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Is it better to be honest and poor or dishonest and rich?

Evan Carioggia, Writer, Debater

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The Conditions:

Honest And Poor

-You always tell the truth and always have told the truth, with only a few white lies like: “that dress makes you look gorgeous!”

-You are living on minimum wage, probably in a tiny apartment on the bad side of town

Dishonest and Rich

-You lie about almost everything except for government documents and maybe to your family

-You are living the good life! You have a mansion in your favorite city in the U.S. and don’t have to worry about money problems ever!


The Debate

Honest and Poor: I think it would be better to be honest and poor because people will trust you, and trust is an important thing to have. Regardless of monetary problems that you may have in life, having people who trust you means that you have people to talk to and fall back on. If you lie all the time, it will come back and get you! You’ll make enemies who will want revenge. Eventually, you will make so many lies that you start mixing up stories, and you better bet that people will catch you! Why lie all the time? Just to have money? Be honest, so what if you can’t afford nice things, you are a nice thing!

Dishonest and Rich: I think it would be better to be dishonest and rich because you won’t ever have to worry about one of the most important things in the world: Money. So you don’t have anyone that trusts you, so what? You have a yacht and jet-ski that you can take on your oceanfront house that you just bought! You can rent out anywhere, or just buy it! Forget people, you have money!


The Survey

We asked a few people this question and here’s a paraphrased version of what they said (they had long explanations):

“I’m just really bad at lying.”

“If you’re dishonest and rich then people will see you as a bad person and greedy.”

“If I was dishonest and rich the lying would eat away at me and eventually I would just come clean.”


What are your opinions? Would you rather be dishonest and rich or honest and poor?

Voice your OWN opinion in the comments below!

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16 Responses to “Is it better to be honest and poor or dishonest and rich?”

  1. Omsurya on January 24th, 2017 11:52 am

    It should be more bigger

  2. Omsurya on January 24th, 2017 11:53 am


  3. Krish on February 3rd, 2017 3:18 am


  4. no on September 9th, 2018 7:14 pm


  5. Ainsley on May 1st, 2018 6:27 am

    Your gramatics should be “more” bigger

  6. Ainsley on May 1st, 2018 6:28 am

    Your grammar should be “more” bigger

  7. Yes is better to be poor and honest on January 31st, 2017 6:40 pm

    Yes really trust honest peoples in the society.

  8. Preyash aryal on July 30th, 2017 9:13 am

    According to me honest and poor people is more nicer than dishonest and and rich people

  9. Preyash aryal on July 30th, 2017 9:15 am

    According to me honest and poor people is more nicer than dishonest and and rich people. From Nepal, preyash aryal.

  10. dilipsingh on February 13th, 2018 1:51 am

    yes i accept that but we should say some time lie to save any one

  11. Krish on February 3rd, 2017 3:17 am

    I say it is better to be poor and honest

  12. Vandana on July 21st, 2017 5:41 am

    Too short but very good and useful as well as best

  13. Akram on April 3rd, 2018 12:36 pm

    According to me no one is totally honest or dishonest.But yeah poor are also dishonest according to me because poverty is only thing that makes them to become dishonest. Whereas rich also honest because we all have a zeal to become rich but we are not dishonest.

  14. Shamekha on April 10th, 2018 3:02 am

    Yes, Rich people do not get financial difficulties in their lives but if the person is not honest he /she is not loyal with himself/herself.He/She will be known as master of noneffective personality.these people can never make a respectable in place in people heart.

  15. Aamir on June 17th, 2018 8:59 am

    The subject is perceptional error. It’s other way round. Rich is honest and poor is dishonest. A poor man did not put his efforts honestly and sincerely to have enough wealth to live a comfortable life. This, however does not mean to amass wealth by illegal, unethical or any corrupt practices. In fact honesty is beautiful excuse of a poor for not being rich enough and successful. Therefore, down the time line the term “poor man” has become synonyms of “honest man”.

  16. wal on August 26th, 2018 12:44 am

    being honest can bring us to trouble like saying that a person who kill his friend and he tell the truth in 2 years after the accident.still the person will get to the jail.

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