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Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess and yet all the honesty in the world aint lawful tender for a loaf of bread Josh Billings Josh billings was a humorist whose sayings and writings were very popular because they were delivered in a very aqward manner That quote if broken down means to me that honesty is the best thing anyone can own although all the honesty in the world is still not worth a penny So the quote is saying if you are honest or not you still dont have anything to show for it except respect and moral rightness in your conscience I think this quote is show the best through a fable named Mercury and the woodsman A woodsman was cutting down a tree on the bank of a river When his axe hit the trunk it flew out of his hands and into the water He stood by the edge of the water mourning his loss Mercury appeared and asks him why he was sad The woodsman told mercury the story and out of pity mercury dove into the water and brought up a golden axe Is this your axe asked mercury No the woodsman replied Mercury dove in again bringing up a silver axe Is this it mercury ask Again the woodsman replied with a No Once more mercury dove into the water bringing up the missing axe The woodsman was happy to get his axe back and thanked mercury Mercury was so pleased with the woodsmans honesty that she presented him with all three of the axes as a gift The woodsman later told the story to his friends One friend decided to try it for himself The man went to the river and dropped his axe in the water Mercury appeared and learned that his axe had fallen in and again dove in bringing up a golden axe Before mercury could say anything the man cried out
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