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To tell the truth: A la 'post secret' (postsecret.com), what is one deep secret truth that you conceal from everyone? You don't need to reveal it - but you could be vague enough that only you would be able to know what you mean. If you can't reveal it, or if you can, tell us what fear keeps you from being free and honest about it? Design twist? Postcard size image or block with your secret, visible or hidden.
Brutal honesty: we originally had named this kit 'candor' to get you thinking about a really raw, edgy type of honesty. How likely are you to be the one who tells someone something they'd rather not hear? Is it for their own good, or out of anger that it happens if it does? Has anyone been brutally honest and frank with you and how did that experience impact your life in the moment or afterwards? Design twist: torn or ragged edge vs sharp edge based on your experience.
Outspoken: are you someone who stands up to injustice or who is more likely to think that it's not worth the effort? How much are you willing to put on the line to stand up? Would you risk your job, your friendships, your life? Is there someone in the world that you admire for being unflappable about their beliefs? Is there someone who goes too far and might run you over with their belief system? Design twist: a line in the sand-type divide.
Honest=Good?: Many of us link the ideas of honesty and innate goodness. Is that always true for you? Do you ever lie or omit details in order to keep the peace? Are you 'bad' for lying in those cases? If you lie, is it in service of a bigger 'good' or is honesty not always the best policy? Design twist: Angelic halo or beams of light from the sky?
Just one: if you had to be totally frank, what one thing (not person) matters most to you? Would your loved ones be surprised by your answer or would they know that response as 'so you?' Design twist - punctuation as the answer...such as ! for 'of course' or ? as 'really?' Or any other cool combo of punctuation.
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
― Virginia Woolf
“And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.”
― Groucho Marx
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
― Albert Einstein
“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde
“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”
― George Washington
“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
― Franz Kafka
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner
“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”
― Thomas Jefferson
“[H]iding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn't make you nice, it just makes you a liar.”
― Jenny O'Connell, The Book of Luke
“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson
“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking...”
― Leo Tolstoy
“To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.”
― Charles Dickens
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
― Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.”
― Walter Scott, Marmion