Josh Billings Quote

“Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.”

~ Josh Billings

Ratings and Comments

Cal, lewisville, TX

Anyone who loses his honestly has nothing else to lose.

Mike, Norwalk

I once gave tender to a guy with a card board sign, next to the road, asking for money. The sign said, I need money for alcohol. I laughed and thought that was honest enough to give a handout. Is that lawful tender ? probably not.

Mike, Norwalk

Without honesty, all of the world's wealth diminishes, making a loaf of bread invisible and non-attainable. Economic dishonesty is exemplified by the number of loaves available in Cuba and Venezuela.


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