beast who should be hunted down by every lover of righteousness.

"No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community. ... 'Liar' is just as ugly a word as 'thief,' because it implies the presence of just as ugly a sin in one case as in the other. If a man lies under oath or procures the lie of another under oath, if he perjures himself or suborns perjury, he is guilty under the statute law."

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